Galletas de Navidad or Tita’s Christmas Cookies

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Dec 152014
 
Galletas de Navidad or Tita's Christmas Cookies

Do you have a special cookie recipe that you just absolutely must make each Christmas? One that actually defines the holidays for you? Maybe your family is like ours and each parent brings their own must-have cookie to the mix. For us the special Christmas cookies are the Chocolate Drops that my grandma and now […]

Swiss Chard and Artichoke Tart

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Nov 072014
 
Swiss Chard and Artichoke Tart

Savory tarts are some of my favorite things to eat – I love the combination of the rich crust, the flavorful vegetables, the filling egg and salty cheese. They’re also versatile, so you can serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In Peru there is a popular swiss chard tart made with whole eggs baked […]

Oct 202014
 
Home Pressed Apple Cider

Every year my extended family gathers in the fall to make home pressed apple cider. It’s one of our best and most enduring traditions – this year was our 34th year pressing cider, which is kind of amazing if you think about it. Some of my cousins weren’t even born when we started “Cider Day” […]

Homemade Lego Candle Holders for a Birthday Cake

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Sep 302014
 
Homemade Lego Candle Holders for a Birthday Cake

My son is absolutely obsessed with Legos, so for his fifth birthday I wanted to add a little lego touch to his cake. His favorite cake – the one he always asks for – is my Raspberry Lime pound cake, which has just a simple sugar glaze. This cake doesn’t lend itself to fluffy frosting […]

Ooodles of Zoodles!

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Sep 152014
 
Ooodles of Zoodles!

Have you heard of zoodles? They’re thinly sliced zucchini strips that can mimic noodles in pasta recipes and I just can’t get enough of them. They’re simple to make if you’ve got the right equipment – lots of people I know use spiralizers and love them, but I get good results using a mandolin that […]

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A World Cup Menu and a World Cup Playlist

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Jun 172014
 
A World Cup Menu and a World Cup Playlist

The World Cup is here! The World Cup is here! I almost never watch soccer but I absolutely adore the World Cup. There’s just something about the passion from around the world that is so fun – all of the drama (stunning upsets, inspiring Cinderella teams – looking at you Costa Rica) of the NCAA […]

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Jun 102014
 
Seattle Summer Activities: A Giant List of Things to do with Kids

Something I try to do each year at the beginning of the summer is make a list or calendar of all the different Seattle summer activities there are to do with my family. Sometimes it seems like just about everything fun to do around here happens in July and August – we really have to […]