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Butternut Squash Soup with Truffle Oil

Butternut Squash Soup with Truffle Oil

 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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Zucchini Pad Thai Noodles “Zoodles”

Zucchini Pad Thai Noodles “Zoodles”

  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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Stovetop Fresh Corn and Cheese Dip

Stovetop Fresh Corn and Cheese 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

Crunchy, Sweet, and Tangy Bread and Butter Pickles

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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Amazing Fresh Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Amazing Fresh Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

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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Easy Strawberry-Blackberry Pudding

Easy 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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Sweet Cherry-Bomb and Coconut Milk Pops

Sweet Cherry-Bomb and Coconut Milk Pops

Boozy ice pops have been one of our secret addictions for so long now that rarely do any of our clients or workshop attendees leave without a lick.  We’re enablers for sure and that’s what makes our shoots, workshops and gatherings so fun is that everyone gets a double dose of booze. Start with a cocktail […]

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Chili Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Chili Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Even when it’s hot outside we’re craving a dinner with something roasted in the oven. This just might be one of the last dishes that we roast in the oven for the next few months. Why? Because our traditional wood-fired oven is almost complete. Whew. It’s an epic project that includes lots of planning, prepping […]

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Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing

Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing

Last week we had a heat wave that lasted five days of hot, dry, Santa-Ana windy weather above 95 degrees. We were dying over here, so to make it bearable we ate lots of blackberry mojito pops. That’s how to cool down and freshen spirits in style! But mojito pops wasn’t all that we nourished […]

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Juicy Asian Oven Roasted Pulled Pork for Sliders, Pasta or Rice.

Juicy Asian Oven Roasted Pulled Pork for Sliders, Pasta or Rice.

This is the unabashed, meat-lovers edition of pork. Apologies if the photo is an abrupt, in-your-face visual of juicy and saucy pork in its entirety. In fact, there’s no scattering of pretty garnish nor greens nor linen-pretty. It’s a delicious and amazing pulled pork dish and that’s pretty much all we wanted to share with […]

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Crispy Baked Beet Green Chips

Crispy Baked Beet Green Chips

We had a full day of green eating a few weeks ago and it doesn’t seem to stop. When we cooked up mustard greens we also made a batch of beet green chips as a test. This test turned out to be a nice surprise and worthy of sharing, so here’s what we have to […]

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Garlicky Winter Greens and Chickpea Salad

Garlicky Winter Greens and Chickpea Salad

Before we left on our crazy seven week Bountiful book tour and jet down to Southern Australia, we took a look at our dormant and sleepy garden. And then we sighed, wondering if it’s too early to try to seed for Winter veggies. It’s usually during end of October to beginning of December that the […]

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Refreshing and Light Sesame Cucumber Carrot Salad

Refreshing and Light Sesame Cucumber Carrot Salad

It’s this time of year that everyone around us seems to be sharing lists of resolutions and aspirations of what their vision of 2014 could be. For us? We’ll just say that instead of listing-out resolutions, we started off New Years Day with a big batch of yummy fried chicken and some extra sips of […]

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Asparagus Bacon Spring Rolls Tapas Party: a Collaboration with West Elm

Asparagus Bacon Spring Rolls Tapas Party: a Collaboration with West Elm

When thinking of all the reasons why we love the holidays so much, a million thoughts come to mind. And when we think of the reasons what makes the holidays so stressful, a few pop up to the surface. But avoiding the crazy shopping malls pretty much alleviates all the stress already. Maybe we’re getting […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Mustard Parsley Dressing

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Mustard Parsley Dressing

Update: Click here for more fabulous Brussels Sprouts Recipes. Now everyone, don’t bum-rush to the kitchen all at once now because I know you’re super excited about another brussels sprouts recipe. Or at least I’m hoping you’re as hungry and excited as I am. And if you’re not, you’re probably one of the brussels sprouts haters […]

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Sausage Potatoes au Gratin

Sausage Potatoes au Gratin

Every year, two big batches of Todd’s famous potatoes au gratin makes it way to our Thanksgiving table. It’s one of those dishes that the whole family is religiously (and hopelessly) in love with. All these eaters ask about the potatoes au gratin first, before anyone ever asks about the turkey. Regardless of how much […]

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Sweet Onion “Crack-Dip” Recipe and Bountiful Dinner with KitchenAid

Sweet Onion “Crack-Dip” Recipe and Bountiful Dinner with KitchenAid

Stop everything and make this sweet onion dip recipe. Though the recipe is our creation, we can’t take credit for the nickname. It belongs to a little gathering of friends always labels it as “crack dip”. So when it came time to sharing it again in our cookbook, Bountiful, we lovingly added the new name […]

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Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower Recipe and Signing at OXO in NYC

Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower Recipe and Signing at OXO in NYC

We love NYC, there’s no doubt that. The city is a beast on its own, but around every corner, there’s a gem of a find. The energy, vibe, food and people keep us awake into the wee hours of the night.  And best of all, OXO headquarters is in NYC and what better way to […]

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Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Mom’s Chili Fish Sauce

Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Mom’s Chili Fish Sauce

Update: Click here for more fabulous Brussels Sprouts Recipes. Finally, I think Mom would approve of this recipe, or at least my hacked version of her chili fish sauce. You see, I’ve been known to break many culinary rules and Mom has pretty much warmed up to my kitchen shenanigans and fiendish ways of using fish […]

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Pomegranate Juice & Green Globe Pomegranates

Pomegranate Juice & Green Globe Pomegranates

We were in the dead of summer heat here over these past few weeks. Well, for us Southern California coastal folks, anything that hits 95 degrees is a reason to complain about it being too hot. Why is it that Summer decided to arrive now? In September? Maybe this is a good thing, all this […]

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