Basil Herb Couscous with Carrot Curry Shrimp Stew

Couscous is a staple food throughout North Africa or the Maghreb, which is historically known as the Barbary Coast or Barbary States, the region including the Atlas Mountains and the coastal plains of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, Mauritania and Libya and to a lesser extent in Sicily.  This Maghrebi dish of small steamed balls…

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The Book Of Life – Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Back in 2014 we got a glimpse of Mexican culture and Dia De Los Muertos in a film, “The Book of Life”.  With “The Book of Life 2” scheduled to release next year and another seemingly cute look at the ethos of Dia De Los Muertos with the upcoming Fall release of “Coco”, I thought…

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Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa Shrimp Cocktail

October is a strange time of the year.  You have a little spook in the air as the winds blow in phantasm pushing out warm air and beckoning the chills.  It’s also a time for Indian summers when the hopes of cooler atmosphere are dampened by a few more heated days. At times like this,…

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Fall Into Harvest At The Restaurant At Leoness Cellars

With the arrival of fall we also basque in autumn fruits of the heavens and the gift of Dionysus himself.  It’s time to harvest grapes in the vineyards with grand festivals and celebratory grape stomps.  Napa is the most famous for its wineries and grape harvest festivals alongside its renowned restaurants by legendary chefs.  Down…

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Keeping The Balance During Autumn Equinox With Pomegranate Posset

Fall is knocking on our doors.  It’s the Fall Equinox, when the earth will experience equal hours of day and night.  This first day of Autumn promises us cooler temperatures, perhaps rain, and shorter days.  This rhythm of Mother Nature calls on us to embrace the coming darkness and introspect within ourselves to nourish our…

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Chocolate Chip & Walnut Crusted Banana Bread

Fall is around the time when I start doing more baking.  And as the first day of Autumn – The Fall Equinox – arrives this Friday, I look forward to a weekend of festivities.  Some baked goods are perfect to nourish every person’s senses.  I’m baking some traditional Banana Bread that can be easily passed…

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Five Grape Recipes Inspired By The Autumn Harvest

The end of summer is one of the best times to visit wine country.  Not only because it starts to slightly cool down, but also because the grapes are ripe and it’s busting with activity.  The valleys in wine country come alive for the grape harvest. In the great California wine region of Napa harvesting…

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