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Christmas is the time for traditions and this includes traditions in the kitchen. Anyone who cooks (and even many who don’t) have at least one recipe they make every year that has been handed down the generations. Whether it’s for a pie, cookie, salad or entree, it’s a family favorite and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without it. My family honors its Portuguese heritage with a soup recipe that I make every year around this time. Kale is one of the primary ingredients and it begins showing up in the stores around Thanksgiving. My version of the soup is … Continue reading


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As I mentioned last week, my little goat-cheese-making adventure didn’t go quite the way I expected. It all turned out fine – quite deliciously, in fact – but I thought I was doing it all wrong. Cassandra, from Genesis, wasn’t a whole lot of help. We followed this recipe, but it went a bit like this: Me: “I cooked it to 180, just like it said.” Cassandra: “I didn’t have this metal stick thing – what do you call it?” Me: “A candy thermometer. So how did you know when the milk was heated enough?” Cassandra: “By look and smell. … Continue reading


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Since we’re celebrating the release of Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella this month, I thought we’d spend the next few Foodie Fridays exploring food and cooking of the place and time period – Greece around 200 B.C. Today, Jordan, one of the main characters, and Eris, his, uh- “My bitch,” Jordan says. Eris rolls her dark eyes. I blink at him. With shoulder-length blond hair, deep blue eyes and a body a Spartan would salivate over, he’s hot. “What? She’s not really my wife. We don’t even believe in marriage. As if I’d ever marry her.” “Um,” I stammer. Yeah, … Continue reading


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Spaghetti Squash Squash half right out of the oven. Fall harvest brings us a multitude of winter squashes, but one of my favorites is spaghetti squash. A lot of people shy away from this one because they don’t know what to do with it. I’ve always taken its name pretty literally and treat it just like I do spaghetti. And just so you know, my kids enjoy it, too, and did even when they were little. Jab fork into flesh and pull up as if stirring to get strands. To prepare spaghetti squash: Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop … Continue reading


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Saturday night I was Potions Master at a Hogwarts Feast and Harry Potter Geek-Out Party. Six of us girls sat down to a mouth-watering feast prepared by Chrissi (publisher/biz partner/friend) and her house-elves, including roasted chicken, spare ribs, mashed potatoes and gravy, English peas, glazed carrots and Yorkshire pudding, plus treacle pudding for dessert. We were stuffed! As Potions Master, my job was to mix drinks and the drink of the night was…BUTTERBEER MARTINIS! OMG, so freakin’ good! Chrissi and I made up the recipe last week and did some testing to come up with the right mix. A lot … Continue reading


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