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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For the Grilling Weekend: Jalapeño Cheddar Stuffed Burgers and More

by Todd & Diane August 29, 2014
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Are you ready for the weekend? We are so ready, you guys have no idea. Well at least until you’ve read this post. We worked really hard this week to get our assignments, due dates and file deliveries all finished and sent off. It feels like since we returned from vacation a few weeks ago […]

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Diane’s Vietnamese Fried Chicken

by Todd & Diane August 26, 2014
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When my 5 younger siblings and I were growing up, we were addicted to American food in the craziest of ways. Mom and Dad always had their garden fresh soups, healthy fish and vegetable dishes. But we wanted to eat what the Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles ate, which was pizza and more pizza. We always […]

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When Friends Meet, Learn & Eat at Food Blog Forum, Asheville, NC

by Todd & Diane August 25, 2014

Once a year it’s like a reunion of old friends and a gathering of new. We’ve come to realize it’s more than just a gathering of food bloggers for a conference. Sure, Food Blog Forum is an annual conference where food bloggers gather from far and wide to learn, encourage and eat together. But its grown […]

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Stovetop Fresh Corn and Cheese Dip

by Todd & Diane August 21, 2014
Stovetop Cheese and Corn Dip

In 1996 when we first started cooking together many of our meals were vegetarian based. Diane was a vegetarian and Todd worked in a vegetarian restaurant, so it was totally natural for our daily menu to have a variety of vegetable dishes. Besides, we were young kids starting out our new lives together and we […]

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Crunchy, Sweet, and Tangy Bread and Butter Pickles

by Todd & Diane August 17, 2014
Bread and Butter Pickles recipe

I love bread and butter pickles. That sweet tangy crunch layered into burgers, diced in tunafish sandwiches, or just grabbed straight out of the jar and snacked on. As a kid it was the only pickled thing I really liked. Dill pickles, pickled onions, pickled beets, etc… Ick. Or at least that’s what my palate […]

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Sticky Fig-Blueberry Crisp with Goat Cheese Whipped Cream

by Todd & Diane August 12, 2014
Fig-Blueberry Crisp

Sometimes our favorite recipes are inspired from using up leftover ingredients. When expectation is lowest is also when some recipes become a delicious surprise and we’re thrilled that it was way better than expected. This sticky fig and blueberry crisp is one of those recipes that is going to be a repeating Summer treat.  Last […]

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Baked Figs with Bacon, Cheese, Pecans on Grilled Bread

by Todd & Diane August 4, 2014
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We scored big time this year guys! For once, we’re actually home for more than a week at a time during Summer. Because we’re not traveling as much, we’re able to hang out in the garden and beat all the garden critters to the figs. This is huge. Literally, huge in both the harvest and […]

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Deep Dish Oatmeal Raisin Cookie a la Mode – “Pizookie Style”

by Todd & Diane August 1, 2014

Way back in 2009 we shared our love of “pizookie” style deep dish cookies on the blog. They were always fresh and warm from the oven and graced with a few scoops of ice cream. Within minutes, the ice cream melted and what we had before us was a glorious deep dish of warm cookies and […]

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Roasted Corn Tabouli and Ode to Summer Corn

by Todd & Diane July 28, 2014
Roasted Corn Tabouli Salad

For some reason when August rolls around it feels as if it is our last chance at eating corn. And by eating corn we mean the super good, freshly-picked, wipe the chin, juicy sweet corn.  Once September arrives everyone seems to be ready to immediately switch seasonal gears and it’s all about Autumn. As July comes […]

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In search of pie in Julian, CA

by Todd & Diane July 25, 2014
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iphone images on Instagram. Follow Todd and Diane  We used to take for granted all the local gems that are within an arms reach from us. We would drive 5 or 6 hours to discover something new, which ultimately meant having to take a few days off to make the adventure worthwhile.   About five years ago […]

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Heirloom Tomato Galette

by Todd & Diane July 23, 2014
Tomato Galette recipe

We’re trying to be good kids this is the Summer by making it a season of “to-do’s”. If any of you have one of these lists, we’ve probably got you beat by a mile. Or two. We’ve just go so much we want to do and so little time. Well, we committed ourselves to being […]

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Amazing Fresh Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

by Todd & Diane July 2, 2014
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Remember my last rustic berry red velvet cake recipe? Well, that was just the beginning to return to my love of baking desserts and cakes. I promised I was on a mission to work on some of my favorite cake recipe s but along with that has other duties too. One of them is to […]

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Chile Margarita with Paprika Salt

by Todd & Diane June 27, 2014
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It’s still a shock to us that half the year is almost over and that we’re entering the end of June. Still, what is more of a shock? That 4th of July is next week and we’re in June mode. Our abrupt reminder was last night when someone ignited some illegal fireworks in our neighborhood […]

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Easy Strawberry-Blackberry Pudding

by Todd & Diane June 25, 2014
Strawberry-Blackberry Pudding

To be a host, party-giver, entertainer. For us one of the most important priorities is to make sure everyone feels included. Wether it is clients at the studio for a shoot, or if we are hosting one of our photography/styling workshops, or if it is just friends over at the house, that sense of inclusion […]

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