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Jan D’Atri

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Kit Cooking

We’ve seen so many of them on store shelves for years. Packages and kits that make a meal or dessert, and all you do is add water or just a few ingredients. I’ve passed them up thousands of times, but this shopping trip was different.

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A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

This month is a chocolate lover’s dream, and if you’d like to surprise your sweetie with a little morsel of homemade goodness, these are four of my very favorite recipes.

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Gwen’s Pineapple Gazpacho

Put away the cookie cutters, icing and candy sprinkles—at least until Valentine’s Day. We’re starting off the New Year with a fresh, kicky and absolutely delicioso gazpacho courtesy of one of my favorite food bloggers.

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Nanaimo Bars

I wish I had known about this treat years ago when I was living in British Columbia, where it originated.

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Cherry Tartlets and Cherry Pioneer Pie

Antique shopping this week I stumbled upon a vintage Popeil’s Pie Maker and Sandwich Grill. Two small metal rounds close like a clamshell and are attached to a metal rod with wooden handles. Place two pieces of pie or bread dough with filling into the rounds and you have a vintage version of today’s Hot Pocket.

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The Tale of Two Rice Dishes; Summer and Winter Risotto

This month I’m sharing two beautiful rice dishes for two different seasons, both from the heart of the Venato region of Italy.

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Summertime Coffee Cakes

Children are finding their way into the kitchen like never before, creating a first of its kind kids’ cooking craze. Summer is a fantastic time to head into the kitchen with them to bake up something simple and delicious!

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Lancer’s Spinach Salad

Because June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, let’s grab a green and make magic out of it! Fresh spinach is so plentiful right now and, because spinach salad continues to be an all-time favorite, I want to share a recipe that was a signature dish many years ago at our family restaurant, “D’Atri’s” at Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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Five Generation Chocolate ‘Eureka’ Cake

Eureka! I’ve discovered a decadent, rich and moist chocolate cake with a smooth and creamy chocolate frosting just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Spring Training Sausage and Peppers

You never really know exactly when something becomes a ritual, but we know for certain that Cactus League in Arizona is one of our most cherished rites of spring.

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Momma’s Minestrone Soup

I came across an article on a natural news website recently about victory gardens. It said that during World War II, 20 million family gardens were producing 8 million tons of food that helped provide nourishment needed by soldiers to keep them fighting strong.

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All Things Pumpkin

I had to kick off the fall harvest season with two of my very favorite pumpkin recipes. Grandma Gertie’s Pumpkin Pie will put a grin on your face while you’re licking the plate clean. Many thanks to Sharman Hickman of Hickman’s Family Farms for sharing her Grandma’s treasure.

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New Mexico Chile Verde

I’m always looking for “the one.” You know, the one recipe in any ethnic food category that you can count on time and time again to be a crowd pleaser.

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My Favorite Summer Salads

The hotter it gets, the lighter the fare. That’s how we survive and stay nourished during July in Arizona.

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Momma’s Tiramisu

I always think of May as Momma’s month. It’s a great time to thank her for all of the wonderful recipes she has passed along to me so I can share them with you.

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Willa’s Blue Ribbon Pecan and Cinnamon Rolls

It’s April, and that means I pull out one of my favorite recipes for Easter brunch.