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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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Hatch Chile Party Bites

Hatch Chile Party Bites are great for summertime entertaining.

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Spicy, creamy, a little smoky, and a bunch of fun — Hatch Chile Party Bites are the perfect party appetizer.

Hatch Chiles are everywhere in the grocery stores this month. Many locations will even roast them for you. I couldn’t help making these tasty green guys into cheesy party bites – which sparked a story from my past. I’ll share it with you as I show you how the recipe comes together. Continue Reading →

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Painted Dubai – Travel Tuesdays

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The first time I saw pictures of Dubai, I thought they were altered with Photoshop. When I arrived in Dubai, I felt like I walked right into a movie set on the backlot of Universal Studios. Everything around me looked surreal. I wasn’t sure if I had time traveled to the past or the future, soon it became clear, I was in both.

In capturing the essence of this bizarre place, I took a few painted liberties with my photos to show the diversity, beauty & craziness of this intriguing city.

Dubai | Cathy Arkle | She Paused 4 Thought

I stood in awe looking across a man-made lake bordered by high-rise buildings sprouting like weeds out of the desert. Continue Reading →

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Sugar Pies in Perouges, France

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I love taking a step back in time, especially when it is to the Middles Ages. So when I arrived in Pérouges, a well-preserved medieval walled town, I was enchanted.

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This fascinating and historical cobblestone town is perched on a hill overlooking the Ain River valley 19 miles north of Lyon, France. Continue Reading →

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

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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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