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The gratitude bowl

  Living in California has its perks and one of them is that fresh food and healthy options are very easy to find. People may joke about our green juices and vegan options, but those diet choices truly make the body and mind feel better. You can't enjoy those...

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Sunday morning scones

Before we moved my husband and I would spend our Sunday mornings biking into a nearby neighborhood to wander through the farmers market, picking out flowers and vegetables from each vendor. It became a routine to pick up a cappuccino for both of us and a scone for me,...

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Quick kale champagne salad

It has become a running joke among my friends and co-workers that I eat kale at every meal. I guess I fit right into the stereotypical view of a Southern California girl, but truthfully the hearty green is quite delicious. Last spring, when I was planning the menu for...

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The new toast

Toast is one of those comforting foods that holds rank with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and other homemade recipes that have emotional healing powers. Its scent can take over a home just like any freshly baked good and its buttery golden crunch in undoubtedly...

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Alice’s Apple Galette by Jacquilyn in the Kitchen

I first saw Alice Waters speak at Scripps College when I was in my senior year of college. I was mesmerized by the way she talked about food, her twinkle in her eyes when she talked about the kitchen and nourishing people and her evident passion for food. She talked...

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Spiced apple biscuit waffles by Vegetarian Ventures

I find myself wandering into the kitchen more and more as the days are shortening, a slight nip can be found in the breeze, and my body begins to crave warm comfort food. The lingering evenings filled with late night swims and too many fruity drinks are fading and I...

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Reinventing the cheese plate

Last weekend my husband and I hosted a cocktail party at our home. I'm pretty easy going when it comes to planning an event and often go for the usual items that fill the food table. Fresh crunchy vegetables, sliced baguette, some sort of mixed salad, and of course...

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Brown butter oatmeal raisin walnut cookies

When I was younger I remember equating oatmeal cookies to adults and more specifically, my dad. There was something intriguing and slightly quirky about the cookie, it wasn't a decadent chocolate chip variety you equate to sticky fingers and grandma's house, or iced...

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Quinoa, avocado, and tomato salad with lemon dressing

After moving out of my parent's home many years ago I have only lived in one other place that had air conditioning. It was like an unknown luxury walking into my own apartment and feeling air that wasn't balmy or oven-like. Sleeping with the sheets on, actually blow...

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