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Brown and Wild Rice Salad with Mandarin Oranges (and Cooking Matters)

Over the past six weeks I have been a volunteer chef for Cooking Matters. If you haven’t heard of Cooking Matters, I suggest you check it out. Their website articulates their impressive mission: Cooking Matters courses teach family members skills that will last a lifetime and […]

Watermelon Sangria

I have been really loving watermelon this season.  I have been loving it so much that more than once I have eaten an entire watermelon in one week.   Something about the sweetness, freshness, coolness, crispness, and color are so appealing. It is such a pleasant fruit! […]

Mandarin Orange and Pomegranate Tart

This cake on caught my eye.  I absolutely love the brilliant orange of the mandarins contrasting with the bright ruby pomegranate arils!  Isn’t it such a beautiful and striking combination for fall?  I decided to use it as an inspiration for this tart.  Mandarin […]


The very generous folks from POM Wonderful sent me several bottles of POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice.  They also sent a very informative fact sheet containing some interesting information about pomegranate juice and the health benefits of drinking it.  Here are a couple of points that I found particularly interesting: […]

Orange Coconut Cake

My mom doesn’t really love desserts.  Only three things come to mind when I think of sweets that she enjoys: rocky road clusters, Mallow Cups (chocolate cups filled with coconut and marshmallow), and anything citrus, particularly those gummy fruit slices.  For her birthday, I wanted to […]