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Christmas Cranberry Orange Scones

While I was at the market today, I found beautiful Cara Cara oranges so I made these cranberry orange scones.  Cara Cara orange is a type of navel orange with reddish pink color inside.  Similarly, they are seedless, juicy and sweet, It’s definitely one of my favorites. What can be more Christmasy than cranberry and orange? I just love waking up on…

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Almond Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Jam Filling

It’s Christmas time and I always look forward to baking these almond sesame thumbprint cookies.  What I love about it is the buttery dough (like short bread) flavored with almond extract.  The coating of sesame seeds add crunch and nuttiness. When filled with raspberry and apricot preserves, it’s just cookie heaven! The other thing that I love about this cookie…

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Chocolate Dipped Apricots and Trail Mix Bark

Holiday chocolate treats. They are everywhere.  Although I love chocolate and cookies, I also make these chocolate dipped apricots and trail mix bark as a healthier option. Because they’re sturdy and keep well, they’re perfect for snacking or as edible gifts. Above all, there is no baking required, no added sugar, and it’s super easy to make. So all it…

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Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks

In honor of Thanksgiving season, I’ve created this pumpkin pecan ice cream for dessert.  I had so much fun using my ice cream maker last summer that I think I will be making more.  And why not pumpkin when it’s the classic flavor of the season? By itself pumpkin is quite bland so it needs spices like cinnamon, ginger and…

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Easy 15-Minute Cranberry Sauce

Who needs the canned cranberry sauce when you can easily make a fresh one? Yes, it’s so easy and much more flavorful. In fact, it’s not only a side dish.  Spread it on your toast or muffin with butter for breakfast and it’s wonderful. It’s packed with holiday flavors like cinnamon, cloves and orange zest. All it takes is mixing…

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Mixed Nut Brittle

For Halloween I thought I’ll make this mixed nut brittle as a treat for the adults.  Some of us don’t really enjoy eating all the candy from the store.  I’ll wrap it in clear bags, then tie it with a pretty bow and my guests can take it home.  Somehow we all feel less guilty in eating this sweet treat…

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Autumn Squash Sauté with Thyme

If you love fall flavors, you will like this easy autumn squash sauté. One of my favorite squash is delicata squash because of its flavor and you can eat the skin. Here is a recipe very similar to ratatouille, only its quicker to make. As soon as I see pumpkin at the store, I look for delicata squash.  It’s easier…

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Lobster Meunière

It is lobster season here in California and this French style lobster meunière is what I’m dreaming to make. In general, California spiny lobsters are carefully fished by compliant licensed fishermen.  Fishing law allows for a daily limit and prohibits taking smaller lobsters.  A hefty fine is charged to poachers who don’t comply. Fortunately for us, a family friend who…

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One Pot Mexican Chicken Chili Soup

As the weather is cooling down, most people (like me) are craving for something hearty and comforting like this healthy chicken chili soup.  Packed with so many vegetables and beans, it is rich in fiber. It will definitely keep you full and not feel hungry for a few hours. One large pot is all you need to cook this easy…

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