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Surviving the Halloween Junk Food Glut: Ten Snacking Tips for Busy Parents

With Halloween just around the corner, stock up your pantry and refrigerator with some healthy snack foods before the candy and treats take up all the space. You’ll find ten suggestions for some unprocessed, tasty snack choices in my guest post at EatingRules. For the month of October, EatingRules has challenged us to eat only […]

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How Did Bubbe Bake It – The Prequel

Recounting a great BlogHerFood 10 “aha” moment     In March of 2010, I wrote a post called How Did Bubbe Bake It – Part 1, exploring a sketchy recipe I had written down capturing how my maternal grandmother baked a Jewish 3-sided cookie called a hamantaschen. In the post, I promised to write Part […]

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OMG! BlogHerFood

As I dive head first back into my real life in the suburbs of San Jose, I want to share some of the enthusiasm (and SWAG) I was saturated with at the BlogHerFood conference held this weekend in San Francisco.     Besides this outrageous spread of free stuff I brought home (thanks dormant chef […]

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Tomato Time

With the grocery stores still full of tomatoes (at least in California), I’m sneaking in a post about a yummy roasted tomato sauce you can make from that last batch of home-grown or store-bought round red fruit we all love. Now that the temperature outside is cooling down, turn on your oven and try this […]

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Roasting Vegetables – Minimal Effort Yields Maximum Flavor

Roasting vegetables at any time of the year yields lots of flavor with minimal effort

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The Battle of the Blintz – Celebrating the Jewish New Year with Food

We just finished celebrating the Jewish New Year, 5771. The High Holidays, as they are called, start with Rosh Hashanah, which means literally “head of the year” and is followed ten days later by a somber holiday called Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, which is an opportunity to clear the slate of wrong-doings from […]

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Mobile Food Truck Mania at the Eat Real Festival

After such an overwhelming response to my blog post about pop-up restaurants and gourmet food trucks (thanks to my freshly-pressed feature on the wordpress.com homepage and of course my fabulous and insightful writing), I felt compelled and inspired to do some hands-on research into the trends, starting with the gourmet food truck or mobile food […]

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Great Food Trends for a Bad Economy: Pop-up Restaurants and Gourmet Food Trucks

As we listen to the dismal economic news this week — plummeting housing sales and weak employment figures, it’s easy to think about what isn’t working and what we need to cut back on to financially survive this crisis. But happily, when the going gets tough, the tough often get creative and find new ways […]

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A Culinary Adventure through the Yucatan Peninsula, Part 2: Achiote, Chayote, and Cenote

Part 2 of our culinary adventure takes us from five-star food and lodging to the hot and sticky Mayan jungle. But even here, I found some interesting and delicious food ideas to share. On the day of our 20th anniversary, we rose early, slathered on the biodegradable sunscreen and 100% DEET and headed on our […]

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A Culinary Adventure through the Yucatan Peninsula: Part 1

A visitor to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, best known for the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza and the bustling beach resort of Cancun, could describe many aspects of the region with superlatives but you wouldn’t expect the food experience to be one of them. The most Xtreme adventure parks within a few square miles […]

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Yummy in South San Jose – A Visit to the Farmer’s Market!

Back in February, I wrote a couple of posts about how excited I was when I found yummy food in the Evergreen area of South San Jose where we have a dearth of good restaurants and gourmet groceries. So when I find something exciting and delicious not more than ten minutes from my house, I […]

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