Halloween Spider Donuts

Have you been to your local donuts shop lately. They seem to come up with these themed donuts for every holiday.  Dunkin Donuts rolled out their lineup for Halloween, which is a spider donut.  These are some creepy looking donuts with bright orange bulging eyes popping out from the spider. I came up with a…

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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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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are not just a treat for Christmas, but a delight all year round.  Many of us like to gift these delicious cookies during the holidays mainly because they are easy to make and have a little extra touch with the art of our own thumbprints. However, I love these cookies any day…

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American Pie – Cherry Pie

When most Americans think about the 4th of July they congruently think about BBQ’s.  What about dessert?  I think Cherry Pie is the vintage American treat.  Traditionally eaten in midsummer with the harvest of cherries in North America, the culture of Cherry Pie perfectly coincides with America’s Independence Day on July 4th.  With that comes…

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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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