Homemade Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Shallots

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It is never too early to start thinking about Holiday meals. Meat has traditionally been the main attraction, but side dishes are now successfully vying for stardom. It is always fun to add a new dish to your repertoire, and even more interesting to amp up a classic. Today’s homemade version of the classic Green Bean Casserole is sure to make you retire your canned mushroom soup for good.

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Spicy Persimmon Salsa

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It is that time of year here in Southern California when persimmons are falling off trees like manna from heaven. One of my favorite ways to eat a divine Fuyu persimmon is fresh.

The Fuyu persimmon is quite hard to describe, as it is sweet like a date, crunchy like an apple, with just the slightest hint of pumpkin. There are two major varieties – Fuyu and Hachiya. This recipe is for Fuyu only; to learn about the different varieties, click here. Continue Reading →

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“BOO”Berry Truffles

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I am not a Halloween lover. I can pass out over a cut on my finger, let alone looking at gory bloody body parts, zombies and such. So why am I posting something for Halloween? My Food Blogger Los Angeles group decided Halloween would be a good theme for this month’s meeting. Continue Reading →

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Hatch Chile, Veggie & Goat Cheese Jalousie

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Sometimes I am sent something so unique it requires some creative thought to really do it justice. Hatch Chiles from New Mexico were just that. This year Melissa’s Produce sent me these scary green guys that send most people into a frenzy at this time of year. I am undeniably attracted to them, but afraid their heat will fry my tender insides.

Now I can embrace their heat because I’ve discovered the Mild Hatch chile. This chile has all the complex flavor yet none of the extreme firepower of their stronger cousins. Thank you Lord, (since I am a spicy chile wimp). Continue Reading →

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Fig and Ginger Brûlée Tart

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Figs are my current obsession. They make me happy when I gaze at them. Their sensuously rich, honey-like taste – which always makes me think of a hot summer day under the Mediterranean sun, pairs well with many flavors as well as on their own. I suspected a few people didn’t know what a fresh fig tastes like, and after my last fig post my suspicions were confirmed. How can something so seductively flavorful, something as old as the Bible, still be so unknown to so many?

I recently hosted a party for my Mom and her sisters for their annual silliness fest, where they eat and laugh until they can’t do it anymore. The day of the party just happened to be my Aunt Sharon’s birthday. So with my abundance of fresh figs generously donated by the California Fig Industry from the Figology Fest LA event, I thought what better way to celebrate than with a fresh fig tart.

When the gals all arrived I mentioned that I had a special fig dessert for them, the conversation stopped, until my dear Mom got it started again with a silly Ole and Lena joke. It turned out the joke was on me when I found out they thought they hated figs.

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