The Perfect Sparkling Holiday Cocktail with Kombucha!

I didn’t used to be a kombucha person. The bubbly probiotic on everyone’s lips these days is certainly an acquired taste. But then, I toured the Health-Ade brewery here in LA, and ever since, I’m a kombucha convert! Getting a peek behind the curtain at how this miracle elixir is made really gave me an appreciation […]

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3 Easy Tips to Do Right Now to Prepare for Holiday Entertaining

I almost can’t believe I just typed the title of this post. Holiday entertaining is upon us, and I’m feeling a mix of giddy enthusiasm and grit-my-teeth apprehension. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that in in years past, I’ve been issued invitations to guests for cocktail drop-ins, weekend brunches, and other festive to-do’s, only to rescind […]

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Seasonal Fall Salad from Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone

Writing a book is no small feat. Writing a book while running one of the web’s most gorgeous and highly trafficked lifestyle sites—and having that book turn out to be one of the most stunning cookbooks of the year—has me thinking that Athena Calderone of EyeSwoon must be some kind of supergoddess sent from another […]

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The Perfect End-of-Summer Dessert: My Go-To Mini Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe

Can you believe it? Summer is over! Well actually, it’s 106 degrees here in Los Angeles, so something tells me that summer isn’t going anywhere for a while. While climate change may mean that the Labor Day holiday no longer marks the end of roasty-toasty days, the long weekend can still be a time to pause, […]

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Mango Beer Paletas with Fresh Cherries

When our romance was still budding, my now-husband and I went on a date at the pub of an LA-based brewery called Golden Road. The brewery embodies everything we love about this city’s food scene: it’s innovative yet unpretentious, serious about its craft and passionate about its roots, yet with an utterly laid-back vibe. Brewed […]

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Easy + Elegant Dessert Bar Ideas with Edwards Desserts

(This post is sponsored by Edwards® Desserts. All opinions are my own.) The year was 2008. I was getting married. And along with a zillion other brides that summer, I built a color coordinated candy buffet at my wedding. You probably know exactly the setup I’m talking about: the oversized apothecary jars, the tiny scoops, the cellophane to-go […]

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Build-Your-Own Barbecue Bowls with a Reduced Sugar BBQ Sauce Recipe

I can still remember the first time I ever ate at a barbecue restaurant. I was in Massachusetts, of all places, and while the restaurant may have been north of the Mason-Dixon Line, the flavors were as down home as they come. From the plastic tablecloths and honky-tonk jukebox, and from the plethora of succulent […]

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Hash Brown Waffles from ‘Kitchen Matters’ by Pamela Salzman

As a kid, I didn’t like potatoes. But don’t worry! I’ve since recovered from whatever tragic illness I was clearly suffering from, and I know count spuds as amongst my favorite foods. And what’s not to love? They’re versatile, provide tons of clean-eating energy, and provide a platform for any number of delicious accoutrements. I’m […]

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Green Walnut Nocino Recipe from CORKY’S NUTS

One of my most vivid early childhood memories is of the walnut trees that spread themselves low and gnarled over the dusty flats of the Northern California town where I was born. I can remember sitting in the backseat of my mother’s car as we drove through the fields outside of Davis, the distinctive silhouettes […]

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Sophisticated Summer Hostess Gifts with EDWARDS® Desserts

(This post is sponsored by EDWARDS® Desserts. All opinions are my own.) I used to bake A LOT. I’m talking fancy stuff, like elaborate multi-component recipes that sometimes took all day to prepare. I especially loved to bring my creations whenever I was invited to a social gathering, since it’s impossible to show up with a four layer strawberry […]

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