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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 and amazing! Ingredients 10 inch cake Oranges […]

Sauces & Spices

YOGURT

Homemade Yogurt. Have you ever made it? Since I was a little girl we made yogurt at home, no fancy pots, or kits. A simple, old-fashioned, tried and true procedure that made beautifully thick yogurt ever time, until about 10 years ago. The trick to making yogurt is to have […]

Tapas

BLINI & CAVIAR

Dining at home is my favorite way to celebrate a great meal with friends and family! Decadent appetizers are a fabulous way to start the evening. The blini (mini crepes), will keep for several days in the fridge, which makes assembling these little beauties minutes before serving, all the  more […]

Lifestyle

60 IS THE NEW 40!

Life zips by fast and suddenly you’re 60… It doesn’t have to be! Cooking, for me, is about more than just food. It’s about the people, the stories, the laughter that happen over a great plate of food, in alluring settings. While I have over 300 YouTube cooking videos (I […]

Bread

HEALTHY QUICK BREAD

I am both a tea drinker and a coffee drinker! Green tea helps me think, while the coffee helps me to move into action and accomplish what I thought about! When I was in my twenties, I could drink either tea or coffee on an empty stomach without my tummy fighting […]

Desserts

CREME BRULEE

Chefs, as with all artists, are inspired by some of the most peculiar things. I like to call this creation: Winter Forest Creme Brûlée! Starbucks. I walked into a Starbucks shop the other day and a strange, weird new drink caught my eye. Juniper, sage, latte with a sprinkle of […]