Mango Ginger Chicken Recipe

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Soometimes when I bite into a perfectly ripe mango with my eyes closed, I feel like I'm in the tropics.  The flavor and perfume of the mango takes me to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Tahiti -- really, anywhere tropical.And now I'm sitting on the beach!Certain foods often bring our minds to different places, moods, or … [Read more...]

Sunomono Salad, Minty Popsicles, Vanilla Smoothies, and Spicy Salsa: All full of Kisses!

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Kiss melons have worked their way onto my favorite foods list.And my favorite foods list is quite exclusive. (Even if you know another food on the list, it's hard to get on, or move your way up.)A couple of weeks ago I announced my new and exciting collaboration with Sandstone Melons, and today I'm sending you … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Pride of Madeira and Salt Roasted Chicken Recipe

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I could have called this "The Best Chicken Recipe Ever!"  I didn't, though.  You see, there are hundreds of best-this and best-that claims out there.  People throw the word "best" around a lot.This, however, is the best chicken I've ever made.  Hands down. And let me tell you, I've made dozens upon dozens of … [Read more...]

Chicken Sausage Cassoulet Recipe

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In almost every situation -- be it a movie, a quick coffee, or a party -- I don't like to exclude anyone who might want to join in.So, if you're a meat eater, I certainly hope you didn't think for a moment that I'd leave you out of our cassoulet indulgence!Sure, the Vegetarian Cassoulet Recipe we made yesterday … [Read more...]

Chicken-Grape Salad with Sautéed Potatoes, Sweet Spiced Pecans and Lemon-Mustard Dressing

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Did you know you can invite people (presumably friends or family) over for a meal and serve only salad?It's true: you could consider salad to be a "one-pot meal" of sorts!Okay, let's be realistic:  I wouldn't serve just salad without a nice, rustic loaf of bread, drinks and of course, a fantastic dessert!This … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving Recipe: Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey - truly AMAZING!

As you know from yesterday's Cornbread Stuffing recipe, Thanksgiving is full of wonderful food memories for me -- and it happens to be my favorite holiday!After all, it's all about food!I go nuts with the turkey, and I love the entire process.If time permits,  I highly recommend brining your turkey.  … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Mexican Sage and Herbs de Provence Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe

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It doesn't get much better than braising and roasting in the fall and winter. (Yes, even here in Los Angeles!)  The cooking is just as comforting as the meal.How good does it sound to spend a weekend day at home cooking?  Maybe friends and family are around -- or maybe you're alone, and they'll come around to eat … [Read more...]

Rosemary Honey Turkey Meatball Recipe

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These are the perfect bite-sized hors d'oeuvre for a cocktail party! Sweet, savory and oh-so-delicious!Good things come in small packages.  That's what I've always been told, and that's what my kids will always be told, too.  (I'm 5-feet, 1-3/4-inches on my tippy-toes.)Coincidentally, I love small plates and … [Read more...]

Silvia’s Summer Seafood Paella

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As you know, we recently took a family vacation to New York.  We planned the trip around the wedding of our close friends, Ed and Danielle.  The wedding was at Danielle's family home in Woodstock, and it was gorgeous!  I could write forever about all the exciting details of the fun wedding -- but, for now I'm focusing … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Chicken Recipe with Brown Basmati Rice

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Clearly I'm having a bit of a "thing" with roasted garlic.I can't help it.  I always roast a bunch of garlic at once to have on hand to cook with for a couple of weeks (and to spread on bread)!  In this recipe, the roasted garlic transforms the chicken and rice into a delicious comfort food!  I'm telling you:  … [Read more...]