Category Archives: Party Food

Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad

For this refreshing Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad, thinly sliced fennel and apples are tossed with baby spinach, then dressed with a sweet and savory vinaigrette. Perfect for the season, you’ll put this salad on your table time after time.

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Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad is one of many recipes I tasted at a recent Melissa’s Produce for a media meet-and-greet with Denise Vivaldo & Cindie Flannigan, authors of The Food Stylist’s Handbook. Continue reading

Persimmons & Pomegranate Endive Cups

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Wow! These simple and healthy “Persimmons & Pomegranate Endive Cups” that feature Fuyu persimmons and pomegranates paired with crunchy pistachios and salty-tangy blue cheese are incredibly delicious. Their color and freshness makes them, in addition, the ideal antidote for Holiday overindulgence.

I made this for the annual Melissa’s Produce holiday event as well as a Christmas party, and judging by how fast they disappeared, well, I’d categorize them as a Huge Holiday Hit. Continue reading

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

These Cinnamon Roll Cookies are cute and delicious which makes them perfect for a cookie exchange.

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I belong to a wonderful group of food bloggers here in LA and our annual Christmas Cookie Exchange is one of the highlights. Thanks Erika from In Erika’s Kitchen for hosting this fun day.

I was looking for a unique cookie to bring and stumbled upon this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Cookies are not my forte so I have to call on expert help, and Sally is an expert.

Today’s Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Cookies

I had every ingredient on hand for these cookies, and you’ll likely have them on hand too, because they’re basic and simple. You’ll agree that this is a huge bonus – there was no shopping required. The recipe makes a basic sugar cookie dough that you roll out and brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

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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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Kale and Quinoa Salad – Cuisine del Sol Cookbook

This refreshing and delicious Kale and Quinoa Salad is a recipe from the CUISINE del Sol Cookbook supporting Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

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I love it when a delicious dish coalesces with a great cause to create an Olympian outcome! This refreshing and delicious Kale and Quinoa Salad is just such a dish. It comes straight from the CUISINE del Sol Cookbook, the work of several area chefs who put their creative talents (and some fabulous recipes) together to help support Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC).

Having worked as a graphic artist on the Olympics in Albertville, France, Barcelona, Spain and Lillehammer, Norway, I know the talent and dedication it takes to be an Olympian athlete. From all of my years in the food business, I know what it takes to be a successful chef.  The opportunity to meet people from both of these worlds at Melissa’s Produce was an honor. Continue reading