Author Archives: Yvonne

Is it Possible to Reverse Diabetes without Prescription Medication?

lettuce or greens

I’m a huge fan of learning as much as possible about doing things naturally. Some would say that it’s simply not possibly to reverse serious illness or regenerate health or even our global ecosystem by natural {and healthy} means. I truly believe that if we seek, we shall find and that goes for all of the above situations. It’s been ... Read More »

Brunch: Poached Eggs & Salmon Over Vegetables & Greens

Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs Over Salad Greens

Last Saturday night, I watched a great documentary on how to reverse diabetes by going on a raw foods and vegan diet. I’m not a diabetic, alhamdullilah, I’m not a fan of veganism, and  I prefer to cook my food- however- I’m very open to the benefits of eating more and more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets and how to reverse ... Read More »

Turkish & Mediterranean Online Market Giveaway!

hamle tea and tea pot

When I lived closer to the city, I used to frequent Mediterranean and Middle Eastern grocery stores as a sport- it was the only type of shopping I was ever really interested in. Forget about shopping malls with glittery clothing stores, shoes and accessories; all I wanted to hunt down was a spice I’d never seen before, a good on-site ... Read More »

How to Cook Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice with a fork

 I’ve been making Basmati rice for many, many years although the first time I made it is a time I look back on and have to laugh just a bit. I had never seen rice other than white grain or wheat bran rice, let alone cooked with it. I found it a common rice, sometimes the only type of rice ... Read More »

Vegetarian Korma with Basmati Rice

cream in dish

I’ve been cooking with Saffron Road products for a long time now and I really do enjoy them. They actually spoil me- made with high quality ingredients, part of the non-GMO project, many of which are gluten-free, and they’re really, really good. For something that makes your life easier, it’s a relief to find something of such value. The most recent recipe ... Read More »

Printable Spice Labels

spice-labels-vertical-with-frame1

It’s always a good move to get things organized in the kitchen and what better time to do it than in the drudgery of winter? If you’re anything like me and love to collect odd shaped bottles and tins and containers of exotic spices and even the more commonly used ones, it can be nice but get messy quickly. Very ... Read More »

How to Reduce the Pungency of Red Onions

soaking onions in water

If you’re anything like me, you don’t mind onions in your salads or even sandwiches, in fact you actually like them very much. Problem is, they can be awfully pungent. I make lots of salads with red onions (there’s even a Sicilian orange and red onion salad that’s one of my absolute favorites), however, when I serve them I notice ... Read More »

Should You Only Use a Wooden Spoon to Make Tomato Sauce?

wood spoon for sauce

It may seem like a strange question, but for serious pasta lovers, or tomato sauce lovers, it’s taken pretty seriously.  Whether it’s just an old wives tale or not, there are many folks who say there is scientific truth to the fact that a metal spoon will impart a metallic taste to the sauce due to the acidity in the ... Read More »

On Being Half Sicilian

box of sicilian tomatoes

It’s so important to appreciate and respect our family roots, no matter how old we are or well-traveled or educated. One always comes full circle in when you’re able to understand at least a little something about our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond them. What where their struggles? What were their professions? How did they live, what did they eat? What ... Read More »

5 Inexpensive Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without This Winter

Olive Tree Soap Company Organic Argan Oil

We are all pretty well aware that this has been our coldest winter or record. Polar Vortex, ChiBeria, Snowmageddon, whatever you call it, it doesn’t look like we’ll be forgetting this one any time soon.  As we remain warm and comfortable (alhamdullilah) in our homes to ride out the cold wave, each time I look down to my red, dry ... Read More »