Curry Meatballs with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Nearly everyone likes meatballs. I was in search of a meatball that was different and did not involve any filler (breadcrumbs). I have been on a bit of a curry kick lately, which has yielded these delicious meatballs!

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Chile Verde – Hearty & Warming for a cold winter’s day!

It is a cold, gloomy day here in NorCal today.  When the weather is blustery, my tummy wants soup, stew, or chile.  There is nothing more comforting than the delicious aroma of something warm and yummy cooking in the kitchen.

We have spent many winters in Bend, OR with my cousin and her family.  Mt. Bachelor is a wonderful ski resort and Bend has lots to do when you are not skiing/boarding.  My boys are not big chile lovers so I had never cooked Chile Verde for them. One cold night after a full day of skiing, my cousin made some, the house smelled amazing, the chile was delicious, and it immediately became a family favorite.

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Gingerbread Molasses Cookies – Santa Will Love Them

These cookies are a tradition with our family – we bake at least one batch every Christmas. We have a large Christmas party (75-100 people) and there would be mutiny if we did not serve these cookies.

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Andean Bean Stew – Meatless, yet Hearty

I had this Chilean-inspired stew on a cool evening at a little bay-front hotel restaurant in South San Francisco. I was going to wait until the weather cooled to make it at home, but then got impatient, and made it on a 100-degree day. It was still good!

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Travel Highlights: Bay Area

My husband recently had to go up to Palo Alto for work and we turned it into a Bay Area road trip. These were the food and drink highlights.

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Review: Knee Deep Lupulin River IPA

Lupulin River is my new favorite IPA! I still have many old favorites… but Lupulin River is perfectly balanced, tropical, hoppy, and delicious! I had tried a few Knee Deep beers before (they brew an impressive number of IPAs), and they were good, but they definitely didn’t blow me away.

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Pan-Roasted Harissa Chicken – Make it Spicy

Chicken thighs are underappreciated. They have more flavor, are easier to keep moist, and are half the price of breast meat!

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Review: Picket Fence 2013 Pinot Noir

I got married in Sonoma County in May of this year. I wanted to provide my guests quality beer and wine, but was also on a budget. It can be difficult to find a good Pinot Noir for under $20 per bottle!

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Egg Tacos – Up Your Egg Game

We once had a friend stay over (after a few beers the night before) and I made egg tacos in the morning. The friend asked, “how do you get so much flavor into eggs?”. Those particular eggs tacos only had cheese, cilantro, and hot sauce on them… so simple!

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Review: Pizza Port Kook DIPA

I never met a Pizza Port IPA I didn’t like. Kook DIPA is no exception. It doesn’t quite seem like a double IPA, but it is nice and refreshing. It has a lemon-y taste and color. It is great choice for a hot summer day and cans are perfect for the pool/camping/etc!

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