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About: Laura Basher

Laura Bashar, a.k.a. Family Spice, writes about food and her life as a wife and mom of three living in San Diego, California. Laura shares recipes using fresh ingredients from all over the world, but especially likes to feature her Persian heritage, both in recipes and traditions. She is also a certified olive oil taster and her award-winning cookbook, Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil, demystifies extra virgin olive oil.

Recent Posts by Laura Basher

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is around the corner, I can totally relish the fact that fall is in full bloom. Here in San Diego, it doesn’t cool off and feel like autumn until November. We still haven’t given up our flip flops, but we just wear them AND our sweaters!

This is also the time of the year where I make homemade pumpkin purée. I always have a stash of pumpkin goodness in the freezer. I like to sneak pumpkin into everything I make: soups, chili, and even pancakes!

My pumpkin spice mug cake only needs 2 tablespoons of pumpkin purée. A mug cake is a super easy and quick way to enjoy a warm and fluffy cake in

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Raspberry Almond Olive Oil Scones

Another summer vacation has come and gone. No more sleeping in, lazy mornings, or staying in pajamas ’til noon. And not just for the kids, but for me, too! With school back on the horizon, I am quietly bracing myself for the morning rush, the crazy carpool schedules, and the homework battles. But, at the same time, I am excited for my baby who is now entering middle school, my middle child who will rule the school as an 8th grader, and my eldest who is ready to hunker down with his sophomore year in high school.

It’s going to be a great year!

Back-to-school also means meal prep, and not just lunch boxes. There’s getting dinner ready among the chaos of after school

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Mirza Ghassemi (Persian Eggs with Eggplant, Turmeric, and Tomatoes)

I spend a lot of time learning as much as I can about my Persian background. You see, my mother is Iranian and my father is American and I have lived most of my life in the U.S.  And since I married an Iranian, well, I have a lot to learn.

Persian food and Persian culture, the real Persian culture without religion mixed in, is quite extraordinary and beautiful. Both include vibrant colors and robust flavors. We love our herbs and our dishes are not heavily spiced or spicy like other cultures. Everything melds together to create a very flavorful dish.

Stews, basmati rice, and kabobs—we have quite a variety of meals to share with the world.  I enjoy discovering

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