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Idaho Hash Brown Baskets with Baked Quail Eggs

Potato Palooza 2015  | She Paused 4 Thought

Did you know February is potato-lover’s month? Well that was news to me as well (as if I need a reason to eat more potatoes). I learned about this at the 2015 Potato Palooza Party sponsored by Don Odiorne of the Idaho Potato Commission and hosted by Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen & Judy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad.

There, potatoes were smashed, shredded, whipped, roasted, smothered & decorated from savory to sweet. More than 30 Southern California food bloggers were present, each swooning with delight. Individual dishes were cleverly coordinated with a holiday, reminding us of the potato’s year round availability. Continue Reading →

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Cashew Nut Cheese

Cashew Nut Cheese | She Paused 4 ThoughtNow that the holidays are over and we look towards the New Year I want to get back on track with healthy recipes. I became quite fond of dips and chips over the holidays and wanted to continue the celebration spirit with healthy food. The Super Bowl is shortly upon us and it occurred to me that it would be nice to have something tasty we could enjoy eating that we could also feel good about.

This cashew recipe fit the bill. I originally made this for a party where I wanted an alternative to my homemade Truffle Salt Ricotta for my dairy-free friends. 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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Mini Spanish Potato Tortilla

Potato tortilla

I love Spanish cuisine. Recently I had the opportunity to learn how to make one of its stars, a “tortilla,” from my Spanish born-and-raised girlfriend Visi. When I arrived at her home I found out I wasn’t the only one dying for a Spanish cooking lesson. Six other enthusiastic cooks were chatting with excitement about making Visi’s “Tortilla de Patata” (Potato Tortilla) a dish it turned out we all loved. Today’s recipe is an appetizer-sized twist on this traditional recipe that Visi brought to my Spanish themed party I recently hosted. Continue Reading →

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Nectarine Salsa & Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta


Southern California grows an amazing selection of summer fruits. I love them all, but the nectarine is currently my favorite. They are a no-fuss succulent fruit that can quickly star in your summertime sweet or savory creations.  Continue Reading →

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