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Cookbook

THE WORLD ON MY PLATE

Cooking, for me, is more than food. It’s a celebration of people, stories, laughter, flavors and techniques from a collage of life’s excursions. For this reason, I wanted to compile some of My excursions with You, on a plate. Some of which I never had to leave home to capture.Before […]

Lifestyle

PLAY IN THE DIRT

Calling all rookie gardeners!! Not you, flower lovers, but those of us that want to eat what we might grow! Ever feel overwhelmed at the thought of planting something in your yard, pots on a deck, or try your hand at a kitchen window herb garden? Well, I did. If […]

Lifestyle

THE CAMERA EATS FIRST

Food Bloggers have become the world’s Food Aficionados. We are an entire Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Cook’s Illustrated, House and Garden, Eating Well and Food Network production company, all rolled into one. We create new recipes. We break down the process of preparing those recipes in easy to […]

Breakfast/Brunch

HOMEMADE GRANOLA

Weekday mornings can be so hectic that everyone leaves the home nutritionally unprepared for the day ahead of them! It doesn’t have to be that way if you are willing to give a little of your time on the weekends, (maybe twice a month) to make a healthful batch of […]

Main Dish

KOFTA

While competing on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, we were asked to prepare a meal that speaks of your family, something they typically like. Since I am from a Mediterranean heritage, (Syrian) lamb is always served when we have a family gathering. But, on GGG we have 30 minutes to […]

Main Dish

CRAB CAKES

No one visits the east coast of the United States, particularly Maryland, without remembering the best Crab Cake they’ve ever had! What I am about to share with you comes from a long line of Marylander’s rarely straying from this ingredient combination. While competing on Food Network’s Guys Grocery Games, […]

Desserts

ORANGE BLOSSOM OAT COOKIES

Cookies! Summer or Winter they are always a welcome dessert or afternoon treat with tea, coffee, or milk. What makes these cookies extra special is that they are light, airy, crisp. Yes, and they are gluten-free. Oat flour and powdered pecans are the unique ingredients here. Flavor? Ahhhhh my most favored […]

Drinks

WATERMELON COCKTAIL

WATERMELON! What is the most sought after fruit of the summer? Of course, it’s Watermelon. Cold, juicy, sweet, refreshing and plentiful. While making my favorite summer salad one day, Watermelon Feta Salad, I wanted to something equally delicious with all the scrapes left over after I pressed whimsical shapes out […]

Salads

WATERMELON & FETA SALAD

Did you know that salt makes sweets sweeter? As a kid, growing up, I had friends that use to put salt on fruit. Eew! That was my lasting memory of fruit with salt. Fast forward, and now it’s a thing well, maybe not exactly salt on fruit, but salty things mixed […]

Lifestyle

HOME COOKING: THE WORLD ON MY PLATE

THE KITCHEN! It feels good just to say it! Why? Well, for a gazillion different reasons. Memories are made there. Traditions are created and passed on from there. Our senses are stimulated there. It’a a gathering place. It’s a comfort place. Why? Because we COOK there! Home Cooking was always […]

Drinks

HOMEMADE LEMONADE

Homemade Lemonade is not just for summertime! I make a batch of this and keep it in my fridge often. It is perfect for cocktails, added to confection sugar for icing on a cake, warmed during sore-throat season, or simply drink it for a very refreshing cool drink! You can […]