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10 Uses for Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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We see pumpkins everywhere right now, don’t we? And they come in all shapes and sizes and even colors (i.e. orange, green, light beige). They’re kind of intimidating when you look at them. Hard, rounded but not perfectly round. Many have ridges that make them hard to cut, too. Forget about using a small knife, too- you need a chef’s ... Read More »

Quick Tip on How to Make a Great Frittata

Add butter to the batter

Yes, it’s true. Butter does make everythign better. Of course, in moderation, and when you use the real thing. Add butter to the batter of any of your favorite frittata or omelette recipes and you’ll be amazed at how easily the egg batter cooks on the stove top or in the oven, without needing additional fat or oil to cook ... Read More »

Got Leftovers from Eid? Freeze These Things Now.

cooking with seasonal produce

I know some people are particular are about leftovers and prefer only freshly-made food, but let’s get a reality check. That doesn’t work for most people who need to get back to work and get on with everyday life and don’t have the time or energy to continue the charade of menu planning, shopping and cooking- especially after hosting a ... Read More »

Chickpea and Cilantro Salad

chickpea and cilantro salad

Many of you have asked about the recipe for this dish that I served over the weekend, so I’ll give it to you simply- because it’s one of the easiest dishes to make, and super simple and healthy. Enjoy! Chickpea & Cilantro SaladBy Yvonne Published: October 17, 2013Yield: 12 ServingsPrep: 10 minsQuick, easy, fresh- isn't that what you like to ... Read More »

Eid on the Farm with Whole Earth Meats

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Please join me this Saturday, October 19 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin as I perform a LIVE cooking demo for a spectacular and unique event organized by Whole Earth Meats, a Chicago-based artisanal meat company who provides fresh organic meats. Those who attend will learn more about how dhabiha halal beef, lamb and goat are raised and brought to the table- ... Read More »

Happy Eid ul Adha!

Irish Crystal Beverage Dispenser

Eid Mubarak to everyone who observes the occasion! How have you celebrated? For those of you who wondered where I got my Irish (Shannon) crystal drink dispenser, which was quite popular on my Facebook page, you can search for it at your local Costco store or online at Amazon.com. Read More »

Fig & Apple Panini with Melted Cheese + a Side Salad with Creamy Date Vinaigrette

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By now, you might know that Fall is my absolute favorite season- for everything, but mostly for three very specific things: to wear comfy sweaters and jeans, to take walks or drives to admire the changing Autumn leaves and to visit  farmers markets for the gorgeous late harvest produce. I’m not a fan of the heat or humidity, which is ... Read More »

When to Add Salt In the Cooking Process

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Did you know that it’s super important to salt food during the cooking process and not afterwards or near the end (except in the rare case of making a nice juicy steak)? The reason is that if you salt early on in the process, it brings out the flavor in the ingredients, but if you do it too late it simply makes ... Read More »

How to Get a Moist Whole Chicken

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If you’re afraid to roast a whole chicken, it may not be your fault. No one ever told you that butter was a beautiful thing, under the skin of chicken. You just can’t be afraid to pull up that chicken skin and push in the pats of butter, all the way through to the legs and thighs and breast of ... Read More »

Creamy Fusilli Pasta with Swiss Chard and Chicken

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I have the most convenient times for food cravings. Right now our kitchen is completely unusable while it’s under construction. The stove is off the gas line, the sink is not even anywhere in the kitchen but resides in the middle of our living room hanging out and waiting for the demolition to be over and the re-building to begin ... Read More »