Friday Flowers: Christmas Holly and Spiced Almond-Apple-Persimmon Bread

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If I ask my dad about a plant or flower that I've seen in the Santa Monica mountains, he's either very proud to tell me that it's a native or almost annoyed to tell me it's not.  I think it's funny.  It's almost like he's defending the mountains . . ."You know, that's not from here, it shouldn't be here," he'll … [Read more...]

Winter Persimmon Salad with Honey Glazed Pistachios and Blue Cheese

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Did you know that just like a bowl of chili, a salad can also be a comfort food!?  It's so true!  And this Winter Persimmon Salad is a perfect example.This salad is rich with flavor -- both sweet and savory -- and has warming spices.  I even find a persimmon to be aesthetically comforting and warm.  Just look at … [Read more...]