This year we’ll be lightening up our Thanksgiving dinner with a vegan Thanksgiving Feast.  Joshua has to work in the afternoon, so after our early Thanksgiving lunch,  some friends and I will be making sandwiches and pumpkin-spiced hot cocoa. We’ll be passing it out along with socks, beanies, and gloves to homeless people here on the San Francisco streets.…

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love to entertain. If I like you, you’re invited to my house. I love to have a handful of simple elegant appetizers up my sleeve in case we end up at my place.

 Okay, that ended up sounding racier than it actually is.

Fig and Olive Tapenade

All joking aside, in the last year, I’ve hosted a wedding reception, a chocolate party, several cooking parties, a Latin-themed Thanksgiving, and recently a celebration on what would have been my father’s 68th birthday.…

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As I come to the close of an amazing weekend surrounded with food bloggers at Food Buzz Fest, I think about how much things have changed in the last year. At the end of my first Food Buzz festival, I had been blogging for only five weeks. I had met hundreds of food bloggers over the weekend, some of whom would become great friends.…

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Butternut Squash Pancetta Pasta

When you cook with the seasons, it is not just the farms, the environment, your pocketbook, & the community the benefits. Your tastebuds reap the good too. This simple dish came about from walking around my local market and talking to some farmers. The squash is from Capay Organic, the sage from Phan’s Farms.…

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[This post is a part of Foodbuzz’s 24x24 program. Where 24 meals happen across the globe on the same day. I’d like to thank Foodbuzz for including this very special occasion in their 24x24 lineup]

I went to Catholic School for eight whole years, but unlike the sterotype, the nuns at my school weren’t mean.…

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I’ve spent all but a few of my 38 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was born and raised here, and while I’ve left a couple of times, I’ve never tricked myself into thinking my leaving was permanent. Sure, I’ve thought about  a simpler life, a porch swing, a big rambling yard.…

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Purple and Orange Sweet Potato Hashbrowns, Easy and VeganAutumn comes in fits and starts in northern California, but at the first sign of winter squash and crisp mornings, something in me begins to take stock of the seeds I’ve sown over the year.  Suddenly steamy cups of tea in the morning and warm blankets on the sofa lead to contemplation.…

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In just under one month, I’ll be at Foodbuzz Fest 2011 in my hometown of San Francisco. This conference is especially meaningful for me. One year ago, I was a brand new blogger, attending my first conference, meeting new people, like John from Foodwishes, Greg from Sippitysup, and Marc from No Recipes.…

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