Month: December 2019

FAMILY REMNANTS

My niece, Lauren Upton, prepared this table. It’s her birthday party. Turning 29 on the 29th of the last days of 2019. She chose the theme for her birthday party, Middle Eastern. Why? because we are a proud remnant family of Safita Syria and everything we do and cook, when […]

A GRANDMOTHER’S CHRISTMAS

“Twas The Night Before Christmas”… The sweets are all dressed. The packages wrapped. The fire is burning the magic still untapped. The night will be long while Christmas will pass fast. Make a wish, give a kiss and let’s let these moments forever last! When I was in my twenties […]

GREEN BEAN BUNDLES

If ever there was an Impressive and Easy way to serve vegetables with an elegant, special occasion dinner, Green Bean Bundles are it! The work is done a day or two in advance, set aside in the fridge, ready to pop into the oven just five minutes before the meal […]

WINTER FRUIT PIE

A winter pie calls for something dark, heavy in flavor and of course, a splash of booze! I have just the pie for you. It has only a touch of guilt in it while the rest is lots of dried fruits, nuts and apples, Yum! While you can use a […]

CHRISTMAS CAKE: A WINTER WONDERLAND CENTERPIECE

Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Snow, Horse-drawn carriage fairytales bring a special magic to the holiday season. It brings out the little kid in all of us. And so, I couldn’t let the magic of this season pass without creating my very own Winter Wonderland Cakes, which are now the centerpiece for […]

FUN GIFT GIVING IDEA

If you are a Food Aficionado, Food Blogger or simply someone who loves to dog-ear good recipes, THIS is a fabulously fun way to give gifts. And please, don’t just limit this idea to holiday season. I love to give this gift all year long; birthdays, invitations to a dinner […]

CRANBERRY NUT BREAD

Cranberries. One of the misunderstand fruits of winter. There is an underlining, often unspoken rule of recipe creating; sweet, sour, salty, acidic and textured things mixed together, make for the most remembered dishes. Add to that, health benefits, and you’ve got the perfect one bite wonder! Cranberries, being quite sour, […]

T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE…

Laughter is my cheapest anti-aging secret! No matter the season or circumstances life throws my way (and trust me, my life has been a tennis court!), I always find something to lighten my spirit and inspire a good hard laugh! Family and close friends who know me can vouch for […]

CHOCOLATE NAUGHTY MUFFINS

What would you say if I told you, you could have ‘naughty’ and healthy all at the same time… Yep! That’s exactly what I thought!! Deep, dark, rich, earthy, healthy antioxidant raw cacao, sweetened with dates and molasses , fattened up with almond flour and a few eggs to hold […]

BEEF WELLINGTON

YES, this is a time consuming dish but I promise you, NOTHING tops Beef Wellington done this way! A real show stopper!! When my family gathers, it is not only special because they are the people I love most in this world, but because they are all Food Aficionados! Professional […]