Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Chicken and Chocolate Sauce Alongside Saffron Rice

It’s Oscar weekend and this year will be the 90th Academy Awards.  In it’s honor, I’m going back to another iconic classic that won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Moon River,” and was also nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Actress for Hepburn, Best Adapted Screenplay, and…

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Chinese New Year Shrimp Fried Rice

It’s the Chinese New Year and the year of the dog.  The Year of the Dog is associated with the earthly branch element.  According to the Chinese horoscope, The Year of the Dog is a good time for lifestyle changes.  So, if you are planning to quit smoking or change some bad eating habits, this…

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Casablanca Movie Night Paired Alongside Shrimp & Mushroom with Spinach Couscous

This month I have selected Casablanca, not only because it is one of the greatest films in history and with the Oscar’s just a month away an Academy Award winning film deserves to be featured, but also because the iconic film is a romantic melodrama that is idyllic for the month of Valentine. Casablanca is…

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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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