Hatch Chile & Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Late every summer, huge displays pop up in grocery stores all across the U.S as a monument to the praiseworthy pepper that’s harvested in Hatch, New Mexico known as the Hatch Chile.

Cathy with Hatch-Chiles | She Paused 4 ThoughtI am a relatively new “Hatch Head” thanks to Melissa’s Produce, who introduced them to me several years ago. Since then, I have become hooked on their meaty, peppery & smoky flavor. Continue Reading →

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Grilled & Smothered Artichokes with “The Vegetable Butcher” Review

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Artichokes have eluded me for years because I wasn’t confident with cutting them. Not anymore, thanks to Cara Mangini’s The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini.

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Cara demystifies the world of vegetables with her butchery basics. This comprehensive guide to buying, storing, prepping, and cooking vegetables will help you at the grocery store, farmers’ market, and in the kitchen. It may also encourage you to try vegetables you’ve never eaten or cooked before, like cardoons and sunchokes. Continue Reading →

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Smoky Chipotle Guacamole & Guac-Lock Review

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When was the last time you ate 3-day old guacamole? Never, right? It is notorious for turning brown quicker than a chameleon slurping a cup of joe—until now. The secret is not an ingredient, but a clever container called the Guac-Lock that prevents oxygen from turning your gorgeous green guacamole into brown sludge.  coffee and chameleons

Introducing the Guac-Lock™

Being a food blogger means I get to try new products, which is one of my favorite parts of the job. Most are clever, but the Guac-Lock is ingenious because it solves one of those truly head-scratching problems – how to keep guacamole fresh.

It was no surprise to me the creators of this practical innovation are women. Thanks to “Mompreneurs” Jane Caplan Och and Sharon Lonner Prince for designing something in the Guac-Loc that is truly functional. Go team!

How it Works:

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How to Party like its Stardate 2016.08.08 – Star Trek at the Hollywood Bowl

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My favorite part of living in Los Angeles is being able to go to the Hollywood Bowl. Live music under the stars with great food and friends is something I look forward to all year. I cook for days preparing for a four-hour picnic extravaganza.

When we purchased tickets to Star Trek night at the Bowl, I assumed it would be full of wildly dressed Starfleet officers and aliens. I have never considered myself a Trekkie, but I take great joy in creating a themed party.

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Turns out we were on our own, in our silliness. We were applauded, photographed and caused heads to turn and eyes to roll all evening. I haven’t had this much attention since I was in my 20’s. Thank you Gene Roddenberry, JJ Abrams & Hollywood Bowl.

Here is how our portable picnic of galactic glam all came together. Continue Reading →

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Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs – Pomegranates & Saffron Cookbook

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I am forever fascinated with food from other cultures. International cuisine reveals so much depth and many unique flavor combinations that delight my culinary curiosity. Continue Reading →

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