Southwestern Salmon Salad on Avocado

I know that the Easter table usually involves some kind of lamb or roast, but Easter arrives in the Spring when most people like it down to light and airy Sunday brunch.  My recipe today is more for that Sunday brunch, or afternoon lunch/tea.  The Southwestern Salmon Salad on Avocado can be served any time…

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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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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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Asparagus & Brie With Pasta

Have you tried the Trader Joe’s or shall I say Trader Jaques Shells with Brie and Asparagus?   The pre-made dish can be found in the frozen section displayed in a country style ramekin with a handle and boasting that it is “sinfully rich and worth every bite.”  To be honest, I found it to be…

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Pan Roasted Yellow Curry Salmon

Summer time is when we eat lighter and seafood becomes a larger part of our summer meals.  This summer, I’m making a commitment to cooking more fish.  I’m not a big fish eater, but I do enjoy salmon when cooked well.  I prefer my salmon smoked and on bagels, but if I encounter an interesting…

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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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