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Breakfast Resolutions

January 17, 2018 Blog

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I do this every year. I make my resolutions and then don’t follow through with them. This time around, I’ve scaled back my resolutions, and plan to focus on making small changes so I can feel accomplished. One resolution that remains on my list is to mix things up at breakfast time. It gets our […]

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Baking up a Storm

December 18, 2017 Food

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Holidays are a time for baking all our favorite, cookies, pastries, and breads. Here we highlight two of the essential ingredients in baking – flour and butter – and discuss how choosing the right ingredients can make all the difference. Keep in mind, that choosing the best ingredients will ensure the best possible outcome. But […]

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Spices and Herbs: Fresh Flavors

December 12, 2017 Christmas

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A little oregano, fresh rosemary, cinnamon, freshly ground pepper, vanilla beans, Italian spice blend, kosher salt . . . You name it, you’re probably using it this holiday season. From baking to cooking and from breakfasts to desserts, spices and seasonings are an integral part of holiday foods. This season you will probably use a […]

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The Perfect Roast: Indoors or Out

December 1, 2017 Food

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The roast is the centerpiece of the meal, the pièce de résistance, the crown of the table, and what it tastes like is inevitably a topic of dinnertime conversation. The process of roasting is an ancient tradition that first took the form of placing a piece of freshly caught meat on the end of a […]

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Enjoying a Slice of Cheese with Rosle

November 27, 2017 Favorite Finds

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I am a firm believer that every day is an occasion to enjoy an assortment of different cheeses accompanied by bread, crackers, olives, nuts and more. And now with the holiday season here, I find myself planning which cheese will grace our table for small gatherings and holiday meals. When I find myself with a […]

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The Broken Butter Dish — and other memories

November 13, 2017 Blog

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And with one wrong move, another butter dish smashes into pieces on the kitchen floor. We just can’t seem keep a butter dish in one piece in our kitchen. Over the past decade, we must have broken at least 6 butter dishes. It was my doing this time around — a surprising twist of fate, […]

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Out of Our Element

November 7, 2017 Blog

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For three days last week, I hiked, explored, learned and dined with nearly 100, 5th grade students from our Elementary School. it is an annual trip that my girls have looked forward to since kindergarten, and one I just couldn’t miss either. The entire grade spent time out at Nature Bridge in the Marin Headlands. […]

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Don’t Mess with Tradition

October 31, 2017 Blog

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One thing I learned this last week is that you can’t mess with tradition. For a brief moment, our annual Pumpkin Carving Party was to be cancelled. But once the kids got wind of the cancellation, they revolted. “You can’t cancel our pumpkin carving party, it’s a tradition!” “What? How can you do that? The […]

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Homemade Candy Corn

October 30, 2017 Candy/Confections

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This is an Alton Brown recipe that is surprisingly easy to make. Keep in mind, work relatively quickly, otherwise the ‘dough’ may become too hard to shape or cut. I also remind you NOT to cut on your silicone mat, as it may damage the mat. I transferred the dough to a cutting board before […]

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Halloween Party Planning

October 21, 2017 Blog

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(originally published: Oct. 2013) This past weekend, we held our 11th annual Pumpkin Caving Party. It’s a great Everage family tradition in which we invite our friends to come on over and enjoy some food and drink, while carving the pumpkins. What makes it particularly fun is that it’s not just a kids party, it’s […]

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