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Simply Delicious Living is all about the harmonious balance — what you eat, how you care for your body, what you think and believe, how you live, and how you treat yourself and others, as well the world around you.

When you eat fresh, natural, and organic foods that are sustainably produced and delivered from the farm to your table, you’re doing a great service to yourself and the health of your family as well as insuring the future sustainability of the planet.  Browse the recipes below for some inspiration and also check out the categories on page right for specific types of foods.

You’ll also find some yummy recipes in my novel, “Lady in the Window” (May 2017, SelectBooks). In the book, patrons visit The Plumeria Café,™ a picturesque, charming little café, which offers an eclectic menu of delicious dishes & bakery delights that are lovingly prepared with aloha. You’ll find the recipes from “Lady in the Window” on this website inside The Plumeria Café.™ Enter the Café here.

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Sampling of Simply Delicious Living Recipes

Maryann's Simply Delicious & Sustainable Recipes

Mango Pineapple Sorbet

Did you ever look at the ingredients of store bought sorbets? Many use corn syrup, processed sugar, and some other ingredients you might not … More Mango Pineapple Sorbet »

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Bruschetta Pizza – For a Simple & Delicious Lunch or Dinner

Growing up in a large East Coast Italian-Irish family, at family gatherings, holidays and special occasions, we loved to enjoy a host of appetizers … More Bruschetta Pizza – For a Simple & Delicious Lunch or Dinner »

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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

The first time I ever had a parfait like the one we’re going to make today was when my family and I visited Maui … More Fruit & Yogurt Parfait »

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Spiralized Veggie Pasta – Guiltless & Delicious!

This “Spiralized Veggie Pasta” is a great solution to eating pasta without the carbs and enjoying guiltless second helpings! This recipe is inspired by … More Spiralized Veggie Pasta – Guiltless & Delicious! »

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Frozen Banana & Peanut Butter Delight

Research shows that too much consumption of refined sugar can be detrimental to your health causing metabolic dysfunction contributing to weight gain, elevated blood … More Frozen Banana & Peanut Butter Delight »

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Veggie Pasta

After a busy day, and when my husband is working, sometimes I just want to unwind over an easy dinner while I watch a … More Veggie Pasta »

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Mandarin Chicken with Walnuts

  Radio Personality (and my neighbor!) Kim Pagano recently visited me in my kitchen during a taping of Simply Delicious Living. We had a … More Mandarin Chicken with Walnuts »

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Tex Mex Salad

For a simply delicious lunch or dinner (or side salad) that you can whip up in under 30 minutes, try this Tex Mex Salad. … More Tex Mex Salad »

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Curried Veggie Rice

  Curry powder, turmeric, ginger, and cardamom are all wonderful spices with anti-oxidant properties. “Food is Medicine” as my husband always says, so you … More Curried Veggie Rice »

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Nelson DeMille & John Corey’s “Male Chauvanist Pigs in a Blanket”

A friend and #1 NY Times best-selling author Nelson DeMille recently sent me “The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook,” which features a favorite recipe … More Nelson DeMille & John Corey’s “Male Chauvanist Pigs in a Blanket” »

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Citrus Salad (as seen on PBS-TV & Ventura County Star) from Lady in the Window’s The Plumeria Café™

This light, sweet and crunchy salad works fantastic as an appetizer, side salad, or as a main course (served with a protein of your … More Citrus Salad (as seen on PBS-TV & Ventura County Star) from Lady in the Window’s The Plumeria Café™ »

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Avocado Yogurt Dip

Avocado Yogurt Dip Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Ingredients 1 avocado 1 5 or 6 oz container of plain Greek Yogurt freshly squeezed lemon juice … More Avocado Yogurt Dip »

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Curried Lentils & Hummus Wrap (PBS-TV, VenturaCountyStar.com)

In my new novel, “Lady in the Window,” (SelectBooks) my main character Kate Grace loves to frequent The Plumeria Café (a fictitious café found … More Curried Lentils & Hummus Wrap (PBS-TV, VenturaCountyStar.com) »

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Simple Fruit & Veggie Smoothie (PBS-TV, VenturaCountyStar.com)

There’s nothing better than starting the day with fresh POWER Fruits & Veggies! Here’s a Simple Fruit & Veggie Smoothie recipe to put some … More Simple Fruit & Veggie Smoothie (PBS-TV, VenturaCountyStar.com) »

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Simple Shrimp Scampi

I love to whip up this dish for a romantic dinner with my husband, or when guest drop by unexpectedly. It’s simple, delicious and … More Simple Shrimp Scampi »

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Vegetable Quinoa Cakes

On Sundays, at our house, we love to enjoy a breakfast that’s more like a brunch. Sometimes I’ll make hash browns or potato latkes … More Vegetable Quinoa Cakes »

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Low-Cal Pumpkin Pudding

At our house, we love everything pumpkin – from pumpkin bread, muffins and pancakes to pumpkin souffle, pumpkin pie, and even pumpkin spice tea…In … More Low-Cal Pumpkin Pudding »

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Winter Beets

I can’t get enough veggies and when it comes to fresh, organic Brussels sprouts and winter beets, our family loves to enjoy them roasted … More Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Winter Beets »

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Curb Holiday Food Waste with Green Stew

Many of you may know that in addition to Simply Delicious Living, and writing novels, I work as a lifestyle reporter.  One of my … More Curb Holiday Food Waste with Green Stew »

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Sweet Potato & Cranberry Farro Salad

Farro is a delicious grain made of a the grains from different wheat species and has a delicious taste and a crunchy, nutty texture. … More Sweet Potato & Cranberry Farro Salad »

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Curry Scramble

At our house we like to “mix up” our eggs…here’s a simple, tasty recipe to add a little spice to your morning — my … More Curry Scramble »

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Curried Turkey Meatballs

One Christmas holiday season when my family and I visited Lake Tahoe, we went out for dinner one evening and enjoyed the most delicious … More Curried Turkey Meatballs »

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Simple Pear Galette

Last night I picked some pears off the pear trees on our farm and made a simple pear galette.  My husband, who likes to … More Simple Pear Galette »

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Kate’s Orzo Salad (PBS-TV, VenturaCountyStar.com)

In addition to my passion for cooking, if you don’t already know this about me, I have a passion for writing – everything from … More Kate’s Orzo Salad (PBS-TV, VenturaCountyStar.com) »

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Grandma Murphy’s Sunday Tea Bread

Growing up, on Sundays, my parents, brothers, sister, and I would visit both sets of Grandparents for Sunday dinner after church.  We’d usually start … More Grandma Murphy’s Sunday Tea Bread »

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Cajun Cornflake Chicken

Cajun Cornflake Chicken Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Ingredients 6 boneless, skinless organic chicken tenders or thin breasts 2 c. Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes 1 … More Cajun Cornflake Chicken »

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Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Whenever I get a craving for sweets, it’s usually for something chocolate. However, most brownie recipes call for processed granulated sugar or artificial sweeteners. … More Chewy Chocolate Brownies »

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Super Quick Natural Nachos

For a fun appetizer when I’m having guests over for a casual affair, or when my family wants to kick back and enjoy a … More Super Quick Natural Nachos »

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Herb Chicken with Tomato, Spinach & Basil

After a busy day at the office or filming on location, when I get home, I’m always looking for quick, easy and great tasting … More Herb Chicken with Tomato, Spinach & Basil »

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Lentils with Garlic, Onion & Sun-dried Tomato

My Lentils with Garlic, Onion & Sun-dried Tomato recipe is delicious and versatile!  The lentils taste great in a pita sandwich or in a … More Lentils with Garlic, Onion & Sun-dried Tomato »

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Blueberry Salad with Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette

  I love to enjoy a nice big salad with lunch and/or dinner either alone or with a nice piece of grilled fish or … More Roasted Butternut Squash & Blueberry Salad with Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette »

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Healthy Dessert Idea: Frozen Persimmons

This is the most SIMPLE and AMAZING dessert idea.  Freeze a Hitachi Persimmon and then, when you’re ready for a yummy dessert or healthy … More Healthy Dessert Idea: Frozen Persimmons »

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Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Garlic Aioli Orzo

Kicking back and having loved ones and friends over for dinner is a fun way to spend an evening, a weekend get together or … More Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Garlic Aioli Orzo »

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Pumpkin Zucchini Latkes

October is the month of the PUMPKIN. Here’s a simple recipe you can enjoy for breakfast (with eggs) or brunch (with a large green … More Pumpkin Zucchini Latkes »

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Mexican Egg Wrap

At our house, we love eggs for breakfast.  However, sometimes we want to change up the typical omelette or scrambled eggs and have something … More Mexican Egg Wrap »

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Tomato Bisque (made with coconut milk!)

  For lunch, or an easy dinner, this delicious rich tomato bisque made with coconut milk (no cream!) and hints of fresh rosemary and … More Tomato Bisque (made with coconut milk!) »

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Tequila Grilled Salmon Salad

Eating fresh fruits and veggies in season that you purchase locally is good for your health, stimulates the local economy, and helps your community’s … More Tequila Grilled Salmon Salad »

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Breakfast Veggie Omelette

Did you know that in the United States the average American family of four will toss out $1600 dollars worth of groceries every year?  … More Breakfast Veggie Omelette »

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Chocolate Fruit Mousse

My friend Maxine makes a killer chocolate mousse and she shared her recipe with me some time ago. I’ve been looking to recreate the … More Chocolate Fruit Mousse »

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Carol’s Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Make this meal in under 30 minutes! My sister-in-law Carol shared this delicious recipe for hamburgers and caramelized onions. She served it with home … More Carol’s Burgers with Caramelized Onions »

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Quick and Easy Spinach Quiche

This Quick and Easy Spinach Quiche makes a perfect dish for breakfast or brunch.  Serve it hot or cold with a fresh fruit or … More Quick and Easy Spinach Quiche »

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All-Natural Coconut Pudding

In my quest for an organic, all-natural pudding, that’s not from a box or plastic container, I’ve been testing out various recipes and finally … More All-Natural Coconut Pudding »

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Avocado Shrimp Pasta

Here’s a great pasta dish you can make in under 30 minutes that uses all fresh, organic ingredients.  My beautiful and talented niece, singer/musician/songwriter … More Avocado Shrimp Pasta »

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All-Natural Banana Strawberry Sorbet

YUMMY! Is all I can say about this heavenly, smooth, creamy, dreamy (and healthy!) dessert made with fresh, frozen fruit and coconut or almond … More All-Natural Banana Strawberry Sorbet »

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Banana Pineapple Bread

Banana bread is fantastic with eggs for breakfast, for a snack, or with afternoon tea.  This particular recipe is extremely satisfying because the bread … More Banana Pineapple Bread »

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71 Palm’s Fresh Summer Salad

In addition to hosting/producing “Simply Delicious Living,” Maryann produces/reports for “Sustainable Ventura News,”(healthy & sustainable living topics) and in this news segment she takes … More 71 Palm’s Fresh Summer Salad »

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Cranberry Apple Crisp

  Cranberry Apple Crisp is a delicious way to say “I love you!” this Valentine’s Day.  A combination of sweet apples, slightly tart fresh … More Cranberry Apple Crisp »

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Simply Sweet Holidays, SDL’s December 2014 News

For simply delicious recipes, great articles, cooking videos, body•mind•spirit inspirations and green living ideas, READ “Simply Sweet Holidays” Simply Delicious Living’s December 2014 Newsletter! … More Simply Sweet Holidays, SDL’s December 2014 News »

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

This Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe has just the right amount of rich flavor (from the yummy ricotta, goat cheese and organic pumpkin)  and sweetness … More Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes »

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin spice and everything nice is how I describe these muffins!  Pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite breakfast foods (and/or to enjoy as … More Pumpkin Spice Muffins »

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Arugula Salad with Fresh Veggies & Walnuts

I love the zesty and slightly peppery taste of fresh arugula.  This salad, made with fresh veggies and diced walnuts,  is so crunchy and … More Arugula Salad with Fresh Veggies & Walnuts »

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Veggilicious Lasagna with Ricotta & Pesto

Growing up in a large Italian/Irish household, my family enjoyed a variety of pasta dishes on a regular basis.  Traditionally, lasagna is made with … More Veggilicious Lasagna with Ricotta & Pesto »

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Lemon Lime Chicken Pita with Hummus

Lemon Lime Chicken Pita with Middle Eastern Hummus Cooking with fresh fruits and veggies is a fantastic way to get the most nutrients from … More Lemon Lime Chicken Pita with Hummus »

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Roasted Veggie Salad with Mango Coconut Purée

Roasted Veggie Salad with Mango Coconut Purée Salads are a great way to enjoy a variety of leafy greens and nutritious veggies.  This salad … More Roasted Veggie Salad with Mango Coconut Purée »

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Italian Chopped Salad

I recently have fallen in love with chopped salads.  OMG!   If it’s on the menu, I order it.  It’s also become my go-to lunch … More Italian Chopped Salad »

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Roasted Red Potato Salad with Chicken Sausage

During the summer months, packing a picnic lunch to enjoy by the ocean or another picturesque site is a great way to kick back … More Roasted Red Potato Salad with Chicken Sausage »

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Fresh Fruit Smoothie

This yummy fresh fruit drink is so easy to blend up for breakfast or dessert.  It’s  smooth, naturally sweet and satisfying!  If you want … More Fresh Fruit Smoothie »

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Strawberries with Yogurt Cream

“Clotted Cream” is a a thick cream made by indirectly heating full-cream cow’s milk using steam or a water bath and then leaving it … More Strawberries with Yogurt Cream »

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Nectarine Flambé with Sweet Ricotta

Here’s a simply yummy tasting dessert that you can whip up in minutes.  It’s light and extremely satisfying and flavorful, not to mention low … More Nectarine Flambé with Sweet Ricotta »

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Kale, Spinach and Fruit Smoothie

      Sometimes we just don’t get enough fruits and veggies in our diet.  A great way to enjoy the health benefits of … More Kale, Spinach and Fruit Smoothie »

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Growing up, my Mom used to make this recipe for a moist, dark chocolate cake.  She would make the recipe as a small sheet … More Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes »

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Curry Chicken Salad

I love hot Chicken Curry for dinner over a bed of jasmine rice.  However, one night I was in the mood for a cold … More Curry Chicken Salad »

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Chicken Quinoa with Dijon Cream Sauce

This dish, which is so delicious and satisfying, can be prepared in under 30 minutes. Enjoy it any night of the week. It’s also … More Chicken Quinoa with Dijon Cream Sauce »

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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sausage, Spinach & Sundried Tomatoes

When you’ve had a busy day at the office or you’d just like to make something simple, delicious and healthy for dinner, this recipe, … More Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sausage, Spinach & Sundried Tomatoes »

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Blueberry Spelt Muffins

I recently fell in love with the Blueberry Muffins made with spelt flour that I purchased at Whole Foods.  However, because the muffins are … More Blueberry Spelt Muffins »

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Middle Eastern Hummus

This is such a simple, yet delicious appetizer, dip or spread.  I love to serve it with fresh cut veggies and warm pita bread.  … More Middle Eastern Hummus »

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Easy Berry & Apple Galette

Fruit galette is now one of my go-to desserts.  While it takes about an hour to bake in the oven, you can make it … More Easy Berry & Apple Galette »

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Poached Pears with Frangelico & Shaved Dark Chocolate

Poached Pears make such a simple, yet elegant dessert. This lovely recipe calls for Frangelico liqueur which takes like hazelnuts! You can make this … More Poached Pears with Frangelico & Shaved Dark Chocolate »

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Simple Chicken Curry

Simple Chicken Curry Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 4 boneless, … More Simple Chicken Curry »

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Pear and Almond Pound Cake

This Pear and Almond Pound Cake recipe is so moist and tasty with subtle flavors of pear, almond, vanilla and coconut.  It’s full of … More Pear and Almond Pound Cake »

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Raw Veggie Salad – Inspired by Raw Food Expo

     The energy is high and the faces are friendly at the 6th Annual Raw Living Expo being held at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, … More Raw Veggie Salad – Inspired by Raw Food Expo »

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Pesto with Sweet Potato

Just after the December holidays, I had some leftover pesto.  I wound up serving the pesto over some pasta and chicken alongside a sweet … More Pesto with Sweet Potato »

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Easy Spinach, Onion & Feta Tart

I just LOVE my new tart pan! 🙂  If you don’t have one, you can find them at any kitchen goods, home store or … More Easy Spinach, Onion & Feta Tart »

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Rustic Pear and Apple Galette

Who doesn’t like a delicious dessert? I know I love them. 🙂 But everything in moderation right?  Well, at our house, we try to … More Rustic Pear and Apple Galette »

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Country Apple Tart

As many of you know, my husband and I live on an orchard in the Santa Rosa Valley, Ca.  We have many avocado trees … More Country Apple Tart »

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French Toast with Triple Crème Goat Brie

Holiday time in our family means party time!  Whenever friends and family gather, we love to enjoy a celebratory drink with delicious appetizers (and … More French Toast with Triple Crème Goat Brie »

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Roasted Potatoes with Cheese, Dill & Dijon

At Thanksgiving and during the holiday season, my family loves to get together and PARTY!  Here’s a delicious, easy-to-make appetizer to share with your … More Roasted Potatoes with Cheese, Dill & Dijon »

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Pumpkin Harvest Bread

This morning, I opened the French doors leading out from the house to the orchard. As I stepped onto the patio, the sun shone … More Pumpkin Harvest Bread »

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Let’s do Lunch at the Village Kitchen Shoppe

A few weeks ago, my amazing friend author, Barbara Berg (RingShui.com), treated me to a fabulous cooking class and lunch at the Village Kitchen … More Let’s do Lunch at the Village Kitchen Shoppe »

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Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake Bliss

  Sometimes you just have to have “cake” for breakfast.  This delightful coffee cake is a perfect compliment to scrambled or poached eggs.  You … More Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake Bliss »

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Pork Chops with Pears and Cabernet Sauce

This pork chop recipe is soooo easy.  You can make them in under 15 minutes!!!  Pictured above, I serve it with some steamed broccoli … More Pork Chops with Pears and Cabernet Sauce »

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Grilled Eggplant, Cheese & Roasted Pepper Panini

In Italy, the word PANINO, means a sandwich made from bread other than sliced bread such as ciabatta or baguette.  The panino is also … More Grilled Eggplant, Cheese & Roasted Pepper Panini »

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Pumpkin Pie Soufflé

I love the autumn when the leaves turn vibrant colors and the air takes on a crisp quality.  To me, this signifies that the … More Pumpkin Pie Soufflé »

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All-Natural Homemade Pancakes

Instead of buying pancake mixes (read the list of ingredients — you’ll find all types of preservatives and ingredients you can’t even pronounce!), try … More All-Natural Homemade Pancakes »

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Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Enjoy this tasty appetizer before the “main event”!  It’s bursting with delicious flavor and it’s a fresh and natural beginning to any meal. I … More Tomato Basil Bruschetta »

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Kale, Spinach and Pesto Strata

Kale, Spinach and Pesto Strata Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 40 mins Cook time: 50 mins Total time: 1 hour 30 mins Serves: … More Kale, Spinach and Pesto Strata »

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Almond Cake

This Almond Cake recipe  has the very light, subtle taste of almond.  It’s fantastic with a dollop of whip cream, vanilla bean ice cream … More Almond Cake »

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Pistachio Encrusted Swai

We love serving fish for dinner in our house.  Here’s an easy recipe for a great tasting, mild white fish.  For a fantastic side, … More Pistachio Encrusted Swai »

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Shrimp Scampi Ridini

You can make this dish in under 20 minutes!   It’s so tasty!  The red pepper flakes (depending upon how “hot” you like your food), … More Shrimp Scampi Ridini »

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Pesto and Sundried Tomato Panini

I first had a panini, and Italian sandwich, when I visited Milan a number of years ago working at a film festival. Panini’s are … More Pesto and Sundried Tomato Panini »

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Avocado Ginger Ice Cream

I recently interviewed Main Course California Corporate Executive Chef Rachel Main in an article for Totally Local VC. Rachel shared an amazing recipe for … More Avocado Ginger Ice Cream »

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Flatbread Pizza

Do you LOVE pizza, but don’t like the calories or all the additives that go along with buying frozen or prepared pizzas?  Are you … More Flatbread Pizza »

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Limoncello Cake

For a scrumptious, simply delicious dessert.  This recipe is at the top of my list!  It’s easy-to-make using a store bought Angel Cake and/or … More Limoncello Cake »

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Pineapple Swai with Pecan Quinoa

As a working woman, wife and stepmom, conserving time is a constant cherished goal.   After a busy day at the office, I really … More Pineapple Swai with Pecan Quinoa »

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Tuna, Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

At our house, we love having tuna salad for lunch (and sometimes for a light dinner!).  This salad is delicious, tangy twist on the … More Tuna, Grapefruit & Avocado Salad »

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Chocolate Orange Cake

Years ago, I discovered the delicious flavor of chocolate and orange mixed together.  I was about to catch a flight from London Heathrow Airport … More Chocolate Orange Cake »

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French Toast Paradise

French Toast for breakfast made from Hawaiian sweetbread is one of the most delicious treats….in fact, it is mouthwatering wonderful.  My family enjoys this dish … More French Toast Paradise »

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Banana Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Start your day off with some wonderful ingredients from the tropics!  My Banana Pineapple Coconut Muffins are simply yummy to enjoy for breakfast with … More Banana Pineapple Coconut Muffins »

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Crispy Eggplant with Goat Cheese, Tomato & Basil Appetizer

This Crispy Eggplant appetizer is so elegant and delicious! Serve it as an appetizer before dinner or for lunch with my Simple Side Salad or … More Crispy Eggplant with Goat Cheese, Tomato & Basil Appetizer »

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Zucchini Squash Salad

Zucchini Squash Salad This is one of my favorite salads because the veggies are fresh, raw and oh so tender!  For a COMPLETE MEAL … More Zucchini Squash Salad »

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Classic Cheese Lasagne

Classic Cheese Lasagne Cuisine: Italian Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Ingredients 4 c. Maryann’s[url href=”https://maryannridinispencer.com/?p=2651″] Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce[/url] 1 onion, diced 5 cloves … More Classic Cheese Lasagne »

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Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce

Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Ingredients 1 onion, … More Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce »

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Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

My husband and I live on a citrus and avocado orchard.  Right now in May, we have so many gorgeous avocados, lemons and grapefruits … More Grapefruit and Avocado Salad »

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Banana Ice

Craving ice cream but want to eat something healthier? Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese.  … More Banana Ice »

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Pineapple Fruit Salad

While Hawaiian pineapples can be obtained year-round, their peak season is from March through June.  This delightful and refreshing pineapple fruit salad is a … More Pineapple Fruit Salad »

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Pineapple Applesauce Muffins

Growing up I loved to make my parents and siblings (4 brothers, 1 sister) breakfast.  On holidays, it was also a special treat for … More Pineapple Applesauce Muffins »

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Curry Cod with Quinoa

According to Wikipedia.org, quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds that contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities … More Curry Cod with Quinoa »

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Fish Tacos

When I’m craving comfort food – and I want something delicious, but that something that won’t  make me feel guilty,  I cook up this … More Fish Tacos »

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Rice Pudding Heaven

This dish is one of my favorite desserts! It’s creamy and sooo soothing.   I also love to serve it  topped with sliced bananas … More Rice Pudding Heaven »

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Simply Pesto

This Simply Pesto recipe, made with a few simple and organic ingredients is great whether you want to whip up something quick for dinner … More Simply Pesto »

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Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is a wonderful salad to with a meal and/or as an appetizer.  I sometimes enjoy this dish with a rustic roll for … More Caprese Salad »

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Lemon Shrimp Orzo

WATCH THE VIDEO – CLICK IMAGE BELOW! Lemon Shrimp Orzo Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 c. orzo pasta for 4 (cooked … More Lemon Shrimp Orzo »

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Gluten-Free Lemon Pasta

Gluten-Free Lemon Pasta Recipe Type: Pasta Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Serves: 4 Ingredients gluten-free brown rice pasta for 4 (cooked to package directions) 5 … More Gluten-Free Lemon Pasta »

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Homemade French Fries (Baked not Fried!)

French fries that you buy pre-packaged and/or at fast food restaurants are made with a lot of ingredients that aren’t very good for you.  … More Homemade French Fries (Baked not Fried!) »

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Simple Side Salad

This simple salad made with all fresh, natural and organic ingredients, goes great with fish, meat or chicken.  Also serve it with a sandwich … More Simple Side Salad »

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Skinny Pasta & Meatballs

I love pasta with meatballs.  However, sometimes I like to stay light with my dinner.  So instead of cooking up some pasta, I serve … More Skinny Pasta & Meatballs »

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Applesauce Bars

This “Applesauce Bars” recipe is a family favorite comfort food at holiday time (or any time!).  The cake texture combined with the delicious taste … More Applesauce Bars »

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Pineapple Coleslaw

This simply delicious “Pineapple Coleslaw” is light, tangy and good for you!  Serve it as a side dish for lunch with a tuna sandwich … More Pineapple Coleslaw »

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Whoopie Pies

Growing up, Whoopie Pies were always a favorite in my family’s dessert repertoire.  Here’s a great little twist – using healthy coconut oil instead … More Whoopie Pies »

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Dijon Pork Chops with Peaches

Dijon Pork Chops with Apples & Peaches Recipe Type: Entree Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: … More Dijon Pork Chops with Peaches »

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Cranblueberry Squares

Cranblueberry Squares When I was growing up, my Mom made a delicious dessert known as “Cranberry Squares” that our family just loved after a … More Cranblueberry Squares »

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Artichoke, Feta and Sundried Tomato Salad

  Artichoke, Feta and Sundried Tomato Salad Recipe Type: Pasta Salad Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 8 mins Total … More Artichoke, Feta and Sundried Tomato Salad »

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Chicken with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese

Chicken with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 8 mins Total time: 18 mins Serves: … More Chicken with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese »

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Taco Salad

Taco Salad Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients Chunky Guacamole recipe … More Taco Salad »

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Key Lime Coconut Goat Cheesecake

Key Lime Coconut Goat Cheesecake Recipe Type: Dessert Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins … More Key Lime Coconut Goat Cheesecake »

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Beet, Cashew and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet, Cashew and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe Type: Salad Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients … More Beet, Cashew and Goat Cheese Salad »

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Ridini Pasta Bolognese

Looking for a quick, delicious, low cost dinner? Try this recipe! Ridini Pasta Bolognese Recipe Type: Entree Cuisine: Italian Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep … More Ridini Pasta Bolognese »

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SDL TIPS: Heavenly Oatmeal!

  I recently visited my friend Emmy for a “power” brunch.   She made the most delicious oatmeal – rich, creamy, dreamy!  With strawberries and … More SDL TIPS: Heavenly Oatmeal! »

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Tomato, Basil & Cheese Pasta (or “Valentine’s Day Pasta”)

On Simply Delicious Living with Maryann, host Maryann Ridini-Spencer cooks up a delectable pasta dish setting the stage for the perfect amorè –filled Valentine’s … More Tomato, Basil & Cheese Pasta (or “Valentine’s Day Pasta”) »

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Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate never had so few calories! On Simply Delicious Living with Maryann, host Maryann Ridini Spencer, shares a decadent dessert that is sure to … More Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse »

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Potatoes au Gratin with an Asian Broccoli Side – For a “Meatless Meal”

Happy 2012!  I hope you made wonderful memories with your family and friends this holiday season.  Now post-holidays, if you’re like most people, often … More Potatoes au Gratin with an Asian Broccoli Side – For a “Meatless Meal” »

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Walnut Blue Salad

This delicious, tasty salad is a perfect compliment to any chicken, meat or fish dinner.   I make it with apples and/or pears.  You … More Walnut Blue Salad »

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Chocolate Rollups

Yummy Chocolate Rollups from SimplyDeliciousLiving.TV When I was growing up, my Mom taught me how to bake a variety of delicious pies.  After baking, … More Chocolate Rollups »

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French Toast To Die For

On Sunday mornings, I love having French Toast for breakfast.  Usually, I use wheat or rice bread.  However, I recently happened to have some … More French Toast To Die For »

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Mom’s Cranberry Squares

Growing up, one of the most-loved family desserts and snacks around our house was Mom’s Cranberry Squares.  A great dessert or snack, they are … More Mom’s Cranberry Squares »

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Pork Medallions with Apple, Dried Cranberries & Rosemary

Pork Medallions with Apple, Dried Cranberries & Rosemary Recipe Type: Dinner Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total … More Pork Medallions with Apple, Dried Cranberries & Rosemary »

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Baked Apple

Imagine this:  Walking into a kitchen and smelling the amazing aroma of apple baking in the oven combined with the scent of cinnamon. YUM! … More Baked Apple »

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Chunky Guacamole

This recipe is a family favorite.   It’s great for you too!  Avocados have a great source of the good fat (monounsaturated) and 60% … More Chunky Guacamole »

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Italian Scrambled Eggs and Rosemary potatoes

I had some left over rosemary potatoes and this morning I thought they would go great with some scrambled eggs.   The result, simply … More Italian Scrambled Eggs and Rosemary potatoes »

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Beet and Tangerine Summer Salad

Beet and Tangerine Summer Salad Cuisine: Salad Author: Chef Tim Kilcoyne Ingredients 2 c. beet green tops 1/4 c. fresh squeezed lemon Juice 1/3 … More Beet and Tangerine Summer Salad »

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Ravioli de la Mer

Ravioli de la Mer Recipe Type: Dinner Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: … More Ravioli de la Mer »

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“The Thrill of the Grill”

    by Maryann Ridini Spencer, Food Editor, Palm Springs Life With a little practice, you too can be a backyard-cooking master “Want to … More “The Thrill of the Grill” »

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Cool, Refreshing, Delicious!

“Cool, Refreshing, Delicious!” Three local chefs parlay local produce into creative summer salads by Maryann Ridini Spencer Vibrant colors. Tangy flavors. Crunchy textures. When … More Cool, Refreshing, Delicious! »

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Panko Tilapia

  Panko Tilapia (Encrusted with Italian Seasoned & Panko Crumbs) If you like Fish and Chips, you’ll love this easy recipe that’s a much … More Panko Tilapia »

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Citrus Chicken

Cooking chicken with fruits and herbs adds delicious flavor that can mix-up the humdrum chicken dinner.  Try this simple dish made with mandarin orange … More Citrus Chicken »

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Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

  Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Recipe Type: Salad Author: Chef Tim Kilcoyne Prep time: 45 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: … More Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese »

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Very Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Very Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe Type: Salad Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 25 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 35 … More Very Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette »

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Chunky Apple Delight

    “Chunky Apple Delight,” made with fresh, organic apples, nuts, spices, and a touch of Frangelico (or Amaretto), makes a fantastic all-natural dessert.  … More Chunky Apple Delight »

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Coconut Banana Supreme

“Coconut Banana Supreme” One of my favorite, quick and easy-to-make Yummy recipes is a dessert that I make with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil that … More Coconut Banana Supreme »

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Roasted Herb Veggies

This recipe for Roasted Herb Veggies combines some yummy veggies with russet potatoes and yams.  Remember, USDA Certified Organic foods are grown and processed … More Roasted Herb Veggies »

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Peanut Butter Chicken

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe Type: Dinner Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 35 mins Serves: 4 … More Peanut Butter Chicken »

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All Grownup Mac ‘N Cheese

When Scott and I go out with the kids, the children always want to choose the following from the menu items ONLY: Hamburgers Pizza Chicken … More All Grownup Mac ‘N Cheese »

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Skirt Steak with Roasted Beets and Blue Cheese Crumbles

Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Beets and Blue Cheese Crumbles Recipe Type: Dinner Author: Chef Tim Kilcoyne Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 … More Skirt Steak with Roasted Beets and Blue Cheese Crumbles »

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Lemon Coconut Bread (or Cake!)

Lemon Coconut Bread (or Cake!) Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 1 min Total time: 16 mins Serves: 10 Ingredients … More Lemon Coconut Bread (or Cake!) »

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Warm Spinach Salad with Egg, Rosemary Potatoes & Dijon Vinaigrette

This is a delicious salad to enjoy for lunch or dinner.  I like to use it when I have leftover Rosemary Potatoes.  If you’re … More Warm Spinach Salad with Egg, Rosemary Potatoes & Dijon Vinaigrette »

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Ravioli, Fresh Tarragon & Cream

Ravioli, Fresh Tarragon & Cream   Ravioli, Fresh Tarragon & Cream Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total … More Ravioli, Fresh Tarragon & Cream »

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Orange Honey Chicken

Orange Honey Chicken Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 50 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 4 Ingredients 4 boneless … More Orange Honey Chicken »

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Classic Quiche Lorraine

  Classic Quiche Lorraine Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 50 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 … More Classic Quiche Lorraine »

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Salmon Pepper Dijon

Photo by Jon Edwards Photography Salmon Pepper Dijon Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 14 mins Total time: 24 mins … More Salmon Pepper Dijon »

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Chocolate Mousse

Maxine’s Chocolate Mousse photographed by Jon Edwards Photography If you ever need a chocolate “fix” this is an amazing recipe that my friend, Maxine … More Chocolate Mousse »

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Lights, Camera, Beautiful Food! on Simply Delicious Living with Maryann

SNEAK PREVIEW OF A MARCH 2011 SIMPLY DELICIOUS LIVING SHOW! Recently Simply Delicious Living’s (SDL) Maryann Ridini Spencervisited the photography studio of Jon Edwards … More Lights, Camera, Beautiful Food! on Simply Delicious Living with Maryann »

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Italian Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves: … More Chicken Parmesan »

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Amorè Pizza

  Watch the segment and see Al Fredo, the singing teddy bear chef (courtesy of www.ChantillyLane.com),  serenade Maryann with “That’s Amorè!” Amorè Pizza Recipe … More Amorè Pizza »

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Gram’s Cornflake Chicken

Not to long ago,  my facialist was telling me about how much she loves fried chicken! (And that fried chicken doesn’t love her figure!). … More Gram’s Cornflake Chicken »

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How to Make Ratatouille

How to Make Ratatouille Recipe Type: Dinner Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 50 mins Serves: … More How to Make Ratatouille »

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Spinach & Tomato Pasta

Spinach and Tomato Pasta Recipe Type: Pasta Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: … More Spinach & Tomato Pasta »

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Foxy Potatoes (and Broccoli) Recipes

              Potatoes au Gratin Recipe Type: Potatoes Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 30 … More Foxy Potatoes (and Broccoli) Recipes »

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Antipasto Pasta

Antipasto Pasta Recipe Type: Pasta Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients … More Antipasto Pasta »

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Chicken Scallopini

Chicken Scallopini Recipe Type: Chicken Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients … More Chicken Scallopini »

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Tilapia Cakes

Tilapia Cakes Recipe Type: Fish Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 8 mins Total time: 23 mins Serves: 6 Ingredients … More Tilapia Cakes »

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Palm Springs Life, Dec. 10, “Fare with Flair” by Maryann Ridini Spencer Photos: Jon Edwards

  December 2010 Feature in Palm Springs Life Magazine Fare With Flair Chefs use color, texture, height, space, and shape to creat artful tableaux.  … More Palm Springs Life, Dec. 10, “Fare with Flair” by Maryann Ridini Spencer Photos: Jon Edwards »

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Chicken Cognac

Chicken Cognac Recipe Type: Chicken Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients … More Chicken Cognac »

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Pumpkin Aloha Cake

I LOVE pumpkin.  I’m always looking for new ways to use pumpkin in recipes.  This is a great dessert recipe that combines Thanksgiving pumpkin … More Pumpkin Aloha Cake »

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Green Beans with Italian Sausage

Hi Friends, Find out why Green Beans are some of my BFFs!   Watch the video! Green Beans with Italian Sausage Recipe Type: Vegetable Author: … More Green Beans with Italian Sausage »

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Sunny Baked Salmon

I have a long time family friend, Mrs. Demeo, to thank for this delicious, moist salmon recipe.  The secret in making the salmon tasty … More Sunny Baked Salmon »

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Dover Sole with Orange Juice

Dover Sole with Orange Juice Recipe Type: Fish Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 5-6 … More Dover Sole with Orange Juice »

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Chicken Salad with Cranberries & Almonds

Chicken Salad with Cranberries & Almonds Recipe Type: Salad Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 5 Ingredients … More Chicken Salad with Cranberries & Almonds »

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Egg, Sausage & Pepper Salad

Egg, Sausage & Pepper Salad Recipe Type: Salad Author: Maryann Ridini Spencer Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins … More Egg, Sausage & Pepper Salad »

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Emma’s Meatball’s

A little birdie told Maryann that Emma LOVES Emma’s Meatballs on the “Emma’s Meatballs” episode of “Simply Delicious  Living with Maryann! Stay tuned for … More Emma’s Meatball’s »

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Dad’s and Mom’s Tomato Pasta Sauce

    My Mom and Dad set a great example as parents, partners (to each other and married for 54 years!).   I love … More Dad’s and Mom’s Tomato Pasta Sauce »

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A Great Breakfast that tastes like Dessert!

Last summer when I went back East for a wonderful family reunion on the Cape, the first night in town, I stayed at my … More A Great Breakfast that tastes like Dessert! »

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Grandma Mary’s Stuffed Artichokes

Happy Sunday, Everyone! Growing up, Sundays were always a great time to share with the family. After church, our family (my Mom and Dad … More Grandma Mary’s Stuffed Artichokes »

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Goat Cheese Crostini

I love Sundays for so many reasons – you can take the time to kick back and read a book, watch a mindless movie, … More Goat Cheese Crostini »

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Penne a la Vodka

One of my favorite comfort foods is pasta (with or without meat) — Pasta plain with butter and shaved romano.  Pasta with a red, … More Penne a la Vodka »

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Salmon with Artichokes and Feta

Serves 2-4. Prep time: 5-10 minutes approx. Cooking time: 20-30 minutes approx. Wild Alaskan Salmon is so good for you! It’s rich in Omega … More Salmon with Artichokes and Feta »

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Cooking with Coconut Oil – Nature’s Tasty Miracle!

COOKING WITH EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL:  NATURE’S TASTY MIRACLE! Several years ago, I was visiting with a friend who made a delicious breakfast for … More Cooking with Coconut Oil – Nature’s Tasty Miracle! »

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