Roasted veggies on a platter - don't they look yummy?

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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Eat Real Festival tagline and purpose

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 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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Room with a view...The Grand Velas, Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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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Kara's Cupcakes

Cupcake Commentary – a follow-up

For all you cupcake-cake eating fans out there, there is a new show on Food Network called Cupcake Wars – yet another reality race-the-clock cooking show. Next Tuesday night, July 20, at 10PM, one of the cupcake makers will be Kara Haspel Lind of Kara’s Cupcakes, which are still my vote for the best cupcake […]

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The big finish - Tiramisu in a chocolate cup or was that my cappuccino I ordered?

Queen for Three Days

A quick post to share a decadent meal I was lucky enough to be served yesterday at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, CA. Once a year, I play in a ladies’ golf tournament where there is plenty of competition but mostly it is about having fun with friends, enjoying the outdoors, and […]

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A Crisp Summer Night

Here in Northern California, we have many crisp summer nights. As perfect as the weather is almost every single day, sometimes it gets pretty chilly at night. In my house, crisp summer nights are one marker that it’s summer. The other one is when I start making fresh fruit crisps all the time. Fruit crisps […]

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Father’s Day Omelette

Despite my repeated chiding to my kids that “he’s not my father”, I ended up preparing breakfast for my husband today with just some minimal sous chef assistance from his offspring. Kind of my fault — I suggested omelettes instead of the usual pancakes or waffles, which the kids could have cooked all by themselves. […]

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