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Graveyard Rice – “Bowls of Plenty” Cookbook

This decadent dish of Graveyard Rice will have the adults at your Halloween party swooning.

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Halloween decorations are starting to pop up everywhere. Yes, it is that time of year when people start to get obsessed with ghosts, graveyards, skeletons and such. The only thing I am obsessed with are the flavors and textures of the marrow and vegetables in this recipe for Graveyard Rice, which looks like a bunch of bones in a graveyard.

Graveyard Rice is just one of many delicious recipes from Carolynn Carreño’s cookbook Bowls of Plenty: Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals which offers a range of internationally inspired dishes to make at home.

Bowls of Plenty | Carolynn Carreno

I recently met Carolynn at a media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce. I love her down to earth philosophy on eating.

“I believe that food matters. Everything about it, from how it was grown, how it was prepared (with resentment or love? patience or hurry?), how it was consumed (with fear or with gusto?). It all counts.”

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Spicy Beef Skewers

Spicy Beef Skewers | She Paused 4 Thought

Everybody has his or her go-to recipes, and this is one of mine. They’re simple, scrumptious and for me who gets easily tired of the same old thing, they seem endlessly fresh and new.

Katie Chin Chinese Cookbook | She Paused 4 Thought

I got this favorite from Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen, which features family-style, Chinese-American dishes she learned from her mother.

Katie’s love of cooking flourished at an early age—watching and later helping her mother, Leeann Chin, prepare delectable Chinese dishes in her multiple restaurants. Katie inherited her mom’s passion and talent, and has become a respected food writer, cater, teacher and television personality in her own right. Both mother and daughter have had the privilege of cooking in the White House for two different presidents. Continue Reading →

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Root Vegetable Tarte Tatin

Root Vegetable Tarte Tatin | She Paused 4 Thought

It seems that everyone wears a label these days when in comes to food. I consider myself to be a flexitarian, that is one who is plant-based, with occasional meat products. I also try to avoid eating processed foods. One thing I am not, is a Neophobian (extremely picky eater). I have been known to eat tarantulas, ants, crickets, guinea pigs, reindeer, camel and a few other things not worth mentioning. Continue Reading →

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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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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.

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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.

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