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jake’s favorite soup
January 6th, 2012Mary, Recipesmary 6 Comments

Jake’s always had a few favorite dishes that I make. He’ll ask me to make certain things every once in awhile. The first dish that he requested again was this dish I adapted from a Diabetic Cookbook. It was called “Orange Scented Stir Fry” but I changed it to use chicken instead of beef and I put it together with noodles. It made a wonderful orange sauce that was really good on top of the noodles and the meat.
Other things …

del mar rendezvous / del mar – san diego, ca
January 4th, 2012Del Mar, Mary, San Diego Countymary 48 Comments

I posted about the Dumpling Inn this week – this post is about it’s sister restaurant, Del Mar Rendezvous. I was invited to come here on behalf of the restaurant and arrangements were made by BAM Communications. Check out the review below and see our special giveaway from Del Mar Rendezvous for San Diego Restaurant Week (January 15-20, 2012) at the end of this post!
Del Mar Rendezvous is a cute little restaurant nestled into a shopping center in downtown Del …

dumpling inn / clairemont – san diego, ca

The Dumpling Inn is an itty bitty little restaurant located in one of the many strip malls on Convoy Street in Clairemont. It’s an 8-table restaurant meaning you’ll probably have to wait once you get there. There’s a waiting list on a clipboard attached to the door. You put your name down on the list and just hope you’ll get seated sometime soon.
Jake, T and I went on a Friday afternoon on one of my days off and we probably …

happy new year!
December 31st, 2011etc, Marymary 3 Comments

Wishing you a safe and happy new year!

See you next year for more foodie posts!

influx cafe / little italy – san diego, ca

Last month Jake and I took the kids out for a little treat. We spend an afternoon at Nickle City and then used the “Hotel Tonight” application on my iPhone to get ourselves a cheap room for the evening. I had a discount for $50 off, which was just another reason to get a hotel for the night. We ended up staying at the Porto Vista hotel in Little Italy and I loved that all the restaurants were in walking …

holiday baking: pumpkin chocolate chip bread
December 28th, 2011Mary, Recipesmary 2 Comments

Usually for Christmas I only make cookies. This year I decided I wanted to throw a little quick bread into the mix and decided to do these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breads.

I know these were good because the ones I saved for my family were gone within a couple of days.
I did a little tweak to the recipe, too. I added in all of the spices that you’d normally find in Pumpkin Pie into this bread. It makes a difference! And …

holiday baking: lemon ricotta cookies
December 24th, 2011etc, Mary, Recipesmary 2 Comments

Tis the season of giving! I noticed a few co-workers were giving out little goodie bags of cookies this year and I thought, “Okay, I’m game. I’ll do little cookie goodie bags, too!”
I decided to try a new recipe and also made an old favorite to include in my little goodie bags.

[The little goodie bags had Lemon Ricotta Cookies and Chocolate Caramel Crackers in the bags.]
My alterations for this year’s Chocolate Caramel Crackers were that I used 2 sticks of …

holiday baking: peanut butter reindeer cookies
December 24th, 2011etc, Mary, Recipesmary 0 Comments

I love these cookies!

I made these Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies last year. They’re so cute I had to make them again this year!
I fully intended to buy the mini chocolate chips for the eyes this year, but the bag was like $4 at the grocery store and I thought, “Um, not worth it”. Instead I tried using peanut butter chips for the eyes. In retrospect, I wish I had used my food writer pen to put little dots on the …

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