Homemade Sugar Free Coleslaw Recipe with No Mayo

Close up of sugar free coleslaw with no mayo

As you may have read in my article about making coleslaw with blue cheese, I used to hate coleslaw as a kid. It wasn’t really until college when I was introduced to San Diego’s fish taco scene that it hit me. It wasn’t that I didn’t like cabbage – it was that I didn’t like …

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Easy Blue Cheese Coleslaw Recipe

A blue cheese coleslaw in a blue ceramic bowl is placed on a white surface

When I was younger, I used to hate coleslaw. It was a dish that I’d put a tiny scoop of onto my plate just to please my parents or not offend friends or co-workers. It wasn’t until I got older and started cooking more when I really started to understand why I disliked it so …

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Classic Tomato Bruschetta Appetizers Recipe

Three toasted bruschetta with tomatoes and herbs served on a brown wooden plate

What do you get when you take french bread and fresh flavorful Italian ingredients? Bruschetta, while far from the traditional version, this quick and easy bruschetta recipe can be made with easy-to-obtain ingredients and will keep your family coming back for more.  What is a Bruschetta? Bruschetta (pronounced like broo-sketta) is a toasted or roasted …

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Crispy Baked Eggplant Chips Recipe

Baked crispy eggplant chips served on a blue ceramic mug placed on a white surface

When it comes to chips, I’m all about the tortilla chips and a side of fresh pico de gallo or a spicy homemade guacamole. I never really thought I’d get on board with the vegetable chip craze that was happening, but my mind was instantly changed once I tried this eggplant chips recipe. I had …

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Spicy Pico de Gallo Recipe

A spoonful of pico de gallo with guacamole

Here in San Diego, I have the luxury of having delicious Mexican food available at my fingertips. Whether you are chowing down on tacos at 2 in the morning or grabbing a burrito on your lunch break, Mexican food is an integral part of the San Diego experience.  Key to that experience is Pico De …

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Pinto Beans with Chili Lime Rice Recipe

Close photos of pinto beans and chili lime rice

Did you know pinto beans are the number one bean in the U.S. and Mexico? This was news to me, as they typically have a bad rap for being known to only be good for refried beans and chili. I’m a fan of pinto beans, so I was glad to hear this fun fact about …

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Savory Pan Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Roasted butternut squash served in a small blue ceramic bowl placed on a brown wooden table

As summer fades and fall and winter settle in, I get really excited because it’s a sign that squash season is beginning! When it comes to the holiday season, the most popular dish in my family has to be this roasted butternut squash recipe (or BNS as I call it at home).  Squash is so …

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Easy Lemon and Roasted Garlic Hummus Recipe

Close photo of hummus topped with olive oil and paprika

Some call them chickpeas some call them garbanzo beans. Either way you reference them, they are a staple of European and near east cuisines. One of the most ubiquitous forms of chickpeas is hummus (also called hommus or houmous).  What is Hummus? Hummus is a Levantine (near east) dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, …

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Easy Homemade Spicy Guacamole Recipe

Flat lay image of ingredients needed to make spicy guacamole

What makes food “California style”? If you said avocado, you’re right! California produces about 90% of my nation’s avocados, about 35% of which come right out of San Diego county (my home!). With all that green tasty goodness right in my backyard, I want to celebrate the avocado in its most iconic dish with this …

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