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New Thanksgiving Recipe: CHIPOTLE CARROT SALAD

chipotle mayo recipe from just mayo

New Thanksgiving Recipes

There is nothing more predictable than Thanksgiving dinner.  Though very tasty it is usually this: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy.  Add in some green beans if you’re feeling festive.  But why not add something new to the Thanksgiving dinner?  This chipotle carrot salad recipe would also be a great addition onto the table for Thanksgiving.  The usually starch heavy Thanksgiving dinner can use a little more vegetable recipes if you ask me. While there is nothing on the table I don’t like during the holidays this new Thanksgiving recipe would add a nice spice to a usually mellow Thanksgiving dinner.   If you are looking to stay away questionable ingredients, you can start with the mayonnaise.  Just Mayo is non-GMO, gluten-free, soy free, dairy-free, lactose-free, and cholesterol-free. And once you get the mayo taken care of, throw some heat into it with chipotle!  POW!

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The Revival Of Colony Palms Hotel & Purple Palm Restaurant Palm Springs

The Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs

One of the endearing things about Palm Springs to this vintage Southern California girl is that it has a rich history while also being completely modern. Once again claiming its place in the Palm Springs scene is the Colony Palms Hotel, one of the old guard hidden gems, and it has gone through a complete revival.

Originally built in 1936 by reputed Purple Gang Mobster, Al Wertheimer, the Colony Palms Hotel was once a saloon, speakeasy and gambling house that later became a playground for Hollywood ICONS including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Rita Hayworth. In 2007, the Colony Palms Hotel went through a complete renewal, getting the royal treatment in a collaboration with Los Angeles based Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. The Colony Palms has regained its nobility as a stunning four-star boutique hotel.

The colony palms hotel restaurant Purple Palm renewal
Not only did the hotel go through a renewal, but their restaurant, The Purple Palm Restaurant which was named after the original founder’s gang, has taken on a whole new life, thanks to a complete remodel and new head chef Greg Stillman. Inside of the beautiful courtyard of the Colony Palms Hotel, the restaurant design is full of the glamour of the 1930’s and 40’s when the Colony Palms was “the” place to be seen in Palm Springs. Amazing food, stunning decor, mountain views, and gracious service, it is absolutely wonderful.

Chef Greg Stillman in the Purple Palm restaurnt at the Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs
Chef Greg Stillman was charged with overhauling the menu for the Purple Palm restaurant, working with California producers and foragers to incorporate the fragrant fruits and fresh vegetables of each season into his dining experiences. In his new position as Executive Chef, Stillman will continue to work closely with the boutique property to craft and evolve the California cuisine for guests and locals alike.

Colony palms hotel palm springs purple palm dinner

Look at his food! It looks almost too good to eat. Chef Stillman’s experience mixing international cuisines really shines through while still respecting the regional ingredients.

Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs purple Palm Restaurant Remodel Bar

The Purple Palm Restaurant is an unexpected, but welcome added selection to the restaurant scene in Palm Springs. Everything seemed to be going more modern, flashy, midcentury (which I also love) but the surroundings and amazing food offered by the Purple Palm really sets itself apart as something unique and much needed.

To find out more about the Colony Palms Hotel, or to dine at the Purple Palm Restaurant visit colonypalmshotel.com.

Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
800-557-2187

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Easy Sunday Morning Breakfast

ozery bakery morning rounds and egg for breakfast

Sundays are my favorite morning. This is usually when I am able to take a moment from whatever excitement I had the night before, pour myself a nice cup of tea, and take my time getting breakfast. This weekend, some of us in the house were recovering from a lot of fun from the night before. This easy breakfast, with Ozery morning rounds, filled the bill of an easy, delicious, and even healthy breakfast fast to make up for the night before.

ozery bakery morning rounds

With the Ozery morning rounds, you can either get the snack size, that I especially like since they are only 70 calories each, or the regular sized morning rounds. These are about the size of an english muffin. I like to cut mine in half and toast them, but you can also warm them in the oven, or even use them as the base for french toast (OMG good).
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Happy Watermelon Day! Recipes and Ideas

summer-watermelon-side-dish-feta-basil

Happy Watermelon Day! What a fun day to have in the middle of a hot sticky summer. It might be everyday in Summer here in Southern California. If you are in the mood to celebrate watermelon day, today, I have a few tips and watermelon recipes for you to try out with your family and friends.

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A Party Treat Fit For A Prince

spicy chocolate popcorn Coleman Mustard

Happy Birthday to the adorable Prince George! Somehow this little prince has taken hold of the celebrity world even across the Pond to America. I would venture to say it is his parents more than any of his major accomplishments, you know, like standing and drooling all over toys.

If adorable Prince George’s royal parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William wanted to stop by my place this evening, I would be sure to whip up some treats fit for a prince or two. I think they would get a kick out of my laid back Southern California lifestyle.

While George’s little mouth may not be able to handle popcorn that well (I don’t know, can little toddlers eat popcorn?) this spicy chocolate covered popcorn recipe will be sure to please the grown ups in the play group.

Ingredients:
1 bag buttered popcorn
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp. Colman’s Mustard
1 tbsp. light Karo Syrup

Directions:
Pop the popcorn according to package directions. In a small saucepan add the chocolate chips and heat on low. Add the milk and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Add the mustard and the Karo syrup. Mix well. Dump the popcorn into a bowl and pour chocolate mixture over popcorn. Mix well and let it sit till it cools. Then serve.

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