papa cristo’s easy feta dip

Last night some friends and I went to Papa Cristo’s, a popular Greek restaurant in downtown LA for a cooking class. Papa Cristo himself led the group to the industrial kitchen, gave us some snacks and homemade wine, and then and taught us how to make moussaka (which was good and very authentic, though I’m not a huge moussaka fan) and a…
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Nicoise Salad Recipe

Nicoise salads are one of my favorite things to make during the summer (or during a very hot spring like we’re having) when I feel like something light, healthy, and easy for lunch or dinner. I usually make mine with traditional packed tuna (good quality tuna, either Italian or Spanish) but decided to switch things up the other day and…
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nanaimo bar

I made Nanaimo Bars yesterday for a holiday get together and while they were not perfectly picturesque (hence the Pinterest pictures) they were delicious, if I do say so myself. For anyone that’s not heard of a Nanaimo Bar, they’re this very yummy Canadian dessert made up of three different layers; the first being graham cracker, coconut and almonds, the second…
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simple chicken and white bean chili

  When I was at home last week I flipped through my mom’s cookbooks and found a bunch of recipes to try out. I was particularly excited about this chicken and white bean chili recipe which sounded easy, healthy, and delicious…and it was! The recipe calls for chicken thighs which I did use and highly recommend you do too, but…
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Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes

One of my favorite restaurants in Santa Monica, Forma, is a really neat little neighborhood spot serving fresh pasta and inventive Italian food, along with a seriously great cheese selection. They recently started serving brunch which I actually haven’t been to yet but am definitely planning to visit soon. One thing from their brunch menu I’m dying to try is…
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