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Hatch Chile and Corn Fritters

by Nancy Buchanan on August 25, 2014

They’re here!!!! They’re here!!!!  Like a kid at Christmas I anxiously await the arrival of Hatch chiles to Southern California. So, when Melissas Produce graciously sent me a couple of bags I got to work […]

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Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake

by Nancy Buchanan on August 8, 2014

It isn’t pretty. In fact, in the pantheon of beautiful desserts, this Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake wouldn’t even crack the top 100…  or maybe even 500. But as they say, “looks can be deceiving” – […]

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Grilled Asian Pineapple Salsa

by Nancy Buchanan on August 6, 2014

My poor grill. During the summer, my grill rarely gets a night off – just about anything and everything gets thrown on there for dinner – salads, chicken, fish, burgers, steaksand even dessert have all […]

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Zucchini Bruschetta with Pepper Relish

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by Nancy Buchanan on July 2, 2014

A couple of week’s ago, I posted this Lemongrass and Pepper Cooler from Melissa’s Produce new  book, The Pepper Cookbook! Leafing through the pages  of  The Pepper Cookbook started the creative juices flowing.. and the […]

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Lemongrass Ginger Cooler

by Nancy Buchanan on June 2, 2014

Sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami -  otherwise known as the 5 basic “tastes”  and the foundations of flavor. Although it’s  technically not a “taste” I would add one more – “spicy” or “heat” – […]

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Baked Alaska

by Nancy Buchanan on February 10, 2014

There is no question about it… my pants are tighter than they were 4 months ago. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s in Italy and the Superbowl it has been one long food fest here […]

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Cheddar and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Quesadillas

by Nancy Buchanan on November 18, 2013

Fall has arrived. The leaves are turning, the weather is getting cooler and the days are shorter – but my schedule isn’t – is yours? Which means I’m not eating as well as I could […]

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Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Apple Butter Vinaigrette

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by Nancy Buchanan on November 12, 2013

Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s all about the pumpkin… pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars…. and of course, who could forget “pumpkin juice”?  But there is far more to winter squash than just pumpkin […]

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Sausage Salsa Bowls

by Nancy Buchanan on September 12, 2013

You can tell the lazy, hazy days of summer are over when the morning conversation goes something like this “What’s for dinner tonight  Mom? I’ve got  practice this afternoon and then a study session at […]

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