Entertaining

BLT Salad with Avocado Dressing

This post is brought to you by the California Avocado Commission. Last week we had an avocado-centric summer backyard BBQ party with some friends to celebrate the last day before school began for our kiddos. The get-together was enabled by my friends at the California Avocado Commission who sent us a California Avocado BBQ Party [...]

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Blood Orange Tonic

Indulge in the flavors of the season with a blood orange tonic!  As a non-alcohol drinker, the typical options when I’m at a restaurant or an event can get a bit boring—soda, juice, sparkling water . . . .  Am I alone in feeling like it would be nice to have a few more options [...]

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Lemon Cherry Tea Cakes

This time of year always finds me wishing I was still living in Japan.  If we were still in Japan, I’d be out everyday enjoying the new blooms on the trees.  First the plum blossoms, and then the much anticipated cherry blossoms.  During our last spring in Tokyo, Squirrel and I went out almost every [...]

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A Goaterie Feast

At the beginning of this month I cooked a goat feast for my dad as a belated Father’s Day gift.  I had been planning the 6 course meal for weeks, and was so excited when the day finally rolled around.  It turned out to be an amazing meal.  I took pictures, but you’ll have to [...]

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Celebrating Spring with a Nutella Breakfast Party

So you may have noticed that I’ve shared a few breakfast recipes recently that feature Nutella as one of the ingredients.  Well the reason for this is that I recently hosted a Nutella Breakfast Bar for some friends, sponsored by Nutella.  If you  know anything about me, you know how much I love my Nutella.  [...]

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1940s Casablanca Dinner Party—”Here’s lookin’ at you kid.”

We recently hosted a little belated Valentine’s Day soiree at our house with a 1940s Casablanca theme.  The idea came from our friend, and evil genius, who gets a lot of fun and crazy ideas.  This is easily explained by the fact that he is an artist by profession (he recently published an awesome book [...]

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How to Make a Snowman Birthday Cake—Celebrating 4 with a Snowman Party

* Don’t miss out on the current LFM giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the cookbook No Whine with Dinner! For Squirrel’s 4th birthday last week, we threw a little birthday party at the house and invited some of her friends. We decided to have a snowman themed party—something fun and seasonal. We started [...]

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Tonkatsu (Breaded Pork Cutlet) with a Pomegranate Molasses Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu (Breaded Pork Cutlet) with a Pomegranate Molasses Tonkatsu Sauce Makes 4 servings Recipe Notes: The tonkatsu sauce should be prepared ahead of time.  If you’re worried about the cutlets getting cold after frying them, keep them in an oven preheated to 180 degrees Fahrenheit until you are ready to serve them.  If cooked at [...]

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Endive Boats with Avocado, Pomegranate, & Crab Salad—Gluten-Free Appetizer for Share Our Holiday Table

Add this recipe to ZipList! Endive Boats with Avocado, Pomegranate, & Crab Salad Makes approximately 30 boats Recipe Note: For those who want to make sure this appetizer is gluten-free, make sure to use a gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.  You could also substitute Bragg Fluid Aminos if you can’t find a gluten-free soy sauce. [...]

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Deep-Fried Thanksgiving Turkey Fun

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.  My in-laws drove down from Salt Lake City to stay with us and we all went to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. My aunt and uncle drove in from Bakersfield, and my cousin and his wife and their 2 kids drove in from L.A.  Everyone chipped in [...]

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