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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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Elegant Pomegranate – Sima’s Healthy Indulgence Cookbook

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Let the festivities begin! And what better way than with this Elegant Pomegranate sparkling drink?

This fantastically flavorful drink is just one of the many indulgences from Sima Cohen’s new cookbook Sima’s Healthy Indulgence: 100 Revamped, guilt-free recipes to transform your life.

Sima is a celebrity trainer, nutritionist, wellness expert and life coach with 20 years experience. Her new cookbook has 100 soul-and-stomach satisfying recipes which cover six meals a day (three main courses & three snacks), including nutritious drinks and desserts.

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Heritage Barley Pilaf (Slow Carb)

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This colorful and healthy Heritage Barley Pilaf is a great way to replace a fast carb (rice) with a slow carb (barley). 

I love good stories, relevant information, and flavorful recipes. When the three coincide, I am thrilled. Such is the case with today’s cookbook and review of Deepa’s Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine by Deepa Thomas.

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In response to her husband’s Type 2 diabetes and her own struggle with weight, Deepa responded with “What if I reinvented Indian food without the carbs”?

So she did, and after six months of cooking and eating “Slow Carb New Indian,” Deepa lost twenty pounds and freed her husband from a ten-year routine of insulin shots. How, you might ask? The secret is in the book, along with the story of her life’s journey and discoveries she made along the way. Continue Reading →

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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.

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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 →

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