New Years

Meyer Mandarin Kosho, a twist on classic Japanese citrus pepper paste

Although our holidays were wonderful, they did not go quite as planned.  Squirrel came down with a stomach virus a few days before the start of Christmas break.  We left to drive to California 4 days later, thinking we were in the clear, because Squirrel had survived the stomach virus and no one else appeared [...]

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Toasting the New Year with Ginger Soda

I can hardly believe we are about to greet the beginning of a new year once again.  This past year has been full of so much—change, excitement, joy, surprise, and sadness—that it’s hard to believe so little time has passed.  I always enjoy reflecting on what the past year has brought our family, and this [...]

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Holiday Waldorf Salad

This post is brought to you by Green Valley Organics. With all the rich desserts and heavy meals that seem to accompany the holidays, I always like to make sure that I have something light and fresh up my sleeve to serve when the occasion arises.   I love making a Waldorf salad to serve [...]

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Easy Holiday Canapé Trio

This month I am partnering with Whole Foods and Kitchen PLAY to help you out with your holiday entertaining.  Although the holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, how often do we stress over what we are going to put on the table and end up spending more time worrying about the food [...]

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Chocolate Chess Pie (with a Chocolate Almond Crust!)

This post is brought to you by Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs. I must be missing Memphis, because lately I’ve been craving all of the Southern foods I fell in love with when we lived there—collared greens, pulled pork, banana pudding . . . you name it, and I’ve been craving it.  Thankfully I’ll be making [...]

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Lucky Hoppin’ John and Happy New Year!

あけましておめでとうございます!  Happy New Year!  This morning as I watched hatsuhinode (the first sunrise of the new year) through clouds and softly falling snowflakes, I marveled that another year had passed so quickly.  It seems it was just yesterday that we were welcoming 2012!

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Baked Shio Koji French Toast

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien   Every year on Christmas morning, as soon as my brothers and I were all awake and my parents gave us the go-ahead, we’d run to the fireplace to see what Santa had left in [...]

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