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How Seattle spices up my life – #SpicingUpSeattle with KitchenBug

KitchenBug, an awesome new platform for collecting and sharing recipes, asked a few of us to share what the Seattle food scene means to us. You can find all of the great recipes and posts over on Twitter, using the hashtag #SpicingUpSeattle.   For me, Seattle food means exploring the world. I only live about […]

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Groupon Bite of Seattle 2014 – Come watch me in the Bite Cooks! Chef Cookoff!

Groupon’s Bite of Seattle is this coming weekend, July 18-20, 2014.     I’m very honored to be asked to be on the Bite Cooks! stage with host Thierry Rautureau in a Chef Cookoff, Sunday, July 20 from 2:00-3:00! See the full line up of Chef Cookoffs and demonstrations —>here.   I competed – and […]

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Mesa de Vida Mom’s Brunch – Monthly getaway for breakfast, cooking classes, nourishment, comaraderie & balance – served up with a mimosa!

Smith Brothers Farms Williams Sonoma Menus by Mesa de Vida Castillo de Feliciana Young Female Entrepreneurs Get away to enjoy some time having your body and soul nourished. Recharge Get pampered Gain some delicious inspiration! Filmed for the upcoming web series “At The Table with Chef Kirsten”!   You’ll leave with some new friends plus […]

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How to make lettuce last longer.

We eat a lot of salads at my house so I love to prep my lettuce ahead of time to make it more convenient to whip up a fresh and crispy salad.   I’ve tried many different ways of extending the life of my lettuce before it goes brown and limp, but this has been my […]

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The Cupcake. Healthified. Guest recipe for Bella Cupcake Couture

  I believe life is better with an occasional cupcake, don’t you? I believe in healthy, wholesome real food and indulging from time to time.   The problem with many cupcakes I’ve had is they are either ridiculously processed from a box mix, or just completely empty of any real nutrition. They are also usually […]

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Firecracker Kebabs Al Pastor Style – Recipe for the LifeWise Kitchens of Actively NW

You’re going to LOVE this recipe! I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to team up with the Actively Northwest powered by LifeWise team again! (You can find their post about my lifestyle change in their Health in Action series here.)   This time they shared my delicious recipe perfect for your 4th of July […]

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Final wrap up of the 12 week Go Red BetterU program.

I couldn’t be more proud right now!   The past 12 weeks I’ve been hanging out with an amazing group of women as facilitator of the Go Red BetterU program for the American Heart Association Puget Sound. It’s been an honor to do this for the second year in a row. Almost 50 women signed […]

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Host a summer cookout and help feed hungry kids!

What does hunger feel like? There are too many kids who know this pain and have nothing they can do about it.   Want to do something so simple yet helpful?   Host a Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry cookout in your backyard sometime this summer. I’m hosting my own too!   Ask friends/family […]

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Fabulous grilled salmon with a twist + Quinoa salad recipes inspired by my Tree Top getaway!

I was inspired to create this delicious recipe after spending an incredible weekend exploring local flavors with my friends from Tree Top. My friends Haley Shapley, Karie Engels, Hanan, Alexandra Hedin and I were invited for an incredible weekend with some of the Tree Top family. We explored local Seattle craft distilleries, had a stop […]

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Bring Life To (And Around) The Table. A little back story on why I named my brand Mesa de Vida…Table of Life

A little back story about why I named my business Mesa de Vida…Table of Life: Something magical happens around the table.   Newfound friends can become family. Sharing a meal, enjoying the aromas, flavors and sights of beautiful food that nourish the body and soul, together.   Raising a glass (or a cupcake) to celebrate […]

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