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Chickpeas with Artichokes and Pita Mediterranean Style

I love making this sauteed chickpeas inspired by the Mediterranean flavors of oregano, olive oil, garlic, olives, and red chili flakes. It reminds me of my trip to Italy where I ate my way up through Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Rome, and Venice. The combination of chickpeas with artichokes, tomatoes, and capers makes it a delicious party dip or a satisfying…

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Broiled Salmon in Citrus Ponzu Sauce

I try to make broiled salmon for dinner at least once a week.  It’s actually my personal favorite because to me it’s comfort food.  Because salmon is a big fish, you get a lot of flaky meat from it.  I love that it cooks fast and it tastes amazing! It has a delightful sweet flavor. This succulent and delicious broiled salmon…

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Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary & Garlic

These flavorful grilled pork chops are great for last-minute dinner plans. They can be made quickly and easily if you’re in a time crunch – just marinate them in the fridge for 20 minutes or more and they’re ready to hit the grill! Aromatic rosemary combined with balsamic vinegar, blended with fresh garlic and olive oil, makes for a heavenly…

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Salmon Cakes with Tender Greens and Lemon Aioli

These luscious salmon cakes are so easy to make. It is a good alternative to traditional crab cakes. In my neck of the woods, crab can be very expensive because it comes from back east.  Salmon is a good option as it is rich in omega fatty acids and a great source of protein.   Here it is served with…

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Spaghetti with Tuna and Capers, in 15 Minutes

Spaghetti is a classic comfort food, but why not make it healthy with tuna, capers, tomatoes and spinach? This is a great alternative if you are craving to eat spaghetti without the meat sauce and with much less cheese.  It also makes for a great complete meal because you have lean protein, vegetables and carbs all in one dish. The…

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Great Finds

Great Skin Care Products to Use

Using great skin care products that works is very important in taking care of your skin. Your skin can become oily, dry, or dirty because of constant exposure to wind, sun, dust, and the cold.  Some people are lucky to have good genes and have good skin but it always helps to take care of it. Here are some great…

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Quick Asparagus Recipe – Ready in 8 Minutes

I love cooking with asparagus because it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t need a lot of ingredients.  I like that its creamy flavor can shine by itself.  It’s also an excellent source of vitamins, iron, protein and fiber. When it’s in season, I prepare it at least once a week. If you are buying asparagus, I recommend picking the ones…

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Easy Moscow Mule Recipe

Moscow Mule is a delicious cocktail traditionally served in a copper mug.  It is so easy to make and good for anytime. The lime juice and ginger beer makes it so refreshing on hot days.  The ginger also gives you a hint of warmth, perfect for cold days. It goes well with a lot of different foods.  (Try it with…

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Garden, Travel

A Garden of Beautiful Ideas and Inspiration

Do you love to garden?  Do you enjoy day trips?  Are you looking for garden  inspiration and ideas?  Visiting Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar, CA is a lot of fun. They have a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants, trees and shrubs.  Every season they showcase a spectacular display of beautiful plants. I think it is the best…

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How to Grow Lavender in a Pot

Lavender (or Lavandula) is a fragrant flowering plant in the mint family.  It is commonly used for garden and landscape,  and as a culinary herb.  Its essential oil is used commercially in soaps, candles, lotions, and aromatherapy.  The dried flowers can also be used for arrangements.  Do you know that lavender attracts butterflies?  It can also repel insects like mosquitos,…

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