Mardi Gras King Cake – a carnival on a plate!

As a native of California I was Mardi Gras-deprived until I turned thirty. Growing up amidst the waving palms, my only experience of Mardi Gras came vicariously through television. I didn’t taste the splash of Mardi Gras until I visited my friend, Kathy Ginn Greer, who lived near the Texas Gulf Coast.

Health officials warn public to avoid eating cactus pads

Health officials warn public to avoid eating cactus pads

State health officials warned today against eating certain cactus because it was sprayed with dangerous pesticides in Mexico. A batch of cactus pads, or “nopales,” tested to have been doused with Moncrotophos, a pesticide that was banned in the United States in 1989, according to the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento. Scientists issued […]

Hottest grilling trends include ‘planking’ to impress guests

Hottest grilling trends include ‘planking’ to impress guests

SOUTHERN CALIF. – Americans love their gas grills, but some feel that grilling over gas loses some of the flavor associated with charcoal and smoke. Well, worry no more. There are numerous grilling planks and wood chips available that, when combined with the cooking power of a gas grill, allow backyard chefs to taste the […]

Afternoon Tea – England’s noble tradition

Afternoon Tea – England’s noble tradition

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ― Henry James Taking tea is a subdued tradition – a gentle treat. “Tea” – the word itself is a graceful, almost non-word, the pronunciation is so brief. The allure of formal tea enticed me when […]

Easy ways to make favorite recipes healthier

Easy ways to make favorite recipes healthier

NORTH COUNTY – A healthy diet plays a significant role in a person’s overall health. Without a healthy diet, men and women are more susceptible to disease and other potentially harmful ailments. But, when many people think of a healthy diet, a lack of flavor is often one of the first things to come to […]

Light meals perfect for summer dining

Light meals perfect for summer dining

FALLBROOK – When the weather is warm, people venturing out to eat have an opportunity to expand their culinary horizons and consider fresh, light meals offered at local restaurants. Although warm weather may bring to mind backyard barbecues, there is much more to seasonal dining than heavy meats. Looking for fresh, seasonal choices on menus can be […]

Trim calories with cool summer drinks

Trim calories with cool summer drinks

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Watching one’s weight doesn’t have to mean a life of water and boring diet drinks, but it is possible to keep the summer sweet without extra sugar and calories. These tasty suggestions have been provided by TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. • Add orange, […]

Fresh, springtime recipes perfect for California avocados

Fresh, springtime recipes perfect for California avocados

Smoky Bean, Bacon, and California Avocado Tostadas Source: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for The California Avocado Commission, copyright 2008 Preparation: 25 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: (Step 1) 2 ripe, California avocados 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 2 scallions, very thinly sliced ½ bunch fresh […]

Recipe of the Week – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

Recipe of the Week – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

Another end; another beginning. As we look back upon all the joys and triumphs that we have accomplished this year, while also looking forward to another year spent making your dreams a reality, why not finish the year with some flair? Gather around the fireplace in this cold, winter weather or reminisce with loved ones […]

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