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Season’s Best

Written by Yana Todorova

The spring fruit season in California’s Central Valley begins with strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and plums. Later, at the heart of the season, come the stone fruits...

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People Always Ask Me

Written by Yana Todorova

People often ask me: “How can you cook so often, eat so many delicious meals, enjoy desserts constantly, and still stay healthy and in a good shape?” 
Well, this article is part of my answer.

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The Don't List

Written by Yana Todorova

It’s difficult to imagine our lives without gatherings with family and friends, at least for me it is. These are the moments when we enhance our relationships, we start new friendships, and we try new foods prepared with care. In my opinion, the effort of entertaining is repaid many times...

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You'll Fall For This

Written by Yana Todorova

Harvest is the time of year when farmers collect the mature crops from their fields and also a time when we get to enjoy their bounty. Harvest festivals exist in almost every culture...

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Unleash the Sweetness

Written by Yana Todorova

With the weather at its warmest, we look for any reason to eat light. This time of year calls for simple, easy dishes like grilled meat, veggie-based side dishes, and cool desserts.

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Backyard Gourmet

Written by Yana Todorova

A creamy hummus for your vegetarian friends, great salmon canapés for the fish lovers, mighty juicy lamb mini-burgers for the meat aficionados, and scrumptious mini chocolate cheesecakes; these are easy and stress-free dishes that you can prepare in advance and relax at your own party!

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Off the Beaten Path

Written by Yana Todorova

We live in Kern County, where a variety of vegetables and fruits grow in abundance. Instead of eating the same food every day (which may become a little boring), we can try something off the beaten path every now and then...

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“No-Fuss” Gourmet

Written by Yana Todorova

During this time of year, with the holiday season behind us, it’s nice to unwind and relax in the evenings. There’s no denying that everyone is excited to come home after work and cook simple, homemade meals without a lot of fuss...

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A Passion for Flavor

Written by Yana Todorova

Welcome to my new column “Cuisine and Food of Bakersfield.” In this feature, I will share with you easy recipes, tips for entertaining, and how to use fresh and healthy foods, grown locally.

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Western Roundup

Written by Judy Bentivegna


Can you say “yee-haw?” Next time you have the gang over, treat them to a western-inspired hoedown. It’s easy on you and your budget, too. After all, it doesn’t cost a lot of coin to hang a weed out of your mouth. Or to walk around like you just got off a horse–kind of spraddle legged. Ready? Well, let’s get goin’ pardner!

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