How-To: Cook An Egg

You think it’s such a simple thing, but a perfectly cooked egg is actually kind of an achievement, particularly when you’re trying to get a specific result. Anyone who has served their share of rubbery scrambled eggs knows that well. That said, they’re also awesome. They’re cheap, they’re packed with protein and healthy fat, and […]

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As our family prepares for our luminary tradition at Christmas, I’ve been thinking, what are traditions and why do they matter? WHAT ARE TRADITIONS Definition 1: A tradition is a planned habit with significance. Definition 2: Tradition is the handing down of information, beliefs, worldview from one generation to another by word of mouth and […]

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Corn Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Yogurt Dressing

This is how to do cozy cooking in the fall when it’s still 100 degrees outside. #californialiving For the tacos: 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled if desired and diced into 1/2-inch cubes 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Salt and freshly ground black pepper […]

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Get Your Game On

‘ll say this briefly, football is NOT my thing. I did play powderpuff in high school; it was fierce, and it was fun! However, today my one appreciation of this sport (that seems at times to have placed itself annoyingly at the center of attention on every occasion) is the fare. And, Super Sunday is the only day I […]

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Best Ever Pumpkin Pie

No matter how dry your turkey is or how lumpy your gravy, if you put this out for dessert, all will be forgiven. Not forgotten, all right, we are talking about family, but it will be forgiven. The good news, it’s the easiest ever for a rich pie filling that’s less likely to crack on top! 1 […]

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Creamy Chicken with Biscuits

Comfort food has to be full of carbohydrates, able to be eaten with a spoon and served in a bowl. To me, bowl food equals soul food. And this recipe hits the mother lode. It’s a southern classic that my grandmother used to make, but I’ve changed it to make it my own. It’s easy to prepare and simply delicious. […]

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Beef Brisket with Yams and Prunes

Braised beef brisket is the quintessential Jewish holiday dish for Passover or Rosh Hashanah. It also makes a festive main course at any time of the year, for any faith. I’m a big believer in the fall season so I like to make this recipe when the weather outside requires that I wear an oversized sweater. The sweet-sour yam-and-prune […]

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Homemade Blackberry-Rose Ice Pops

6 1/2 cups blackberries 9 1/3 tablespoons organic cane sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon rosewater (available at gourmet grocers and Make Simple Syrup: In a small pot over medium-high heat, bring  sugar and an equal amount of water to a simmer. Stir until sugar dissolves. Set  aside until cool, about 10 […]

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Red Cabbage Salad

1 small red cabbage, chopped 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted 1 pack of Ramen noodles, uncooked 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup peanut oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons sugar 1 green onion, chopped (optional) Combine the cabbage, almonds, sesame seeds, and Ramen noodles in […]

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Let’s Take It Outside

What March is to college hoops fans and September is to the fashion crowd, these next few months are to the food-obsessed, particularly to those here in The Mustard Seed House. We wait all year for summer, when the market is exploding with produce; when we can stand next to a hot grill, cold drink […]

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