Kitchen Basics: A is for Avocado

Avocados – they’re not just for guacamole anymore! Known as the “Avocado Capital of The World”,  Fallbrook (my hometown) was original called Live Oak County Park. Our Avocado and floral industry are the largest agriculture entities in the area. There are over 60 wholesale and retail nurseries located around the Fallbrook area.  With our annual […]

Got Grapefruit?

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It’s citrus season in California and that means we have plenty of Lemons, Oranges and Grapefruit! Do you love grapefruit? I sure do. I know, I know…they tend to be bitter and sour and make your teeth feel funny, right?  Yes…and I still love them.  I guess you have to be a certain type of […]

Kitchen Basics: Getting Started

If you are just starting to cook, or are moving out on your own, chances are, you don’t have much in terms of cooking equipment. Here is what I recommend for you to get, in the beginning. As times goes by, you will, of course, get more kitchen gadgets. But here are 5 that I recommend […]

3 Crock-Pot Soup Recipes

  One of the advantages of preparing soups in a Crock-pot is the richness of flavour from the slow cooking process. Today, I am sharing with you three deligthful Crock-pot recipes for soups, great confort dishes any time of the year, but especially during the cold of winter! 16 BEAN SOUP 1 package 16 Bean […]

Big Red

In my younger days, I must admit that the thought of paying several hundred dollars for a kitchen appliance like a KitchenAid stand Mixer was not only NOT in my budget but also something I JUST couldn’t justify!  It’s been quite few years now (20+ to be more accurate) and several mixers later when I realized that quality DOES […]

Heavenly Homemade Bread

I have fallen in love with Homemade Bread and Big Red!   I have waited over 20 years to get “Big Red” and I really don’t know why I waited so long.  It always seemed such a HUGE expense to me to purchase a Kitchenaid Mixer.  That is until you have one.  Then…you can’t live […]

P is for Persimmon Bread!

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P is not only for our good friend…Pumpkin, but also for Persimmon, the much overlooked fruit of winter time. My dear neighbor lady down the street from our house has a persimmon tree.  And every year she sells her persimmons (which are organically grown) for 3 for $1.  And I snag as many as I […]

Lacto-Fermenting: What & How

 I absolutely love to ferment!   You may know (or not…that’s another post!), that I love Kombucha…so this was a natural progression for me.  I have made fermented veggies in the past, but it was a hit-and-miss endeavor.  Sometimes they turned out, most often they didn’t.  When Matt from Fermentools contacted me…and I investigated his […]

Comfy Casseroles


Comfy Casseroles for Cold and Wintery Nights! Welcome back to another installment of my obsession with Casseroles!  This time around I am featuring Chicken, Potatoes, Corn, Cheese and BACON!  What could be wrong with any of these recipes??!!    After unearthing these lovelies from the dungeons of my Recipe Bookcase…I am thinking the Corn & […]

3 MORE Casseroles

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A casserole, from the French word for “saucepan”, is a large, deep dish used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The word is also used for the food cooked and served in such a vessel, with the cookware itself called a casserole dish or casserole pan. No matter which language you speak, the […]