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Guacamole with Lime Essential Oil

As much as I cook, this was the first time I made guacamole. Can you believe that? We were having an essential oil party and I decided to experiment with a few recipes. The zesty taste of guacamole was a perfect answer for the apps at the party. Lime essential oil is great for lifting…

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Pumpkin Seed Hummus

This enchanted twist on hummus will be the spookiest snack at your Halloween party. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and iron. They are the most nutritious part of the pumpkin. They’re low in carbohydrates and contain potassium, magnesium, zinc, niacin and vitamin B3. You can mix them in this hummus or you…

Psoas: Diving Deeper

Tightness in the back? Grinding your teeth at night? Tension in your hips? The psoas (pronounced SO-az) might be the culprit. This muscle is the only muscle in the body that starts in the back and ends in the front. It begins right at T-12, wraps itself around the ribs, underneath the abdomen, and inserts…

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Black Bean Sweet Potato Salad with Zesty Lime Dressing

There were a plethora of black beans in my refrigerator I cooked up before I was heading to California. I made some black bean hummus and still had plenty beans left. I snagged some sweet potatoes and cut up the red peppers. I mixed in a little quinoa and made a zesty lime dressing for…

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Crockpot Stuffed Red Peppers

I’ve been quite astonished with the red pepper selection at the farmer’s market the last few weeks. Usually I see these giant non-organic peppers at the grocery store and think they’re just loaded up with hormones because they’re so big. However, I found a pepper the size of my face last week at the market…

Black Beans-A Must Have in Your Diet

As I sit eating my black bean soup for dinner, I realized that I had just whipped up a bunch of recipes that included black beans lately. I grabbed a ton of black beans at the farmer’s market the other week and cooked them all up before heading to California. I had no idea what…

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Jane: A San Francisco Restaurant Stop

We had just traveled all around the San Francisco area. We got to see Haight and Ashbury, the Fillmore, Mrs. Doubtfire’s house, the Full House House, the Painted Ladies and we were ready for a delicious meal. My cousin Lauren was getting married and her wedding website suggested this place called Jane. It was unreal….

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Wine Tasting at Joullian Vineyards

We arrived in Carmel Valley around 7:30 in the morning after evacuating the Napa fires. My dad gave my Uncle Ridge Watson a call and asked if there would be any openings to taste some wine at the Joullian Vineyards tasting room. He said of course and also gave us the opportunity to go to…

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Caught in the Napa Fires

At 9:50pm a red glow emerged over the hills. At first I couldn’t distinguish what it was but as we continued driving, we realized the glow was actually bright orange and red flames rolling down the mountains. My family and I had just tasted a wonderful meal at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa,…