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Carmel Valley Cranberry Relish

CV CRANBERRY RELISH Here’s a terrific recipe for cranberry relish that I found on the Food Network. Why is it so terrific…all the ingredients are readily available at any Carmel Valley San Diego community grocery store, its VERY simple and quick to prepare and most important it tastes great. It’s a wonderful alternative to the […]

My mom, Liz, has always been and still is the inspiration for my love of “all things cooking”. She is not a gourmet cook but her food, as basic and uncomplicated as it may be, is always delicious. At eighty nine she still makes the best cream puffs I’ve ever eaten, and of course from […]

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I hope all the Carmel Valley cooks are painstakingly planning their Christmas dinners… or I should say, Holiday Dinners, to be politically correct…and if you’re not, shame on you because you should be.  If your family is like mine you, you probably have a traditional menu for the meal that you’ve come to love and […]

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Healthy Holidays I can’t believe I ate the whole thing! 3 key components to healthy weight management are setting short and long term goals, a structured schedule, and discipline.  Yet when it comes to the holidays, all of those factors are put to the test.  Here are 5 reasons why people tend to gain weight […]

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Carmel Valley Kitchen’s hints, tips and suggestions for food that’s easier,  more fun and economical to make, and is absolutely delicious…of course.  These kitchen tips, ideas and suggestions pertain to foods that are readily available in all of our grocery stores in the Carmel Valley San Diego community.  And please email us with questions as […]

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Eating Healthy Beans Beans, beans, the musical fruit. Well, they may be musical for some. More importantly however, they’re one of the richest sources of plant-based protein available. A daily staple throughout history, legumes have supplied the bulk of protein for numerous cultures. Yet in much of our western culture, animal foods have largely displaced […]

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Where is San Diego’s Best Burger? A couple of years ago I invited a handful of guys from the Carmel Valley San Diego community to join me in a Burger Quest. Having relocated to the Carmel Valley from the culinary-rich Bay Area, it was time for me to compile a list of good eateries in […]

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Just East of Carmel Valley is a Prime San Diego Winery Step back in time to 1889 where a group of five Sicilian farmers, vintners and businessmen purchased the Rancho La Canada de San Bernardo Spanish Land Grant and planted grapes and olive trees on the 500+ acres of what would eventually become Rancho Bernardo. […]

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Who doesn’t love tamales? At Diane Powers’ Casa Sol y Mar, diners can now try a delicious twist on this Mexican food classic: the Inside-Out Tamale. Casa Sol y Mar’s Inside-Out Tamales begin with handmade, fresh masa with cheese. The masa is butterflied open and topped to order with a choice of chile Colorado, chile […]

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Though only two or so hours from the Carmel Valley San Diego, Beverly Hills showcases another world.  Venture into that glam and glitz world with local travel journalist Cynthia Dial. STEP INTO HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE AT MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS Let me introduce you to Montage Beverly Hills.  It’s two blocks from Rodeo Drive, across from […]

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What if there was a musical – simultaneously serious and hilarious, that explores the wild ride of life’s later years, addressing the good, the bad and the ugly of aging? Rag Lady Productions’ THE GEEZE AND ME is a musical production about the aging process, upsides and down. The World Premiere of The Geeze And Me will […]

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Perry Chen’s movie review of Trolls: Trolling for Cash by DreamWorks Animation. “Once upon a time, in a happy forest, in the happiest tree, lived the happiest creatures the world has ever known: the Trolls.” Trolls are tiny fluorescent-haired creatures who live in a culture saturated with manic festivity. Their antithesis, the gargantuan puke-colored Bergens, […]

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