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BABA GHANOUSH

The world, it seems, knows all about Hummus. In fact, the original recipe has been changed so much that I barely recognize it. But Baba Ghanoush? Well, that is a different story! Hummus has always been a simple mix of Chick Peas and Tahini. In today’s grocery stores and markets, […]

Tapas

STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES

Growing up in a Syrian American home, we often made Stuffed Grape Leaves with rice and ground lamb. The rice and lamb was uncooked, and so the stuffed grape leaves simmered in a pot of broth for an hour until all the ingredients cooked and all the luscious flavors married. […]

Desserts

APPLE WELLINGTON

  Apples are such a delightful asset to autumn! So many recipes rummage around in my taste buds, but for a little something special, and unique, I am going to create APPLE WELLINGTON! Using Our Homemade Crust, or any favorite pie crust, or store bought, the apples are peeled and […]

Main Dish

BEEF & GUINNESS OYSTER PIE

Mouthwatering tenderloins of beef, a dark rich Guinness Ale, raw oysters on the half shell, and a buttery puff pastry; is YOUR mouth watering yet?  On a visit to London, I dined at a delightful restaurant in which Oysters and Champagne are an everyday event: Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter […]

Desserts

PUMPKIN PIE

  Pumpkin Pie has become a classic American Autumn dessert. All those warm spices that fill the kitchen with aromas we have now come to think of as Autumn, have found their way into every candle, potpourri and house scent for the months that follow summer. Just for the fun […]

Desserts

HOT CHOCOLATE CUP CAKES

HOT… SWEET… CHOCOLATE!  What more is there to say, other than YUM!  This chocolate cake/cup-cake recipe is my all time favorite. It is moist, rich in flavor, and with the right amount of heat to be memorable. The addition of coffee adds a moistness from the oils in coffee while […]

Main Dish

GRILLED STUFFED SQUID

As a first-class cook, I am going to stick my neck out and say something I am sure to get chopped for, “The uneducated palate eats everything fried”! Squid, for example; nine times out of ten, people eat it fried. Why? Because options are rarely available. This recipe is sure […]

Desserts

BLUEBERRY PIE

  Fruit pies are my absolute favorite dessert! This Blueberry pie is delicious year round. When other fruits are in season, such as cherries, peaches, or figs, swap out in place of the blueberries using this recipe, and you are sure to impress your guests… as well as yourself! Makes […]

Bread

POLENTA MUFFINS

  A lazy week-end brunch in August. I can think of nothing I enjoy more than a European Brunch: Breads, Fruits, Tea or Coffee. Since it is late in August, corn is quite abundant here on the east coast. Some of the best polenta I have ever made, was made […]

Desserts

CORN ICE CREAM WITH PERNOD

  CORN, CORN, SWEET CORN! During the summer months, it seems that roadside stands for Sweet Corn are in every town across America. If corn is sweet, then why don’t we have more recipes for desserts made with corn? Well, we do now! The Corn Ice Cream recipe I have created […]