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  • Artichokes Garlic Butter 2 E1436834535896

    Garlic, Rosemary & Butter Dipping Sauce

    Le Voov! Note: This particular sauce can be used with fresh crab, scallops and prawns, as well as a rustic loaf of sour dough bread!

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  • Dammit Doll

    Le Voov! Product Review: Dammit Doll

    On her chest, her little label reads:

    “Whenever things don’t go so well, and you want to hit the wall and yell, here’s a little dammit doll, that you can’t do without. Just grasp it firmly by the legs and find a place to slam it. And as you whack the stuffing out yell dammit! Dammit! Dammit!”

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  • 86 Mayo

    86 The Mayo! Healthy Alternative Sandwich Spreads

    Over the last few years, the classic deli sandwich has been through a major overhaul as we strive to create nutritious yet satisfying ways to reinvent this American staple. At the store, as I read the labels on many of these common household condiments, meats and breads, I quickly discovered a plethora of hidden sugars, salt, nitrates, antibiotics and even growth hormones. Bad, bad, 1000 times BAD!

    My journey began with the basics, finding reliable sources for high quality bread, cheese and meat. Once I found a healthy source for these, I decided to explore my choices for delicious condiments and greens to create a sandwich that was truly Voovacious!

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  • Marinated Sashimi

    Marinated Sashimi & Edamame/Wasabi Spread

    This is one of my favorite go-to recipes. I marinate the fish and make the edamame/wasabi spread a day in advance to let the flavors mingle and get friendly with each other. This wonderfully fresh appetizer can be served over sesame crackers, fried wontons, cucumber slices or tucked into endive leaves. You can also make a perfect meal by serving the marinated sashimi over a bed of mâche (lamb’s lettuce) leaves and frisée lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces, accompanied by a few slices of avocado.

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  • Rasp Mojito

    Raspberry Mojito-Squadeeto

    The classic mojito came to us courtesy of Havana, Cuba. Now that the U.S and Cuba are on friendlier terms, perhaps we’ll need to take a Le Voov! adventure to visit our neighbors 90-miles off the Florida Keys….. Stay tuned!

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  • Bulbs 8 May 20152 E1434494905920

    Le Voov! Garden – Planting Bulbs With Otter!

    Otter-Pop the dog really enjoys the flowers of springtime, particularly the Daffodils and Narcissus. With the lack of winter temperatures or rain due to California’s forth year of severe drought, planting season came earlier than usual this year. So, I picked up a bag of 50-bulbs for Otter-Pop to decorate throughout the garden.

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  • March 2015 Meyer Lemons

    Le Voov! Fruit: Meyer Lemons 🍋 🍋 🍋

    We are blessed to have not one, but two Meyer lemon trees in our yard. As the days grow shorter in late autumn, the yellow orbs begin to deepen in color and look like bright seasonal ornaments stealthfully hiding among the deep green foliage. With the passing of each winter day, the lemons grow sweeter, and knowing this makes me feel warm right down to my toes.

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  • LV Lemon Pound CakeFF

    Grandma’s Meyer Lemon Pound Cake 🍋

    My Grandmother was always in the kitchen cooking up something wonderful. As I recall, even the couch in her house smelled like a perfectly pleasant blend of fresh-baked cookies and thick-cut bacon. (I know that sounds weird, but it was absolutely the bees-knees as a kid!)

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  • Rasp Ginger Snap

    Raspberry Ginger Snap

    Several decades ago I began exploring the art of infusing various fruit and herbal mixtures with spirits. It started innocently enough with a simple curiosity to find a way to blend the medicinal anti-inflammatory qualities of the ginger root with the anti-oxidants in wild berries. Wah-lah, the Raspberry Ginger Snap was born!

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  • Lemon Chicken

    Lemon Chicken Piccata 🍋 🍴

    Meyer Lemon Picatta is exquisitely divine and easy to prepare. The light, rich sweetness of the lemon sauce in juxtaposition to the salty capers and deep tones of white sage, make this a Splendiferous ‘comfort meal’ to be shared with friends and family. Serve it with fresh pasta, herb-roasted potatoes or lemon-rice pilaf, accompanied by steamed asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts or try our Rainbow Carrots, Haricot Verts & Caramelized Shallots.

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  • Orange Mimosa

    Blood Orange Mimosa 🍊

    Who doesn’t love a mimosa to go with a fabulous Sunday brunch?!! And while regular orange juice is lovely, why not add some unique bling and glam-it-up a bit with fresh squeezed blood orange juice? The deep rose-red color makes a regular champagne glass look like an Oscar-worthy celebration…

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  • LV Blog Lox FF

    Parisian Lox & Bagels Brunch

    This brunch is our daughter’s very favorite lazy-weekend breakfast. We buy fresh bagels the afternoon prior so we can wake up in the morning ready for a truly pleasurable, relaxed meal. I usually get the variety bagels that have a bit of everything on top, rather than a specific topping like plain or sesame seed. It’s important to locate a good source for Wild-Caught Smoked Salmon (NOT Farmed Salmon) to ensure high quality lox, without the unnatural addition of toxins, anti-biotics, dyes, or growth hormones present. I usually add fresh chopped dill, a bit of cracked black pepper, and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the top of the lox for an extra bit of flavor. The bagels are accompanied by a platter of freshly sliced organic English cucumber, ripe avocado, thinly sliced red onions, lemons, and cilantro with a small bowl of capers.

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  • Rainbow Carrots And Verts

    Rainbow Carrots, Haricot Verts & Caramelized Shallots

    Rainbow carrots bring a marvelous splash of deep, bright color to any meal. The hues of purple, red, deep orange and yellow are complimented perfectly with the bright green verts (French green beans). This colorful, crunchy medley paired with the deep tones of the caramelized shallots and browned butter make for a lovely sidecar to any meal!

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  • Nut Butter Smoothie

    Nut-Butter Berry Banana Smoothie 🍌

    One of my very favorite morning meals is the Nut-Butter Berry Banana Smoothie. (Oh behave yourselves naughty monkeys…!) I refer to this smoothie as ‘B3Z’ (pronounced bee-3-zeeeeh!) since this name includes the word ‘Bee’, and I just love, love, love bees!!! So, I prefer to call it B3Z!

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  • Feb. 2015 Recipe Shrimp With Endive Salad

    Shrimp with Endive, Blue Cheese and Fresh-Cut Tomatoes 🍤 🍅

    We have enjoyed this salad served both as a pre-dinner salad or an entree on a balmy summer night. The tart flavor of the endive is perfectly balanced by the rich, deep tones of blue cheese in this salad delight.

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  • Caracara Tini

    Cara Cara-tini Fizz 🍊 🍸

    For those of you unfamiliar with the fabulously juicy, seedless Cara Cara navel orange, it is the physical embodiment of Le Voov!. Both it’s deep-reddish-pink flesh and the sweet, succulent citrus flavor will make you a believer in heavenly delights. Containing only half the acidity of a traditional navel orange, Cara Cara’s are the perfect cocktail mixer. As one sips the juice of this deep-hued citrus, subtle hints of cherry and blackberry tones can be noted lingering on the back of the palate. The dynamic, complex flavor makes this fruit a perfectly adventurous choice for dipping in chocolate fondue! (We’ll talk about that later….)

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  • HIC Eggsact Egg Timer

    Le Voov! Product Review: HIC Eggsact Egg Timer

    This little handy device makes for perfectly cooked eggs. I just place the Eggsact Egg Timer in the pot with the eggs and wait for it to change color from red to purple-black. The color changes slowly from the outer rim towards the center as the eggs cook, indicating soft, medium or hard-boiled for perfectly cooked eggs every time!

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  • Cusinart Citrus Juicer

    Le Voov! Product Review: Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer

    Living in California our family enjoys fresh fruit juice all year around. This compact, powerful juicer by Cuisinart can handle everything from lemons to limes, oranges to tangelos, and even large grapefruit with great efficiency. The auto-reverse reamer extracts every last drop of juice from the fruit in a snap and the brushed stainless steel exterior and dishwasher-safe, BPA-free parts make cleanup effortless and easy.

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  • Brita

    Le Voov! Product Review: Brita 10-Cup Everyday Water Filter Pitcher

    We have two Brita water filters in our home, one lives in the kitchen, the other stays in our Camping supplies/Emergency Disaster Kit in the basement. Each individual filter provides us with 40-gallons of clean, fresh tasting water, without the smell or taste of chlorine or bitter minerals. We access our Brita when making tea or coffee, as well as filling our pets’ water bowls. All pitchers and filters are BPA-free and 100% recyclable.

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  • Pyrex

    Le Voov! Product Review: Pyrex Simply Store 20-Piece Food Storage Set

    I purchased this 20-piece Pyrex food storage set years ago when setting up my first real epicurean kitchen. What makes these containers so Splendiferous is that they stack beautifully in the refrigerator/freezer, yet nest together to store in an easy, compact manner. They are made in the USA and the plastic lids are both dishwasher safe and BPA-free for convenient, safe food storage.

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