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Pine Nut, Honey & Strawberry Dish

When I went to Sicily in 1993, it was the first time I really ever experienced fruit as the main ingredient- and sometimes the only ingredient- in a dessert. At first I was waiting around for the real dessert to please show up and perhaps this was just one of many courses at the end of the … Read more

Spring Green Soup

Nothing says Spring in the culinary world like fresh green produce, although not all of it from this recipe has been grown right in our backyards here in the Midwest. I just love to make a lot of soups when the weather is on the cusp of cold, wet and rainy and just a little … Read more

Winter Citrus & Walnut Salad

On a whim, I recently made a winter salad because the citrus was just so delicious and ripe that I was actually really craving it. I posted a photo on my Instagram page and it was so well-received I thought I better put it up on the website, too. I hope you enjoy it- it’s … Read more

Creamy Potato Soup

Ever since Ramadan, I’ve been in the habit of making soups with whatever is growing and seasonal. Last year I grew potatoes in pots and it was going great until the potatoes really began to grow underneath (the greens had already come out beautifully on top) and the squirrels realized there was something to be … Read more

Greek Salad

I grew up enjoying Greek food. I have a cousin who I’m very close to and is half Greek. I grew up with the family connection to her grandparents and family so I was exposed to a variety of foods coming from Greece. My parents also loved to go out to the local International Festival … Read more

Pan Roasted Lamb and Potatoes

Each Spring I wait with anticipation to make my favorite lamb dishes. I’m not sure why I don’t crave it as much in the Winter season, but I think it has to do with the perfect pairing lamb makes with fresh herbs, garlic, potatoes and carrots. What’s nice is that combination can go on to … Read more

Insalata Caprese

Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy…at least I don’t deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and of course the best fresh mozzarella around. It’s such a treat and takes away some of … Read more

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I can’t remember the last time we had mashed potatoes from a box. Just the thought of it brings to mind the empty feeling I get from any foods that are simply a semblance of real food. I know it’s convenient, economical and sometimes the only option for people, but perhaps if we looked to … Read more

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