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Sweet Berry Crepes with Mascarpone Cream

One of the most delicious sweet crepes to make are these strawberry and raspberry crepes.  It can be served for breakfast or dessert. Italian mascarpone cream cheese makes for a yummy creamy filling. Once assembled it is a show-stopper and will please anyone.  Best of all, it tastes so good.  What’s not to love? What’s Inside the Crepes Berries and…

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Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas for Tacos

Do you ever have days when you crave for Mexican flavors like tacos with pork carnitas?  Using a slow cooker makes it so easy to prepare. The best part is you can leave it alone to cook while you prepare your favorite toppings. The process can’t be any easier.  All it takes is putting all the ingredients together in the…

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Relaxing Outdoor Rooms That Invite You to Chill Out

This weekend at the South Coast Spring Garden Show the theme was all about relaxing outdoor rooms.  Each exhibit had its own unique design using a variety of plants, garden accessories and materials.  Here are some of my favorites that caught my eye. A show-stopping living wall filled with leafy salad greens and herbs is the focal point in this…

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How To Repot Houseplants

This weekend I promised myself to repot houseplants that have outgrown its 6-inch pot. I love my houseplants because of their attractive glossy leaves and interesting form.  They also clean the air inside the house. WHY IT’S TIME TO REPOT HOUSEPLANTS One particular plant grew really fast and it is time to move it to a bigger container.  I noticed…

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Savory Mini Tarts with Spring Vegetables

To celebrate the spring season it’s fun to make savory mini tarts with all kinds of seasonal vegetables. It’s easy to make using store-bought frozen puff pastry squares.  There is no rolling needed. You can even make it using your preferred vegetable or mix them together. What’s in the Mini Tarts The savory ricotta filling is flavored with garlic and…

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Shrimp and Zucchini Cakes with Lemon Chive Aioli

Spring is here and these shrimp and zucchini cakes are perfect as a light entree, appetizer or lunch.  In my neck of the woods zucchini and shrimp are available year round that I can prepare this dish any time.  It reminds me of crab cakes (which I love), only better because it has vegetable in it.  For shrimp and crab…

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Grow Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps

Can you really grow vegetables from kitchen scraps?  Well, yes and no.  It depends on what kind of vegetable it is.  I learned this after I did an experiment by planting my own kitchen scraps. Some leafy vegetables like romaine lettuce will regrow but the leaves get smaller and bitter because the plant starts to flower.  Others like bok choy…

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Corned Beef Stew with Cabbage and Potatoes

March is the best time to cook this corned beef stew when we find a lot of corned beef in the markets.  The stores put it on sale as low as $1.60/lb. so it’s really affordable.  Cabbage and potatoes are also on sale so why not?  It’s a very satisfying meal for the family especially on a cold day. The…

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