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Bread, Lifestyle

EASTER BREAD

Since I was a young teen, I have made this bread every year for Easter. Why? TRADITION! Roasting whole lamb on an outside spit with groups of family willing to rotate basting, while laughing and drinking throughout the night. Red (only) eggs dyed with a concentrated powder as dark as […]

Salads

STRAWBERRY SALAD

Strawberry season is finally here and I will indulge, once again, in a favorite salad that marries the beautiful sweet and savory flavors on one plate! Can you believe I planned for this way back in February, when I planted some lettuce seeds in a few indoor pots? AND THEY […]

Appetizers/Light Fare

PEA & SHRIMP WONTON CUPS

Small Plates, are my most favorite way to dine. Why? Because the options are endless and rather than make one choice for your plate, you have have lots and lots of plates to try so many yummy foods! Pea & Shrimp Wonton Cups are about the easiest and most attractive […]

Main Dish

SEARED SCALLOPS & PEA PESTO

Light, healthy eating is what I am about all spring and summer long. This dish is one you will hunger for at least once a week! There are three components to this decadent flavorful and colorful dish: Beurre Blanc Seared Scallops Pea Pesto – Recipe here This recipe can accommodate […]

Appetizers/Light Fare

PEA PESTO CROSTINI

Whether appetizer, tapas, or cocktail goodies are what you’re after; or simply something yummy to spread on, or between bread for a healthy lunch, to-go meal, or after school snack, my Pea Pesto Crostini, served warm or cold, is one of the healthiest, most colorful solutions to your quest. Move […]

Sauces & Spices

PEA PESTO

Spring! Life! Green!!! Peas are one of the first seeds I plant indoors, in the dead of winter, and the first to burst with their offerings to my table in late spring. Since it is now spring, I won’t entice you with all my favorite cold weather dishes that get […]

Desserts

HONEY CAKES

Oh, how we take for granted the gift offering of the Honey Bee. Growing up in a Syrian American home, nearly all our desserts were made with honey; sweet, sticky, golden, yummy HONEY! For me, there are only two flavors that enhance the flavor of honey like nothing else: Lemons […]

Sauces & Spices

SWEET & SOUR MANGO SAUCE

While there are soooooo many dishes a great sweet and sour sauce are good on, nothing beats this homemade Sweet & Sour Mango Sauce on kabobs! Chicken kabobs, fish kabobs or veggie kabobs, this sauce will make your guests think a professional chef prepared it! If you have fresh mangos, […]

Tapas

FINGER FOOD

Whether it’s out on your patio or nuzzled fireside, an evening meal of Finger Food can be most enjoyable! Like many Tapas spreads, they can be carefully planned or simply rummage around in your fridge and pantry to pull together a delicious spread of dishes that will look and taste […]

Desserts

ORANGE CAKE

ORANGES. Can you imagine a cake using Whole Oranges and only 5 ingredients! Spring is in the air and I wanted something bright and refreshing in flavor, gluten-free (without using any of those gluten-free flours), and healthy-ish. This cake is simply all the above andĀ amazing! Ingredients 10 inch cake Oranges […]