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Desserts

PISTACHIO PASTRY

Arabic pastries are about the healthiest sweets you will ever eat! Nuts, honey, dried fruits encased in a crunchy golden pastry shell as thin as paper. Yum! A variety of ingredients can be used, and a variety of ways to assemble, but in the end they are always inviting. Ingredients makes […]

Bread

HOMEMADE CRACKERS

A beautiful cocktail Charcuterie, whether sizable for a party, or a single board for lunch, calls for equally beautiful artisan crackers! I never skimp on the quality of cheeses and meats I use for my serving boards. I also give thought to the types of dips I might serve. So, […]

Desserts

LEMON CURD TARTS

I am a Yellow, Orange, and Green kinda gal. These colors capture my attention and inspire me. When the greys of winter set in and there is no green on the trees, and very little sunshine lighting my day, I find my solace in these colors.  Citrus fruits satisfy my […]

Main Dish

KIBBEH – Stuffed Lamb Meatballs

  Did you know that nearly every cuisine around the world has some type of meatball? Well, in Syria and Lebanon the traditional meatball is KIBBEH.  The common thread between most meatballs is that they have some sort of  grain, or filler in them. What I love about Kibbeh is […]

Desserts, Holidays/Celebrations

PIZZELLE COOKIES

Sights, sounds, smells, and tastes; the holidays are rich with the memories of these. Pizzelles, for my family, are a holiday cookie requested each and every year. These beautiful large snowflakes fill the aroma of the kitchen with anise seed as they sizzle between the pizzelle press. An Italian cookie, […]

Lifestyle, Main Dish

CHRISTMAS GOOSE

Nothing says “Holiday Feast” quite like a Goose! It’s succulent, dark, flavorful meat makes it a prize hunt for the holidays. While I have never cooked a goose before, I was curious to see if roasting it the way I would roast any large piece of meat would prove noteworthy. It […]

Desserts, Lifestyle

ENGLISH CHRISTMAS PUDDING

  Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol, I believe was the first and only time I had encountered The Christmas Pudding. Now, married to a British Gentleman, I accepted the challenge to – Recreate The Christmas Pudding. Traditions are like that. Particularly at holiday time, we reach deep into our memories […]

Appetizers/Light Fare, Tapas

BRIE IN PASTRY

There always seems to be a little left-over pie dough when I make pies. These delicious pie crust scraps make for the perfect appetizers. Use them the same day as they were prepared, or flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and freeze until needed. When cocktail time demands a […]

Desserts

SESAME CUSTARD PIE

Who dreams about recipes? Hah! Maybe only kooky artists like me. Well, last night I envisioned a delicious custard pie, flavored with tahini, which of course is simply a sesame seed paste. So… why not put sesame seed flour in the crust too? I grew up eating a dessert called […]

Desserts

LINZER COOKIES

  A favorite family Christmas Cookie has long been the Linzer Cookie. Why? I think because it’s appearance and flavors encompass Christmas colors and flavors better than any other cookie I make. Linzer Cookies were first derived from Austria, with almond meal in the cookie dough and raspberry or current […]