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KitchenAid Chronicles: Converting a cake to cupcakes

KitchenAid Chronicles: Converting a cake to cupcakes

A few weeks ago when I was in the grocery store I thought I saw a boxed cookie mix for strawberry lemonade cookies (It turns out the cookie mix is actually for pink lemonade cookies, which I will be making at a future date.) The idea of... Lire la suite ›

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Kitchen Aide Chronicles: A return to cuisine

Kitchen Aide Chronicles: A return to cuisine

For most of this year, life has gotten away from me and I've had less time to spend in the kitchen than I would have liked. My sister got married. My cousin got married. Then I got married. And we had all the prerequisite bridal showers,... Lire la suite ›

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Showered with sweet treats

Showered with sweet treats

For my sister's bridal shower, which I helped to host last Sunday, I initially wanted to order cupcakes from my favorite shop in Salinas, A Piece of Cake. My idea months before planning the party was to order two to three flavors of mini... Lire la suite ›

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Christmas is gone, but the leftovers remain

Christmas is gone, but the leftovers remain

My mom and I plan a Christmas Eve buffet each year for the extended family. The number of guests has changed from year to year, as some family members moved out of state while other family members are added (either through new babies or... Lire la suite ›

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Japanese squash with an Italian twist

Japanese squash with an Italian twist

My fiancé really likes storage solutions so recently he bought a wire basket to get our onions, potatoes and various squashes off the counter. Thanks to my mom's CSA, we've gotten a variety of winter squash including some we've never... Lire la suite ›

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A cold works as an appetite suppresant

I've discovered a horrible way to suppress ones appetite - just get a really bad cold. The cold I've had the last week kept me from going to the gym, going to work (at least one day) and mainly just wiped me out physically. And it also... Lire la suite ›

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Fresh beets beat the canned variety

Fresh beets beat the canned variety

Last week my mom gave me a bunch of beets from her CSA box from Timptations. No one in her house especially likes beets and my fiancé has also been outspokenly against eating beets. My mom and I figured we could roast them along side some... Lire la suite ›

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Rainy weather perfect for oven roasting vegetables

Rainy weather perfect for oven roasting vegetables

After four days of Thanksgiving leftovers complete with homemade whipped cream, pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing and more, I planned some vegetable-filled meals this week that would be light on the calories. Photo by Melissa Flores Vegetables... Lire la suite ›

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An apartment full of Thanksgiving scents

An apartment full of Thanksgiving scents

Thanksgiving preparations start early in my house and end late. I started a month ago when I bought a sugar pie pumpkin, the variety that is best for baking. I got it from an organic grower in San Benito, but also saw them at Trader Joe's... Lire la suite ›

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Healthy meals balance the indulgence

After several weeks of indulgence, my fiancé and I decided it was time to buckle down with some healthy meals. He had spent a weekend in Vegas with friends while I spent a weekend at home with my parents; then we indulged for several days... Lire la suite ›

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A cake (or two) to celebrate

A cake (or two) to celebrate

When James and I went wedding cake tasting in August, we found a cake we really liked at a bakery a few miles from our apartment. Dick's bakery on Meridian in San Jose has a specialty unlike any cake I've ever had. They make burnt almond... Lire la suite ›

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More cheese, please

More cheese, please

Last Thursday, I took my fiancé to a hotel on the beach in Aptos. Since we went out to a nice dinner for our anniversary I planned an alternative to another night at a restaurant. I know how very much he enjoys cheese, crackers and... Lire la suite ›

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Days of indulgence start with anniversary celebration

Last week was quite a week of indulgence - full of cheese, meats, bread and sweets. From Wednesday through Saturday, vegetables were few and far between as my fiance and I celebrated both our two-year anniversary and his birthday. We... Lire la suite ›

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In-between season fruit lull

It still feels like summer out there this last week, but a few recent trips to the grocery store tell a different tale. The stone fruits are long gone - no more peaches, nectarines or apricots. The berries are tasting a little tart,... Lire la suite ›

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Rustic Italian dishes straight from the source.

Rustic Italian dishes straight from the source.

A rustic pasta dish includes carrots, peas and a meat sauce.My mom and I signed up for two cooking classes in October, one on fresh pasta dishes and one of fall Italian comfort food. We had both made fresh pasta before and we both know how... Lire la suite ›

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Mushrooms and peas make weeknight risotto

Mushrooms and peas make weeknight risotto

When you live with someone you quickly learn what foods they like and dislike, especially if you are the one who does most of the cooking. My loved ones know I don't eat fish, raw onions or bell peppers. Since I'm the primary cook in my... Lire la suite ›

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Lasagna two ways

Lasagna two ways

Lasagna cupcakes are an easy and quick way to get the flavors of the traditional casserole dish. Photo by Melissa FloresLasagna is one of those rare meals in my house because it takes so much time and effort to make it. It requires cooking... Lire la suite ›

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A colorful box of produce prompts a midweek replacement

A colorful box of produce prompts a midweek replacement

An unexpected gift of produce on Wednesday made me mix up my meal plans for the week on Thursday. I ended up with a box of produce that included rainbow chard, green beans, broccoli and some fresh fruit. Having used chard before, I knew it... Lire la suite ›

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A pot of soup down the drain

When my family makes our homemade chicken soup recipe, we usually make it last for several meals each time. So it was quite rare that I only got one bowl of soup out of the last batch my mother and I made over the weekend. And it certainly... Lire la suite ›

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An afternoon of cheesemaking

An afternoon of cheesemaking

Photo by Melissa Flores Homemade fresh mozzarella tops a caprese salad. When I was a kid, my grandfather made queso fresco at home. When I was little, I always wanted to eat a slice of it when I went over to visit and he would always... Lire la suite ›

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