Chocolate Cream Pie with Cinnamon & Ancho Chile

June 9, 2011
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In my seventh grade home ec class, circa 1987, we churned out such memorable delicacies as turkey tetrazzini, purple cows (that would be a tall glass of Shasta grape soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream dropped in) and hamburger macaroni. But my favorite of them all was chocolate pudding pie. It called for […]

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Maple Cinnamon Granola

November 8, 2010
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I don’t consider myself to be a picky eater in the least…except when it comes to breakfast. And particularly when it comes to breakfast cereals. The bottom line: I just can’t handle soggy cereal. That means anything with flakes or puffs is automatically out. The presence of the words “crunch” or “clusters” in the name […]

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October 19, 2010
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It’s a fuller house than normal at my local cafĂ© this morning. The patio is empty, everyone has set up shop inside. Sixty-six degree overcast weather tends to send San Diegans to shelter. A mixed bag of flip flop- and Ugg-wearing patrons with their laptops open (or, in my case, iPad) tune out the whir […]

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