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Todd and Diane

Spicy Bloody Mary

A great cocktail can be indulged anytime of day and a Bloody Mary for brunch is the perfect answer. We’ve been spiking our foods with extra spice lately and the cravings of heat didn’t stop at the cocktails. Spicy cocktails … Continue reading

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Amped Up Movie Night

Movie nights have long been our favorite escape at the end of a draining day. Just the two of us (well, three if you count our Boxer, Sierra), a couple glasses of wine, a good movie and a bowl of … Continue reading

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Roasted Curried Cauliflower

Curries are essentials in our household and have become a go-to comfort food when we’re in need of being fed well. The best part of why we love curry so much is its versatility. Adding a touch of Spice Islands® … Continue reading

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Homemade Steak Rub

One of the special pleasures at our dinner table is having a great steak. With so much amazing seasonal produce available in Southern California, we can live off veggies alone but sometimes we crave protein and a juicy steak hits … Continue reading

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Puerto Rican French Toast with Pineapple Puree

It was only a few weeks ago that we visited Puerto Rico with an open mind and heart to their culture and cuisine. We knew very little about their culinary history except for the fact that Puerto Rican coffee was … Continue reading

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The Little Things

So many times in life, it is the little things that make all the difference. The details are often what transforms something average into exceptional; from mundane to memorable. This observation applies just as much to cooking as it does … Continue reading

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Compound Butters for Summer Grilling

Summer has its glorious peak and the stalks of sweet corn are sweeping the skyline. It’s hard not to be inspired during this time of year for outdoor gatherings. Grabbing a few close friends, refreshing drinks and grilled dishes is … Continue reading

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Our favorite homemade ketchup

There are few joys of humanity like having friends or family over for a summertime barbecue. Everything in life seems to slow down and relax. It gets savored rather than devoured.  So when we have these gatherings, we want everyone … Continue reading

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Summertime Pickles

When first glancing at a restaurant’s menu, one of the earliest indications that we love a place is the inclusion of house-made pickles. Pickled onions, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, asparagus, beets, chilies. Whatever has caught the fancy of the chef … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Cinnamon and Snickerdoodle Cookies

Almost three years ago, my partner Todd and I traveled to Vietnam, my birthplace, for the first time. It was a special trip because even though we’d been together for over 13 years, this was Todd’s first opportunity to meet … Continue reading

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