May

16

2014

Marinated Tempeh with Spicy Apricot Pineapple Sauce

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Marinated Tempeh with Spicy Apricot Pineapple Sauce

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Marinated Tempeh Spicy Apricot Sauce 1 - The Duo Dishes

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Following the March Dole Blogger Summit sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods, there were a lot of ideas floating around about ways to highlight Dole products. This one was easy, and maybe because it includes the item most associated with the company–pineapple. OK, so maybe that’s no major reach or brainstorm worthy of mention, but the final result was fantastic. That should be good enough, right?

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May

7

2014

Sharing The Art of Tea

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Sharing The Art of Tea

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This past weekend, the folks at The Art of Tea invited a few bloggers to their headquarters and warehouse for an informational tour and tasting. It’s amazing how much you don’t know about something, right? Tea is enjoyable, but there is so much more about it beyond a cup of warmth and relaxation. Steve Schwartz, CEO and founder, walked us through his company’s foundations and processes, so here’s a quick rundown!
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May

1

2014

Best Recipes for the Perfect Mother’s Day

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Best Recipes for the Perfect Mother's Day

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Happy May everyone! We’re nearly halfway through the year, and that is just a crazy thing to even consider. May’s primary holiday is Mother’s Day, and it is usually a when people head out to brunch as a treat to mother. This year, why not create an awesome meal at home? Here are a few recipes to try that will hopefully inspire you to experiment with mom’s favorite ingredients and flavors.

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Apr

24

2014

A Very Berry Cake

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Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake

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Blueberries fall into a category of fruits that I do not particularly enjoy in their raw state. Once cooked or baked, I’m all over it. Heat transforms their sweetness into a characteristic my tongue can actually recognize. Fresh out of the clamshell package, there is a disconnect between what I know they taste like and what my buds perceive. Does anyone else have this issue with a certain fruit, vegetable or even condiment? How do you work around that? One of my answers is baked goods. A bunch of blueberries found their way into this cake because it is what I deemed to be best for them. And me.

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Apr

7

2014

Layers of Goodness

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Strawberry Oreo Trifle

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Here is another quick and easy dessert recipe to add to your arsenal. The key ingredient is fresh strawberries, which are pretty much available nearly year-round in Southern California. They are prime for eating as the weather begins to warm in spring and summer, so now is the time to start stocking up on the big, red berries. The other ingredient you’ll need is some fresh whipped cream and chocolate sandwich cookies. Oreos are the best of course. Grab a family-size bag, and start layering!

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Apr

1

2014

Sharing Sunday Dinner Ideas

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Depending on how you look at it, Sunday is either the end or the beginning of a new week. Some people want to wrap up the seventh day with an easy meal, while others use it as a full day of preparation and cooking for the evening and rest of the week. It is always a good idea to have Sunday dinner recipes on hand that are simple and quick, in addition to a few that may require a few hours of cooking. With that in mind, here are a few recipes that you can use to spice up your Sunday dinner routine.
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