Easy Recipes

Easy Beer Bread Recipe

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Baking this bread is easy, even if you’re a novice! In the many years while I was still an aspiring chef, I loved to bake sweet treats at home. Lemon meringue pies, quick breads like zucchini or banana nut, yeasty…

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I dare you to eat just one! By Kathy Marcks Hardesty I love just about anything made with dark chocolate, and the more chocolate in it the better! When I found this super easy recipe for these cookies from Whole…

Trader Joe’s chicken miso soup

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Trader Joe’s Saves the Day! I may be stuck on a soft diet for a while after oral surgery, but I’m not letting my meals become boring. And while I’m not big on using pre-packaged foods, I found a way…

Chef’s chicken with mushrooms recipe

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  A Chef’s Recipe for roast chicken This special recipe was provided to me by Chef Jensen Lorenzen when he was manager and chef at Cass House in Cayucos in 2008. The Cass House was sold so he no longer…

Winemaker Austin Hope Celebrates the 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July in style with fine wines by Paso Robles winemaker Austin Hope! Nothing says summertime and sizzle like the annual 4th of July coming up next Saturday, I love celebrating the United States of America’s birthday!…

Kathy’s Easy Fajitas

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Cooking Fajitas with Chef Kathy My recipe for fajitas is so simple and easy, you won’t need a recipe to make your own version of it. The best part of this speedy work night supper is that you can easily…

Mayo Clinic Healthy Tips about Whole Wheat

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Choose Whole Wheat for your health! Today, in my daily Mayo Clinic newsletter I was excited when I read the five heart-healthy options that are so important to maintain good health. You see, I’ve been buying whole wheat and cooking…

The chef at Diablo Canyon Fire Station

The Fireman vs a Senior VP at Diablo Canyon in a BBQ Cook-off! Over the years I have frequently been invited to judge cooking contests. Now I hate to admit it, but, sometimes, they can be a tad distasteful. Like…

California Culinary Academy (CCA)1988

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“Congratulations, now you are a cook!” CCA President That’s was the statement made by the president of the California Culinary Academy (CCA) in San Francisco during my class graduation in August of 1988. It bugged me! I was already a…

Maegen Loring’s easy dessert recipe

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Here’s an excellent recipe from the popular Park Restaurant in San Luis Obispo which was owned and managed by chef Maegen and Jeff Loring in 2008. Although the Lorings had to close “The Park,” she’s still very active in the food and…