Photo by: Mary Moran

About: Summer Salads

“Lettuce is like conversation: It must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.”
C.D. Warner, 19th century, foodreference.com Los Angeles Ca-Summer salads are in a different completely different category than the salads that you eat during the rest of the year. Lettuces are brighter, younger and more flavorful. Plus the delicious ingredients that go into salads like tomatoes,…

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How to: Healthy Poolside Snacks

Contributed by guest blogger: Jennifer Allen  If your kids are anything like mine, they could spend all day at the pool if I let them! Can you blame them though? It’s hot outside, the water is cool, and the fun is endless. As an adult, I too love spending time at the pool. I love being outside. There’s also the added bonus that the kids will…

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What to cook for Memorial day 2016

Los Angeles, Ca, May 26th, 2016-We finally made it to Memorial Day and as tradition it officially marks the beginning of delicious summer foods like grilled meats and vegetables, summer melons and sweet fruit desserts. Eating a delicious meal, hanging out with friends and soaking up the beginning of the summer sun makes it easy to forget why we celebrate this historic day. As you’re…

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Flying with babies, toddlers and kids

Contributed by: Mary Moran Los Angeles, Ca, May 23rd, 2016- While flying I’ve had good and TERRIBLE experiences on planes with my boys. The best experiences were when I packed really good travel food. The alarm clock goes off at 3:30 am and as I reach for the snooze button I realize I have to make a flight out of LAX with two children under…

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Salmon tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Los Angeles, Ca May 5th, 2016- 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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Board games taught us to cook, who knew!

Los Angeles, Ca, and 2014- have you ever thought about classic board games and how they might have helped build your cooking skills? Well, they did and here is our list to prove it.   OPERATION: The classic kids game where you use tweezers to remove pieces from the body of a funny little man and if you accidentally touch the sides, the game buzzes…

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Ingredient of the Day: Artichokes

My family comes twice a year to visit from Oklahoma, and as they are driving that 27-hour drive, their excitement grows with anticipation for the fresh produce they’ll see along the way. As they drive closer and closer, Mom and I discuss all of the delicious things that are available in California but not in Oklahoma. One particular item that we all salivate for are…

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Ingredient of the Day: Leek

April 25th, 2016-I love leeks. This strange and unusual vegetable is really the secret weapon in all of my cooking. When you taste that soft supple flavor, nine times out of 10 it’s a leek. Leeks are perfect for fish, chicken, and soup. You can shred them, dice them, use them as wraps, or cut them into circles! Sweeter than onions, leeks resemble large scallions.…

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New recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Los Angeles, Ca- My kids are in school and I have about 30 minutes to my name of free time, so what am I doing? Well, I will tell you, I am writing about the sour cream and lime ice cream with strawberry rum sauce that I created for Traditional Home Magazine this month! There are so many new and different recipes I created for…

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shun knife

Product Review: Sora 8 inch Chef’s knife by Shun

LOS ANGELES, CA –Shun (pronounced Shoon) is known world wide for giving chef’s, cooks and food lovers a knife with the sharpest blade that’s been hand crafted with a design like nothing else on the market today. “In the great tradition of Seki’s sword smiths, every knife is handmade by highly skilled specialists and requires at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete. Every day, the legacy…

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Strawberry glazed ham on thyme biscuits

How to and recipes: Ham for Easter

This Easter it’s probably not even a question of whether or not you’re serving ham. The succulent, sweet and saltiness flavor of ham is a perfect addition to any table or buffet. Even though it is done every year, the great news is it’s a classic main course and if you’re not serving it your guests might wonder what else you’re serving.  Other great things…

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Ask Mary: Easter Eggs

Dear Mary, What is the best way to prepare Easter eggs? Thanks! Ann Marie One Easter, when I was about three years old, my mom’s beautifully decorated Easter eggs caught my attention. Sitting in a nice basket, they looked like a delicious treat. So, I crawled up onto the table and stuffed them into my mouth. Imagine my mom’s surprise when she came into the…

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How to: Brunch

Los Angeles, Ca- Brunch is always a good time filled with good food and drinks filled with fruit, vegetables and bubbles.  This month’s Traditional Home Magazine I worked with Krissa Rossbund and Stephen Exel to create a vegetarian brunch that would satisfy even the biggest meat eater. The menu includes Carrot-Orange Cocktail, Mango and Raisin Chutney over Goat Cheese, Asparagus Soup, Spring Frittata, Wilted Baby…

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