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Treat Your Mama Right

Just like an anniversary or a partner’s birthday, Mother’s day can sneak up on you. But you aren’t doomed to just buying a sad bouquet on the freeway offramp. Kiki is here to help with some ways to give your mother what … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is Easy!

Remember that tear-jerking story-song, Rocky? She said, “Rocky, I never cooked Thanksgiving before, don’t know if I can do it… but if you’ll let me lean on you, and take my hand, I might get through it…” Thanksgiving is actually … Continue reading

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My Search for a Low-Carb Dessert That Doesn’t Remind me of Spackle

OK, so in reality, I can only get away with a few bites of all of the beautiful desserts I photograph for you. Instead I make do with no-sugar-added Fudgesicles and Jell-o Sugar-Free Chocolate Pudding Cups. So far these are … Continue reading

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Real Men Don’t Make Quiche

Who says? of course when men make quiche they download the recipe straight from The Food Network site. But this quiche is absolutely praise-worthy. made by a real man! Ingredients Short Crust Pastry: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsalted … Continue reading

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Seattle Wednesday: visiting day

When I was a little girl, there was a Chinese family from Trinidad and Tobago that lived across the lane. All us kids played together. They had mostly girls, and I was kind of like their toy doll for the … Continue reading

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The Wedding Cake of Deceit

When my friend Kristina told me she was having brownies instead of a cake at her wedding, I was aghast. “You need something to cut! What about the pictures? Don’t worry. I’ll make you a cake.” Never mind that I … Continue reading

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Have your Soup and Eat it Too

This week the weather started cooling before soaring back into the 90s. Just enough time for me to make soup. But I couldn’t decide between albondigas and pasta fagioli. So I figured, why not have the best of both worlds? … Continue reading

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Pasta alla Tesoro

We will return to our regularly scheduled turtle programming in a moment, but first, this delicious recipe! Now that Autumn is here, it seemed like time to play with some new flavors and add a little spice after summer’s lightness. … Continue reading

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Rock the Crockpot!

Our generation was never quite as obsessed with kitchen gadgetry as our parents were. Most people never seem to venture beyond a blender and a George Foreman Grill. After all, Margaritas and paninis can get you through your 20s just … Continue reading

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Mmmmm – Vegan Thai Curry

Thai food can be an issue for vegans. Everything has hidden fish sauce or oyster sauce in it. Luckily, here in LA there is always Bulan Thai, California Vegan, Vegan Glory, and Vegan House. Some Thai Town restaurants will prepare … Continue reading

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And There’s the Rub

A rub is simply a mixture of herbs and spices that can be rubbed into the meat before grilling or smoking. The longer the rub is on, the more the flavors will permeate the meat. But it can also be … Continue reading

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Mmmm Short Ribs

There are few things more comforting on a cold, rainy evening than a big roasting pan of short ribs. Serve over polenta if you are feeling fancy, or over grits for a more homey touch. BRAISED SHORT RIBS 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

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Let’s fry some catfish!

CATFISH “FINGERS” 2 pounds fresh catfish filets2 cups milk2 eggs10 dashes Tabasco sauce1 Tablespoon yellow mustard1 cup “fish fry” mix ½ cup cornmeal½ cup flour¾ cup cornstarch2 Tablespoons Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon pepper½ teaspoon garlic powderPeanut oil … Continue reading

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Fettucini con Pesto alla Trapanese

I had some Parma ham that we didn’t end up using for the braciola the other day. So I thought I would improvise on a Pesto alla Trapanese. The original inspiration for the recipe came from the LA Times Food … Continue reading

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