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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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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Saffron Milk & Date Pudding

A staple of the Middle East, dates have many values, much of which is health benefits.  Dates provide a wide range of essential nutrients, and are a very good source of dietary potassium. It’s important to remember that the sugar content of ripe dates is about 80%, so when I use dates in a recipe…

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Lentil Fritters

It’s the start of Lent and a time when many choose to give up a favorite food as penitence and a symbol of sacrifice. Christian’s will fast and pray during Lent, and in many parts of the world Ash Wednesday and beginning of Lent is kicked off with various festivities,  such as in Greece with…

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French Kiss Movie Night & Macarons

February’s Pick for A Fork & A Flick is French Kiss. French Kiss was filmed on location in Paris, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France, and Cannes. With some of the most photogenic cities on earth, and cinematography that makes love to the locations, this film is a charmer for Valentine’s Day. The film’s…

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Brown Butter Seared Potato Perogies

Last week we made Chinese Dumplings and I thought this week we could move to Eastern European Dumplings. Perogies are made by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking them in boiling water. These dumplings are popular in Slavic (Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Russian), Baltic (Latvian, Lithuanian) and other Eastern…

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Chinese New Year Dumplings – Jiaozi

Chinese New Year is ahead of us this weekend. The year of the rooster starts on Jan. 28th and all around the world, Chinese people are cleaning their houses, shopping for new clothes, and preparing for feasts. There’s much to take care of before it arrives, as the Chinese follow several traditions leading up to…

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