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Asparagus and Pea Salad with Lemon Mint Dressing

Homemade lemon mint dressing gives this asparagus and pea salad a refreshing taste. It highlights all the individual flavors of all the ingredients. What a great way to use green peas in season this spring! Today I officially miss the local farmers’ market. I miss browsing through fresh produce and tasting most of the samples they offer. With this lockdown,…

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Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

I thank God for my Meyer lemon tree. There are so many things I could use lemons for, and my favorite is this Meyer lemon ice cream. What I love about it is you can use cream, yogurt, or half and half to make the base and they’re all delicious. Like I said before in my previous lemon blog, the…

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White Coconut Cupcakes

It’s been raining for days. I hope the rain washes away the corona virus. I felt like baking today so here’s the result…. White Coconut Cupcakes for Easter. I needed something festive to take away the anxiety we all feel. We won’t be gathering with other family members, just whoever is in the house now. I feel like a white…

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Quarantine Gardening – Why Not?

Since we are on lockdown indefinitely, I am taking the time to do quarantine gardening and catch up on spring gardening chores. There are so many things I can definitely think of in order to use most of the free time staying home. If you enjoy gardening like me, here are some projects that I hope will inspire you too………

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Comforting Minestrone Soup From What I Have

One of the most important lessons I learned from my mother is to be resourceful. During this uncertain corona virus lockdown we are forced to be more resourceful with cooking. So I prepared this comforting minestrone soup just from what I have in the pantry. You can easily adjust and substitute most of the ingredients depending on what you have….

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a popular appetizer for Easter or any holiday. It’s one of the easiest things to make and so versatile. You can try changing the add-ins to make them suitable to your taste. For me, I like adding different herbs to it like parsley, chives, tarragon, and spring onion. Some people put in lemon zest or capers to…

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Cajun Jambalaya

Cajun jambalaya is a great one-pot dish to cook anytime. I don’t cook a lot of Cajun or Creole cuisine but this is one that I really like. Cajun cuisine is a style of cooking in Louisiana that was named from the French speaking Acadian people in Canada who were deported by the British to this region. Cooking this jambalaya…

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Garden

Sedum Palmeri – The Easiest Plant to Grow

One of the easiest plant to grow for me is Sedum Palmeri (Stonecrop). It’s just a wonderful plant that really checks all the boxes. Once you get your hands on this succulent, I’m sure you will want to plant them all over the yard. My first sedum came from cuttings given to me by my aunt. I was in Rome,…

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Bacon Wrapped Lobster Rumaki

This lobster rumaki is an amazingly easy and delicious option if you ever wonder what to make for appetizer. Did you know it’s lobster season? Here in CaliforniaI I find wonderful spiny lobster freshly caught in the mighty Pacific Ocean. I grew up enjoying rumaki served at parties and family gatherings. Traditionally, we make rumaki with sausage wrapped in bacon…

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Tropical Fruit Crepes Delight

In my house everybody loves this tropical fruit crepes because they are irresistible! Using exotic fruit such as mango and kiwi with strawberries makes for an interesting combo with a creamy filling. It’s a fabulous dessert anytime and even a great breakfast for some people. The key to making good crepes is watching it closely and not leaving the stove….

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