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Mardi Gras King Cake – a carnival on a plate!

Mardi Gras King Cake – a carnival on a plate!

As a native of California I was Mardi Gras-deprived until I turned thirty. Growing up amidst the waving palms, my only experience of Mardi Gras came vicariously through television. I…

Health officials warn public to avoid eating cactus pads

Health officials warn public to avoid eating cactus pads

State health officials warned today against eating certain cactus because it was sprayed with dangerous pesticides in Mexico. A batch of cactus pads, or “nopales,” tested to have been doused…

Hottest grilling trends include ‘planking’ to impress guests

Hottest grilling trends include ‘planking’ to impress guests

SOUTHERN CALIF. – Americans love their gas grills, but some feel that grilling over gas loses some of the flavor associated with charcoal and smoke. Well, worry no more. There…

Afternoon Tea – England’s noble tradition

Afternoon Tea – England’s noble tradition

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ― Henry James Taking tea is a subdued tradition – a…

Easy ways to make favorite recipes healthier

Easy ways to make favorite recipes healthier

NORTH COUNTY – A healthy diet plays a significant role in a person’s overall health. Without a healthy diet, men and women are more susceptible to disease and other potentially…

Light meals perfect for summer dining

Light meals perfect for summer dining

FALLBROOK – When the weather is warm, people venturing out to eat have an opportunity to expand their culinary horizons and consider fresh, light meals offered at local restaurants. Although…

Trim calories with cool summer drinks

Trim calories with cool summer drinks

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Watching one’s weight doesn’t have to mean a life of water and boring diet drinks, but it is possible to keep the summer sweet without extra…

Fresh, springtime recipes perfect for California avocados

Fresh, springtime recipes perfect for California avocados

Smoky Bean, Bacon, and California Avocado Tostadas Source: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for The California Avocado Commission, copyright 2008 Preparation: 25 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: (Step…

Recipe of the Week – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

Recipe of the Week – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

Another end; another beginning. As we look back upon all the joys and triumphs that we have accomplished this year, while also looking forward to another year spent making your…

Creative cooking with holiday leftovers

Creative cooking with holiday leftovers

The holidays bring an abundance of specially prepared dishes to most homes and, in many cases, leftover food. Recycling the leftovers into new meals is an easy way to cope…

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