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Kitchen Shrink: Exotic nutmeg: It can be so naughty … and so nice!

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Nothing rings in the holiday season like a sprinkling of fresh grated nutmeg in a frothy glass of eggnog, in a gingerbread cake, in an apple strudel or in a pumpkin tort. Nutmeg has been coveted since antiquity for its enchanting properties, making it the object of a grizzly and greedy tug-of-war. Here’s the vice and the nice on this captivating spice.

Popular Carmel Valley Swirls to offer unique holiday flavors

Carmel Valley Swirls owner Evan Wilensky.  Photo/Karen Billing

The holidays are coming and so are the holiday flavors at Carmel Valley Swirls

No meal over 475 calories is the premise of local chef’s new UTC restaurant

Seasons 52 to open on Nov. 19 in UTC

Dining hot spots go head to head in Chili Challenge

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The Chili & Quackers Challenge was packed with families, face painted kids and chili tasting enthusiasts

Video feature: Food trucks roll into Del Mar, Solana Beach for regular events

Marcko Pavlinovic’s Cooking Channel-featured truck, Mangia Mangia, comes to Del Mar on Wednesdays.

On Oct. 17, both Del Mar and Solana Beach experienced an invasion of food trucks — and they’re here to stay.

Food trucks roll into Del Mar, Solana Beach for regular events

Marcko Pavlinovic’s Cooking Channel-featured truck, Mangia Mangia, comes to Del Mar on Wednesdays.

On Oct. 17, both Del Mar and Solana Beach experienced an invasion of food trucks — and they might be here to stay.

Kitschy cocktails salute Halloween and a decade of Kitchen Shrinking

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This week marks my 10th anniversary as your Kitchen Shrink. How fitting to celebrate with Halloween’s good and plenty offerings of sassy spirits.

Shimbashi Izakaya introduces ‘Dumpling Making Class’ Oct. 21

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a Japanese restaurant in Del Mar with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, has introduced a dumpling (Gyoza) making class

‘Food Truck Night’ to be held Oct. 17 on Cedros

Studio Penny Lane, a “Mindful Market Place,” will host Solana Beach’s first Food Truck Night at The Village on Cedros

Kitchen Shrink: Tips and tricks of the culinary trade

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Inquisitive readers frequently ask me assorted questions on how to prevent culinary disasters, perform gustatory damage control or make their lives in the kitchen healthier, easier and less painful. Thanks for asking; now here are your answers:

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  • Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club to present second ‘Taste of Rancho Santa Fe’
    The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club continues to live up to the motto, “Service Above Self,” and invites you to partner with the Rotary Club at the 2nd Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe on Oct. 12. Guests of the event, to be held from 4-7 p.m., will have an opportunity to stroll through the historic and iconic grounds of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe while sampling f […]
  • Melodrama to open at Village Church Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe
    As part of the Rancho Days celebration in Rancho Santa Fe, “The Saga of Sagebrush Sal, A Comedy Western Melodrama” is set to open Oct. 5 at the Village Church Community Theater. In this old-fashioned comic melodrama, Sagebrush Sal decides to take over the busiest establishment in town, The Bloody Turnip Saloon, which is owned by Jake the Snake. The audience […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society acquires Covenant founder’s ledger
    The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has acquired the ledger of Barton Millard, which dates back to the 1920s, and will unveil it at Coffee On The Patio Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at La Flecha House. Millard was a founding member of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, co-wrote the initial CC&Bs, and served four terms as its president. Millard’s gra […]