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

Shrimp Lemon Risotto Stack | She Paused 4 Thought

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.

Star Trek at Hollywood Bowl | She Paused 4 Thought

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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Artichoke & Crab Dip w/Dinner Solved Cookbook Review

Artichoke Crab Dip | She Paused 4 Thought

“What’s for dinner?” – the dreaded question for many busy parents, especially when trying to accommodate picky eaters, meat-lovers and vegetarians in the same meal.

Katie Workman understands this well with her family, and offers plenty of solutions in her new book, Dinner Solved! 100 Ingenious recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You.

Katie Workman - Dinner Solved!

Katie offers adaptable recipes with easy variations so that everyone at the table is happy, including the cook. She also offers side notes on how to get your kids involved with the dinner process, what can be made ahead, as well as leftover solutions and finding endless ways to reinvent a family favorite recipe. Continue Reading →

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Shrimp & Veggie Saute w/Goldenberry Sauce

Shrimp Saute & Goldenberry Sauce | She Paused 4 Thought

While I was vacationing in Cartagena, Colombia I had a unique dish that has haunted my taste buds ever since. I scoured the Internet in hopes of finding Chef Jorge Escandon’s creation he calls “Tostones de La Madre Teresa” served at La Cevicheria.

I don’t have a proper translation or understanding of why the dish was named that, but I would like to think that perhaps its heavenly goodness inspires thoughts of Mother Teresa.

Whatever the hidden message in the name of this unique dish, I am so excited because I’ve recently discovered one of the key ingredients is available in the U.S. so wanted to share it with you!

Introducing Goldenberries:

Goldenberry Cape Gooseberry | She Paused 4 Thought

I first tasted these sweet and tangy bite-sized fruits when I purchased them along the roadsides in Colombia. I had no idea what they were, but once I unwrapped one of these golden globes of goodness, I knew I had to figure out how to smuggle them back to the states. Thank heavens they are now legally available here. Continue Reading →

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Top 13 Recipes of 2013 | She Paused 4 Thought

Top 13 Recipes in 2013 | She Paused 4 Thought

The New Year is almost here so I though we would take a look back at the top 13 posts of 2013. Thanks to all my readers who made this year of blogging so much fun. Continue Reading →

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Roasted Cherries with Salmon

I have a love-hate relationship with cherries. I love to eat them and I hate to pick and pit them. Back on the farm in Iowa, we had a sour cherry tree that represented countless hours of pure drudgery to a child. I endured the pain for the taste of my mother’s perfectly latticed tart cherry pie.

After moving to Los Angeles I started craving freshly harvested sour cherries – despite the memories of pitting them. Luckily I discovered Bing cherries. These dark lusciousness gems are sweeter, easier to pick (at the grocery store) and as delicious as cherries from our farm. Unlike the sour cherries, you can pop these sweet treats in your mouth, or cook them in a sweet or savory dish. Continue Reading →

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