Chicken Shish Kabobs 2

How to: chicken shish kabobs

Los Angeles, Ca, May 20, 2015- There are never enough chicken shish kabobs when you make them! It’s that perfect tasty and fun summer dish that keeps everyone happy. Whether it is the harmonious flavors melting together or the smaller pieces of meat and vegetables that make it so appealing, serving shish kabob is always a crowd pleaser. If you’ve never made shish kabob before…

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Photo by: Mary Payne Moran (c) hail mary's inc. 2015

Cooking after my child pushed your child

May 9th, 2015- The day my child pushed your child will change the way I think about parenting and mothers forever. It was a day like any other day. The boys and I woke up, we colored, we played outside, we ate breakfast and eventually everyone had rest time. I have two boys; Mark (4) and Henry (2). Thankfully, despite Henry’s desperation to stay awake…

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Strawberry Margarita

Strawberry Margarita recipe

Los Angeles, Ca, May 5th, 2015-Who needs a margarita, Who needs a strawberry margarita? Me too! Here is a great ‪‎Strawberry‬ ‪Margarita‬ recipe perfect for today. I wrote and food styled this delicious ‪‎cocktail‬ for ‪‎Traditional Home‬ magazine for their April issue of  Great Gatherings. The Recipe: It was fun creating this thirst quenching strawberry margarita to please all the right people at the magazine.…

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Salmon tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Los Angeles, Ca May 5th, 2015- Cinco de Mayo- Is your Cinco de Mayo celebration taking place in your house, me too. There will be no Mariachis, parades or music performances, but there will be salsa, guacamole and lots of delicious fajitas. Celebrate the Mexican Army’s Victory at the Battle of Puebla over France by eating delicious foods that are influenced by and loaded with…

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refrigerator

How to: clean and organize your refrigerator

Los Angeles, April 23rd, 2015-Your fridge is the safety and health zone of your kitchen, protecting food quality and freshness is a priority for your family. You shouldn’t have to worry about getting food poisoning from products you put in your refrigerator, right?! So, what is the best way to keep your refrigerator filled with edible food? The obvious answer is: Clean out your refrigerator…

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Pasta

How to: Homemade pasta

Los Angeles, Ca, April 20th, 2015-Making pasta seems like a daunting task but as I tell the five-year-olds I teach and my amazing brother who has taken up cooking,  it’s a combination of four basic ingredients; egg, flour, water and salt. The biggest challenge is overcoming your fear. Pasta requires time, attention, know-how and a reliable pasta machine. There are many fancy machines that help…

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Sandwiches

Recipes of the week: Simple to sophisticated sandwiches

Los Angeles, Ca, April 8th, 2015- Lunchtime arrives every day and we are always looking for something to eat. Try adding a few new and old sandwich recipes to your repertoire- classic chicken salad, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, turkey and Brie Panini and last but not least a raspberry and cashew pinwheel. The trick to making great sandwiches at home is to keep the fresh…

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no make up

Cooking with a child on my hip

Los Angeles, Ca, March 25, 2015- there are glamorous parts about cooking professionally (i.e. a chef), but plenty of unglamorous, down right, no fun parts as well. I love cooking for my kids, don’t get me wrong, but some days are harder to cook for them than others. There’s so much information on the Internet about eating organically, watching out for food colors, should you…

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Shallot

How to: Shallots

Los Angeles, California, March 21, 2015-Shallots are a gift to the cooking world and they are great to use if you know how to cut them. A relative of the onion, the shallot is basically a smaller onion with a sweeter, milder flavor. Unlike onions, which grow in a single bulb, shallots form in clusters in a manner similar to garlic. When learning to cut…

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