Shawarma Torta for Ramadan

It’s the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. It is a month-long period when self-restraint and self-reflection is practiced and Muslims fast with no food or drink from sunrise to sunset. For Muslims, fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who…

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Flower Sugar Cookies

I noticed last Wednesday that florists had already set out their surge of flowers around SoCal (I was doing quite a bit of driving last week).  I thought it was a bit early, since the flowers would not remain fresh up to Sunday, however people have their reasons for starting celebrations early.  Then, it occurred…

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Beauty and the Beast Inspired Three Cheese Soufflé & Lemon Thyme Green Tea

It’s rare that I feature a film currently showing in theaters, however, the 2017 live action version of the original Disney animated Beauty and the Beast is one of those charming films that I couldn’t resist doing. It takes me back to my childhood days when I watched it repeatedly on video and I’m sort…

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5 Great Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday. When all the world becomes Irish and we are surrounded by green hues. Whether you are Irish or not, in the United States almost everyone gets into the Irish sprit. Streets are full of parades and bars become Irish pubs. There is a lot of rowdy fun on this…

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Heart Waffles with Cranberry Maple Syrup

Heart shaped waffles are a Scandinavian tradition topped with berries. I’ve given this ritual an American touch with Cranberry Maple Syrup for Valentine’s Day. A Norwegian heart shaped waffle iron would be ideal to make these waffles, but an American waffle maker will do for those of us who don’t have access to one. You…

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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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