Friday Favorites for “Winter”

by Todd & Diane December 19, 2014
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We really don’t have a “Winter” down here in the Orange County basin of Southern California. In fact, we might have 2.5 seasons, most of which is mild to warm weather. The other .5 season is pretty much what we’re getting right now, cool dipping down to 48 degrees F this week. Brrrrr. When we […]

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Favorite Pot of New England Clam Chowder in 30 minutes

by Todd & Diane December 15, 2014
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It’s been about two years since we’ve been to Boston, but the memories of our last visit was filled with rain, cold and more rain. And it was awesome. Being starved of rain down in Southern California for so long, we always hoped to have rain like those visits to Boston. We love the rain […]

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Favorite Gifts for Cooks and Eaters

by Todd & Diane December 13, 2014
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Happy Holidays friends, hope you’re staying warm and enjoying every moment in the kitchen. Our holidays are simple and we stopped giving gifts because we wanted to simplify our lives and free up time to enjoy more quality holiday moments with family and friends. But you know what that means? A little extra budget to […]

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Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse from David Lebovitz “My Paris Kitchen”

by Todd & Diane December 10, 2014
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Our neighbor just came over and talked about getting together for the Holidays then the conversation immediately diverted to “Can’t believe we’re in December. Where does time go?” So true. Gosh, we’re suddenly feeling a sense of panic, not for any shopping or holiday reason, but more because we’re trying to enjoy December as much […]

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Baked Butternut Squash Crumble-Casserole Recipe

by Todd & Diane December 7, 2014
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Back by reader request, here’s our classic butternut squash crumble recipe with new images and updated technique. It’s a holiday reader favorite since 2010 and also shared in our Bountiful Cookbook. Great as a side dish or vegetarian entree, you can adapt it with sausage or ground meat for a meat-lovers version. Enjoy and Happy […]

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Roast Spaghetti Squash with Sausage-Tomato Sauce

by Todd & Diane December 4, 2014
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For Thanksgiving last week we were visiting family in Eastern Oregon and there was a brief period that we were in minus 6 degree F weather. Brrr. -6 degrees F? That’s what we said, especially for us Southern California folk that live in 80 degree Winters. When visiting cold weather, it’s dishes like oven roasted […]

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Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Marinara Sauce

by Todd & Diane November 25, 2014
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At some point during this Thanksgiving week you’re all going to want to either cleanse or use up leftover turkey. For us, it’s both. On Saturday we had a huge Thanksgiving meal for our Southern California family and friends. It was a combination Thanksgiving and Friends-giving with family and close friends. We cooked for eighteen […]

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For the Love of Brussels Sprouts: Recipes for Holiday and Everyday

by Todd & Diane November 17, 2014
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It’s hard not to find a bushel of brussels sprouts somewhere in our fridge during this time of year. Lucky enough to be living in a area that nurtures fruits and vegetables year round, the rest of the year we’ll score a bag every few weeks at the farmers markets. Because we’re so spoiled by mild […]

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No-Bake Fluffy Cranberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

by Todd & Diane November 10, 2014
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There’s something to be said about not have central air-conditioning. We had a brutal summer in Southern California with more-than-usual days over 100 degrees F. All we could do was to use our portable little air-conditioner along with three circulating fans to keep the house as cool as possible. When it was unbearable, we’d escape […]

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Vanilla Rum Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream & Homemade Pumpkin Puree

by Todd & Diane November 3, 2014
Roasted pumpkin vanilla rum ice cream

We missed it again this year. It’s been three years in a row since we’ve missed our annual pumpkin-patch picking. Our moments of reminiscing back to those days of apple-picking at Apple Lane Farm in Solvang were shared on our pumpkin swirl brownie post. Yes, we missed our apple orchard visits for this year, but the pumpkin patches still […]

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Killer Maple Bacon Apple Muffins

by Todd & Diane October 27, 2014
Maple Bacon Muffins

Maple. Bacon. Apple. Muffins. Maple bacon anything is an easy “Yes”. Add the apple and it is an even quicker yes. Offer it for breakfast to have with the morning coffee and suddenly the day just started out in as good of a way as possible. 

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Favorite Tools: Love of Ceramic Cookware

by Todd & Diane October 22, 2014
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We never thought we’d be writing a post about ceramic pans. Honestly, we’ve always told everyone that if we had one pan to have in our kitchen it would be a cast iron skillet. There’s something so incredibly useful and fantastic about cooking in cast iron. The crust, the char, the quick pop in a […]

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Fudgy Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

by Todd & Diane October 20, 2014
Pumpkin Swirl Chocolate Brownies

It’s been at least three years since we decorated for Halloween. Back-in-the-day we used to drive up to Los Olivos and go apple picking. We never failed to pick way more apples than two people and two dogs could consume.  When it comes to wandering in a grove of apple trees, armed with huge picking […]

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Drink a Polar Bear (Creamy Vanilla Coke)

by Todd & Diane October 9, 2014
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Man are we ever ready for the warm weather to end. Longing for the days beyond t-shirt and shorts attire, it seems like every day we are biding our time and trying to find ways to stay cool and refreshed. Worst of all, we’re in for another big heat wave in Southern California before the […]

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Butternut Squash Soup with Truffle Oil

by Todd & Diane October 7, 2014
Butternut Squash Soup

 There isn’t a squash  I love more than the beautiful butternut squash. Like most winter squashes, it shares similar flavors with it’s brethren the pumpkin, yet it seems to marry even better than most with the earthy flavors of mushrooms. Butternut has that perfect silky texture after being cooked. Its flesh is a gorgeous shade […]

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Apricots

by Todd & Diane September 29, 2014
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A really good oatmeal cookie makes me into a cookie monster. I love them. I mean, really, really love them. In my top 10 favorite cookies, oatmeal cookies have a about half of the spots.  When they are soft, with those slightly crisp edges, combined with that perfect chewiness which good old-fashioned oats provide… super delish. 

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Zucchini Pad Thai Noodles “Zoodles”

by Todd & Diane September 22, 2014
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  The sound of zucchini pasta didn’t exactly entice our appetites. We’ve heard of zoodles, or zucchini noodles but had never tasted them. Zucchini pasta recipes? Ok….how….interesting. Yes, we judged the humble zucchini. The thought of making zucchini noodles didn’t exactly have us running to the kitchen to whip up a batch. Maybe we thought […]

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Sea Salt Cream Iced Coffee

by Todd & Diane September 9, 2014
Sea Salt Iced Coffee

Curiosity. That is what best describes what I was thinking after initially seeing a Sea Salt Coffee on a menu board. We were in an  85°C Bakery locally here in SoCal and with so many items different from what I’m used to seeing I took a little more time to scope out  the menu. After […]

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Our Curated Boutique at Great.Ly & New blog features

by Todd & Diane September 5, 2014
Greatly Store

We’re so glad it’s Friday. Happy to have all the dishes at the studio washed, put away and props in somewhat proper order. Do you ever feel like this by the time Friday arrives? At the end of each photo shoot, it feels like a Friday. Whew. But that also means frequent wrap parties, and time […]

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Todd’s Bacon and Shrimp Ramen Stir Fry

by Todd & Diane September 2, 2014
Bacon Shrimp Ramen Stir Fry

  The long lost teenage years. It seems like we are either hoping for them (before), trying to escape them (during), or wanting to relive them (after).  As we pine and hope for our teenage years to come, with its greatness of driving, and dating, and other mysterious adult-like stuff, we have no choice but […]

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