Giant Cupcake Cake

My husband loves Reese’s Pieces. I always keep a glass jar full on the dining room table for him to scoop out a handful whenever he wants some. He has a birthday this week and I wanted to do something unique. Since he likes Reese’s Pieces and anything motorcycle related, I decided to go with a cupcake cake, cream cheese peanut butter frosting, Reese’s Pieces, and a dirt bike cake topper...
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Spanish Rice in the Rice Cooker

4 cups of long grain white rice
1/3 cup of diced red onion

1 cup of can corn, more if you prefer
1 can of El Pato Hot Tomato Sauce (found at most grocery stores)
I got this recipe from one of the Owners at El Terasco Meat Market in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

I cook 4 cups of long grain white rice in the rice cooker (add 4 cups of rice, 6 cups of water, splash of EVOO, ...

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Caramel Pecan Bars

I found this recipe in Food & Wine magazine. It takes time and lots of ingredients but well worth every second. These are the best pecan bars I’ve ever had! I made these bars for some of my close friends and my neighbor’s during the holidays.



2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes

1/4 cup ice water

1 tablespoon d...

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Pesto Pork Chops

2-4 Pork Chops
1 Jar of Pesto Sauce – I use Classico

A few years ago I didn’t know what to cook for dinner. I opened the fridge, pulled out the pork chops and then went to the pantry. When I saw the pesto sauce, I asked my brother what he thought about cooking the pork chops in the pesto. He said, “NO Way...
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Tofu Salad


Soy Sauce
Crushed Red Peppers
Sesame Seeds
Your favorite Dressing
In a pan, add 1 tbsp. of chopped garlic and 1/2 tsp. of EVOO (cook until brown)
Use one pack of Tofu (I use House Foods Premium Tofu Firm 19 oz. I get 3 packs from Costco for less than $4) and slice into cubes. Add cubed tofu on top of garlic.
Pour low sodium soy sauce and crush...
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Mazatlan Guacamole

About 9 years ago I visited Mazatlan with my Best Friend in the Whole wide world…Jennay. We met a local there named Roberto who traveled with us all week, showing us where to eat, shop, party, and even took us to his parents house in the middle of no where. They made us a homemade family style meal. Roberto wrote his guacamole recipe on a napkin for me...
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Lemon Pepper Chicken

2 Chicken Breasts
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 Lemon

In a pan, add chopped garlic and EVOO. Cook until brown

Take 2 chicken breast and cut into strips

Rub chicken with EVOO, salt, and pepper 

Lay chicken into pan and squeeze 1/4 of a lemon on chicken

Drain chicken juice out of pan with a spoon so the chicken browns

Flip the chicken once it...
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Childhood Memories

I loved when my mom would make me one of three things!

#1 – breakfast in bed

#2 – peanut butter and banana sandwiches

#3 – Fluffernutter (peanut butter & “FLUFF” marshmallow sandwich) – Perfect for the kids!

As an adult, I became a fan of grilling these sandwiches for friends and late night parties...

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Easy Fruit Tart Pie

Use seasonal fresh fruit if possible. The fresher the better! Charts below for California seasonal fruits.

1.5 cups self rising flour

1 1/4 sticks butter (3/4 cup)

1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup chopped nuts

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1.5 cups powdered sugar

8 oz. cool whip

Fruit: Seasonal (I used a can of crushed pineapple, 1 basket of strawberries, 2 kiwi’s, and 1 banana)


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Drums of Fire – Hot Wings

1.5 – 2 pounds Foster Farms Chicken Drumsticks


1 tablespoon of La Costena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (blend until smooth) Use more if you like EXTRA Spicy! You can use Curry paste if you don’t like Chipotle peppers. This can be found in pretty much any supermarket.

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

1 tablespoon toasted ses...

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