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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…

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…

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…

Chef Evan’s celery root puree recipe

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When Chef Evan Treadwell first moved to the Arroyo Grande, I was so happy. He had some fabulous credentials and he was one of the most dedicated and passionate chef’s I’ve ever known. He left a few years ago to…

Kathy’s easy, one pan paella recipe

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While I was once a professional chef and a California Culinary Academy alumnus, I no longer cook like a professional. I’ll admit it. I’m lazy. When I see a recipe that interests me, I read it to see it takes…

My New York steak recipe

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Steak Night at Chez Hardesty I found the easiest marinade for beef steaks somewhere online and it has been my go to recipe for grilling steaks ever since. I’ve long forgotten where I found it but since I changed it,…

Chef Evan Treadwell’s abalone carpaccio recipe

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For those of you who have visited the Central Coast many times, and for locals, chef Evan Treadwell was very popular when he was at Lido restaurant in the Dolphin Bay Resort. He was one of my favorite chefs here…

Apple Farm Pastry Chef Willette “Willie” Vey

Although I don’t have a photo for this recipe, I love the fact that it’s easily made. I have asked Chef Willie to send more of her special recipes. Of course, for those who don’t have time to bake, you…