Fresh Pesto Three Ways

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 I had so much basil growing in my garden this summer, here is my solution to saving  my long summer effort keeping it alive . Fresh basil can be from your garden or simply plucked from a booth at your local farmer’s market. These appetizers can be a quick fix for a any given party, […]

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10 Good Reasons You Should Attend the USPCA Conference in Long Beach on July 17-20

July 15, 2014

I love attending conferences on just about any subject. Over the years I’ve attended floral, gift, food, and even book conferences. I encourage you to do the same. The many friends and relationships I have made over the years is priceless. Conversations, exchanges, and laughter shared among the conference attendees can’t be missed. Being among […]

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Best Summer Giveaway: The Perfect Scoop Cookbook with a KitchenAid Mixer and Ice Cream Atttachment

July 6, 2014

I’m excited to be partnering with other San Diego Food Bloggers to offer this wonderful summer giveaway to our readers. Win a 5-quart chrome finish KitchenAid mixer with the specialty ice cream attachment, and a copy of the ultimate ice cream book, David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments. If […]

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Greek Festivals in California for June 2014

June 2, 2014

Welcome to summer!  Grab the kids, Yiayia and Papou and head to any of these four Greek Orthodox Churches for their annual Greek Food Festival.  Spend the day enjoying the rich flavors of Mediterranean Diet. Enjoy gyro sandwiches and lamb kabobs along with the sweet honey desserts of the region. Learn to kick up your […]

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Listen Live on Health and Longevity Show with Dr.Ozner, Debbie Metenopoulos, and Me

May 30, 2014

I would like to introduce you to Dr. John Westerdahl and his Health and Longevity radio show on Live Talk Radio. He has chosen to interview three guests on the Mediterranean Diet, Dr. Michael Ozner M.D. and Debbie Metenopoulos and me. As you can guess, I had a small part in this interview discussing the […]

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Join Us for an Olive Oil Cooking Class and Cookbook Signings in San Diego

May 16, 2014

  We are ready for the road! Our book has arrived and we are looking forward to meeting all of you soon at our book signing events. We are starting off  with our local olive oil farm, Temecula Olive Oil and their four store locations. Our first event will be a Cooking Class and Book […]

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Greek Festivals in California – May 2014

May 7, 2014

After our Easter Season, the Greek Festivals in California start up this month bringing you fine food and activities for the entire family. We kick -off with many churches celebrating  in Northern California. Stop by any of these churches in your travels and you will find traditional Greek food, dancing and drinks! Join the Greek […]

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Cinco de Mayo Vegetable Quinoa

May 5, 2014

After attending Melissa’s Produce Pepper Event and Luncheon, I became so inspired to start learning and working with peppers. This recipe “Vegetable Quinoa” came from their new book, The Great Pepper Cookbook” which is available on their website. The brightly colorful photographs along with the helpful pepper tips, help you identify the vast varieties of […]

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How-To Cook Gigante Beans with Kale

May 2, 2014

This post on How-To Cook Gigante Beans has been requested by many of my followers and way overdue. Beans are a common staple in the Greek Diet, and are eaten at least once a week in the Greek household. These are the most popular bean, and are often the item brought home from a visit […]

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California Omelet with Avocado,Tangerines, and Cheese

April 28, 2014

When I think of a California omelet in the Springtime, I imagine a fresh citrus to help brighten the egg flavors.  I know it sounds strange, but I enjoy a burst of tartness in a morning meal. Adding it to your eggs enhances the dish with an added crisp finish . In California,  citrus production […]

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