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Di Alba ~ Nina Clemente

A thriving new restaurant in the arts district

April 8, 2017 | 1 Comment
Di Alba ~ Nina Clemente

Nina is like the sunshine. She brings her light with her when she enters a room just like the sun. It’s fitting her delicious eatery in the LA Arts district is appropriately called Di Abla which means sunrise. This is named after her mama whom she credits for giving her her love of Italian cooking. ...

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Springtime Persian Picnic with Negin

An interview with Negin Niknejad

March 25, 2017 | 3 Comments
Springtime Persian Picnic with Negin

One of my favorite childhood memories from growing up in Iran was how during Norooz which is the Persian New Year, people would celebrate Spring in all its glory. This was a time where everyone would create an altar in their homes to signify the ancient Zoroastrian custom of celebrating the natural world. Zoroastrianism is ...

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Za’atar and Dukkah Blends

Favorite spices from the farmer's market

March 19, 2017 | 2 Comments
Za’atar and Dukkah Blends

My favorite thing about shopping at the Farmer’s Markets is that I can become inspired and then prepare what is seasonal and fresh in my area. I’ve realized after years of cooking that the key to a delicious meal is simply about the quality of the ingredients. Just using incredible olive oil and premium sea salts ...

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Valentine Aphrodisiac Chocolates with Chrissy Lucia

A recipe for the delicious treats

February 14, 2017 | 2 Comments
Valentine Aphrodisiac Chocolates with Chrissy Lucia

I eat chocolate every day ~ Every day I want the LOVE hormones that chocolate induces like serotonin and dopamine. In the past we have made delectable chocolate treats here to bring in the day of love, and this year Chrissy Lucia shares her incredible recipe. I first tried Chrissy’s sensuous chocolates when I held ...

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Good Luck Noodles

A dish that warms both body & soul

January 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Good Luck Noodles

Being a proper superstitious soul, I love a good tradition that supports the notion of good luck. I always make black eyed peas on New Years Days, since this Southern tradition supposedly brings prosperity for the new year. There are several different thoughts on why black–eyed peas have come to symbolize good luck. In America, ...

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Nuts For Sacha Inchi

A discovery of the superfood

January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
Nuts For Sacha Inchi

One of the marvelous things about the times we live in, is discovering rare and unique gems from what once were far away lands. Remember when quinoa was an exotic grain and no one could pronounce it correctly? Remember when you couldn’t spell Ashwagandha for the life of you? Now wonderful herbs, tonics, and super ...

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