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Asian Beef with Chinese Star Anise

This rich, steamy and aromatic stew is perfect for cool autumn and winter evenings. A main spice is Chinese star anise. The star-shaped fruits resemble black licorice in flavour and are harvested just before ripening. They grow native in northeast Vietnam and southwest China. Star anise is also used in …

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Banana Cream Pie – Oh My

It’s a tradition in my home that the birthday person gets to request any dessert of choice for their special day. Oh …

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Wild Mushroom Soup

While most mushrooms are available year-round, many are at their peak in autumn and winter. This hearty soup is simple to make …

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Santa Barbara Style Peach Tart

It’s fuzzy wuzzy season! Sweet juicy peaches of all shapes and sizes (giant to dwarf) can be discovered in just about every …

mango chicken

Mango Chicken

It’s mango season! Loaded with juicy sweetness, this stone fruit is sensational blended into smoothies, mashed as an ice cream topping or …