Yellow Pepper Paprika Grilled Shrimp

I have to admit, I’m a little scared of scallops. I WANT to like them…those mushroom marshmallow seafood puffs. They are so beautiful looking, unique, perfectly round. Just like me, right? Just kidding…we all know I’m not “round” in any, way, shape or form. AND, my ego is so teeny tiny I’d never call myself…

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Shrimp Nopales (Cactus Paddle) Salad

Not too long ago, I was presented with a challenge. Challenge accepted. Mission accomplished. As a way of helping you to meet your daily cactus requirements, I have successfully transformed these crazy looking spiny paddles, leaves, or “nopales” into a¬†delicious and completely refreshing salad, with shrimp! So refreshing, in fact, you’ll swear you’re living in¬†coastal…

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Cilantro Lime Chicken

I’ve really been on a cilantro kick as of late. Sure, I’ve always adored the somewhat sassy herb. But, perhaps it’s my itch for some warm weather that’s drawing me closer to the fresh fragrance and peppery pizzazz of the bright green. I seem to be using it in everything! Oh, and with some zingy…

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Artichoke Marinara

There seems to be this false illusion that we eat like kings in our house each and every day (well, I suppose like a princess for me). Gorgeously planned meals and superb photos posted 3-4 days each week creates a sense of awe, I believe, in others, as well as myself, at times. Is it…

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California Chicken

As the winter weather continues ~ and the cold air chills my bones ~ I find myself longing for the warmth of the southern California sunshine. (And don’t get me wrong, Wine Country always beckons…always). Scents of citrus, creamy avocados, and bright green produce serve to warm my heart and spirit, if not my physicality….

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Again, a combination of both warm elements and crisp cool crunch in a salad make a meal complete. Warm foods in the belly create a feeling of comfort and true nourishment. Sometimes I just don’t know how we survive on those hot summer days when nothing warm at all appeals, as sweat drips down the…

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Chili Mocha Skirt Steak with Rainbow Carrot Crunch

  I believe it’s still slow cooker and crockpot season. In fact, isn’t it always a good time to break out the slow cooker and not have to worry about a thing…walking into a house wafting of sensual aromas and savory spices? Why yes, of course. And, to add to the savory spice mix, why…

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Cardamom Ginger Shrimp

I’ve been dreaming of preparing this dish for weeks now. I’ve not yet discovered why there are so many times in my life when I consistently and repeatedly procrastinate the process of something I know in my heart will result in nothing but loveliness and joy. It just simply happens. …and this dish was both…

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Lemon Thyme Brussels and Bison Balls

This meal was a hit a few weeks ago – but without the opportunity to document and photograph the goodness. Thus, I took it upon myself to recreate. It was worth it. In fact, the first time the food filled the bowl and passed the lips of my better half, we experienced one of the…

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Buttery Sage and Pumpkin

Again, it may seem like pumpkin season is behind us, but really, who are we kidding? Pumpkin deliciousness is always welcomed in our home. After all, we are connoisseurs of the beloved winter squash in any and all variety. With a bit of pumpkin-sage quiche lingering on my palate, a simple dinner delight of delectable…

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