The Ultimate Bhutan Breakfast

Food and travel are our passions. Often it’s those home cooked meals from our travels that trigger our fondest memories. I brought back our most savory souvenir, a Bhutanese breakfast from a 6-day trek. Our mornings started off with “Mr. Chef” huddled and hovering in a small tent making us an egg dish called Gondo Datshi and Fried Rice. On […]

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DIY Chai Infused Almond Milk

You’ll be delightfully surprised at the dramatic taste difference between homemade almond milk compared to commercial brands. Chai milking it for an utterly creamy, nutty beverage plus it is an ideal replacement for any dietary lifestyle. Why you should chai becoming a DIY health nut? There is an itty bitty amount of nuts found in shelf stable nut milk brands. […]

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Gluten-Free Persimmon Appetizers

Filling up on not-so-healthy appetizers during holiday parties often gives you that a not-so-satisfying feeling in the pit of your stomach. Replace crackers or bread and build an eye-popping Persimmon Platter filled with a mouthful of sweet, tart, and peppery toppings. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 Fuyu persimmons 2 oz of favorite soft goat cheese A handful of fresh chopped arugula […]

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Sultan Chocolate Cupcakes

When cupcakes were riding the wave of popularity several years ago, it seemed as though every town and city had a store or food truck packed with a plethora of flavor options. In our local community, we loyally made weekly visits to our cupcake store and often, devoured a whole box of these frost-filled treats before we got home. One […]

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Roasted Fresh Tomatoes Year Round

Tomatoes are one of the most plentiful, seasonal fruits during the summer. When you slow roast tomatoes, it extracts an intense flavor that needs so little to make your pasta radiate with taste. When winter arrives and the produce begins to wane, you’ll have an almost ready-made sauce that brings back unforgettable memories of summer’s best eats. Roasting Tomatoes Recipe […]

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Pesto Presto Recipe

We collaborated with Farminista’s Feast on a Cooking Web Series highlighting quick, easy, tasty, healthy meals. Because basil peaks in the summer season, last year we went on a tear to make enough jars to freeze, so we could use off season. With little effort and time, you can make pesto presto. We recommend purchasing a few basil plants because […]

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Zesty Strawberry Scones

Scones are like a hybrid of muffins and biscuits. Bake up some homemade Strawberry Scones for a breakfast or use leftovers for a deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake.  Every bite is loaded with strawberries pieces and a hint of orange zest. Strawberry Scone Recipe Servings 8-12, 30 minutes to prep Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour […]

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Shakshuka, an Eggceptional Breakfast

There is nothing like bringing a taste of your travels back home. Last December, I had the opportunity to visit Israel and tasted a Mediterranean breakfast dish called Shakshuka. It was an egg dish that satiated my appetite with unusual exotic spices blended into a rich sauce enveloped by fried eggs. About a month later, we made our annual pilgrimage […]

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VIDEO BLOG: Pasta for Dessert

Dig into a dessert with a pretty cool twist on Tiramisu. Papparadelle’s Pasta has an astounding variety of fresh, dried, frozen pastas, sauces, and more. Through Twitter, we connected with Papparadelle’s, and it was love at first bite. They tempted us with an irresistible dessert recipe using their Chocolate Hazelnut Ravioli. Chocolate Ravioli Tiramisu Recipe Serving size: 3-4 Ingredients: 12 […]

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VIDEO BLOG: Deconstructing a Strawberry Shortcake

Whip up a sensational summer dessert with leftover strawberry scones and homemade whipped cream. Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake Servings 2-3 10 minutes to preparations Ingredients: 2 pieces of leftover Strawberry Scones A large heaping spoonful of homemade vanilla bean whipped cream ½ – 1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries Directions: Break up scone into small chunks on a plate creating the […]

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Travel to Cuba: Time Stands Still

(Written recipe at the bottom of the blog) Time has stood still in Cuba. The plethora of classic American cars lining the streets of Havana are reminders of the 1950s. It’s all about the revolution where Che Guevara, the Castro brothers, and Hemingway are heroic, “larger than life” figures capturing the mindset of the Cuban people. The fascination with Cuba […]

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How to Repurpose Chicken

Let’s talk Chicken with 3 makeover recipes on how to use what is leftover. Before you pick out the leftovers, start with roasting up a whole chicken. Here’s the pecking order: ROASTED CHICKEN & VEGGIES IN A CLAY POT Prep time: 30 minutes  Cook time: 50 minutes – 1:20 hours   Serves 3-6 Ingredients: Romertopf Glazed Clay-Cooker Any Size Whole Chicken 3 […]

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Worth her Salt and Then Some

Closing a chapter on her catering career with a high-profile clientele, Private Chef Robin has embarked on a new chapter of personal dining, flavored salts, and her “A Taste of Ojai” cookbook. After meeting Private Chef Robin on Instagram and trying out a few of her small plate recipes, we found that these dishes using these infused salts with local […]

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DIY A Cold-Brew of Coffee

Sugar, milk or a combination of both is often a remedy for smoothing out the bitterness in a cup of coffee. Iced coffee is often so watered down that bitterness and acidity can linger and put a damper on this hot day beverage. The cold-brew process removes the bitterness, giving you a balanced taste. You may just decide to opt […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles Recipe

Sometimes you have to make a bit of a mess in the kitchen to get a Sweet Reward. This messy  recipe brings out the inner child, yet with its bite-sized portions, it has the sophisticated and indulging taste custom made for an adult palate. Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are so expensive to purchase but are a bit more budget friendly when […]

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Blackberry Lemon Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Summertime is filled with lots of fun seasonal activities, like blackberry picking. Picking this delicate and fragile fruit can be dangerously fun through all the poking, prodding, and piercings as you maneuver your body through the thorny landmine…so, grab a basket, a bucket, or bag and prepare yourself for some blackened hands! If you can’t or not up for this […]

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Morning Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcakes, cupcakes, and more cupcakes…they are everywhere:  at your local markets, farmer’s markets, bakeries, dessert bars, weddings, cupcake stores, and cupcake trucks.  My go-to cupcake is the under-appreciated MUFFIN.  I have one at least once a week and have 3 choice recipes I make and freeze. Aside from the ever so popular Blueberry, I finally have a muffin recipe for […]

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