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Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Arugula

For grilling lovers like me, this pasta salad is an answer to the side dish dilemma. I know, right? So many choices out there for a side dish.  If it’s up to me, I like to have one or two side dishes with grilled meat or seafood.  And who wouldn’t eat a salad? Veggie-packed Salad With a refreshing herb and…

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Blended Fresh Strawberry Margarita

One of the best ways to enjoy fresh strawberries this season is in a fresh strawberry margarita. This perfect drink is one of my favorite things because of the sweet strawberry flavor and red-pinkish hue. What an amazing seasonal drink. Fresh is Best We’re really lucky to get the fresh fruit here in California. There are so many strawberry farms…

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Grilled Flap Steak with Asparagus

Have you ever tried grilled flap steak (or flap meat)? It’s what’s for dinner tonight in my house. Lean and thinly sliced flap meat is widely sold here in California.  Sometimes it is used for carne asada.  If you’re wondering, it comes from the same belly area of the cow as the flank steak. Why do I like it? Because…

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Lemon Garlic Chicken Milanese

Attention chicken lovers: here is a juicy chicken Milanese you can make.  If you cooked with chicken breast before, you probably know how bland and dry it is. So what I did here is toss the chicken in an Italian trattoria-inspired marinade to add flavor and moisture. And voila! The result is a juicy and succulent meat packed with really…

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7 Gorgeous White Flowers for Easter

One of the better ways to celebrate Easter is with gorgeous white flowers. I love  decorating and gifting with white flowers for Easter because to me they symbolize purity and holiness. Additionally, white flowers are simple and timeless.  Here are some of my favorite white flowers for Easter…… 1. EASTER LILY Also known as trumpet lily for its large fragrant…

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Easy Pineapple Glazed Ham for Easter or any Holiday

Say hello to Easter and make this easy pineapple glazed ham.  To be honest, this succulent ham is certainly good for any holiday dinner.  First, the ham is studded with juicy pineapple slices and brushed all over with the juice.  Then the rest of the juice is used later for the glaze with cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar. Finally the…

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Skillet Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs and Sausage

For breakfast lovers, weekends are special when you can whip up something delicious like this sweet potato hash with eggs.  Although it looks impressive, it’s really deceptively simple to make and cooks fast. A Twist to the Classic Traditionally, a classic breakfast hash is made with regular potatoes with different mix-ins but I think you’ll agree that sweet potatoes are…

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How to Divide Daylilies

This year I promised myself I will divide daylilies (Hemerocallis) because they got overcrowded in the garden.  Also I have bare spots in the yard that can use new plantings.  So I said it’s time to do it and I’m sharing with you an easy way how.  Just remember, the best time to divide daylilies is in fall or late…

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Turmeric Chicken and Rice with Peas

For most of us who always have hectic days, I think we can all appreciate an easy one-skillet meal like this turmeric chicken and rice.  It’s definitely one of my go-to meals because it’s easy on the budget and not hard to make.  What I also love about it is you can add vegetables like peas, zucchini or cauliflower florets….

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Ditalini Soup with Chicken Sausage and Vegetables

These long, cold and rainy days we’re having in CA makes me crave for warm Ditalini soup with chicken sausage and vegetables. And yes, I like it piping hot. Good thing it’s so easy to make especially on a Sunday afternoon. So I usually make a big pot of this soup to have leftovers for lunch the next day. Ditalini…

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