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Learn Your Chocolate

  The Chocolate Lovers’ Guide and Tasting Journal is a non-fiction book combining the fundamentals of chocolate including types of chocolate, varieties of chocolate, storing chocolate, tasting chocolate and your impressions, and a place to record your chocolate’s history and tasting as well as saving your chocolate’s wrapper.  It is a device to record your … Read more

Oven-Roasted Acorn Squash Seeds

Acorn Squash and Spaghetti Squash have smaller seeds than the larger butternut squash and the more popular orange pumkins associated with this time of year. I love acorn squash seeds because the tiny and soft inner green seed is very tasty, however, they do require a bit of patience to prepare and eat these smaller-than-bite-size … Read more

Banana Blueberry Loaf

I’ve been testing this recipe for several years. It’s a favorite of my husband who requests it every time he opens the freezer to a plethora of frozen bananas I’ve stocked away for ‘that yogurt cake’ he likes so much. One lesson I’ve learned here is that it seems to turn out better when whisked … Read more

Sweet Grape Spread

If you don’t have time to jar all those end of summer fruits, try this recipe instead for a wonderful spread. It’s absolutely delicious on toast, croissants and even pancakes. There’s no pectin needed, no jarring or preserving necessary- just make it and use it up or share with friends, family & neighbors. They’ll be … Read more

Chocolate is Healthy…?

Yes! Chocolate is very healthy, according to author Annmarie Kostyk who recently published a book to that same end. The information below comes from a recent press release about Chocolate is Healthy!, a book I’m very excited to get a hold of…hopefully soon! Of course I’ll be all over the delectable recipes she’s offering in the … Read more

Baked Stuffed Peaches Topped with Mascarpone Cream

Traditionally made with cognac, I decided to try using white grape juice as a substitute ingredient in this baked fruit dessert. The result was nothing short of delectable. Even for those who avoid fruit as dessert, trust me. It’s worth a taste.

*Cooks tip: You’ll probably have plenty of leftover mascarpone cheese mixture from this recipe. Don’t let it go to waste– it is absolutely wonderful when dates, fresh figs or just about any other fruits are dipped into it…heavenly.

Peaches by alainap on www.sxc.huMascarpone cheese is an Italian cream cheese that is usually sweetened with sugar for desserts.

Recipe adapted from the book Mediterranean: A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna Farrow.

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How to Make Flavored Yogurt and Quick Smoothies

Do you ever get inspired to eat healthy, shop healthy and then just try to make everything possible from certain beautiful foods you find at the grocery store or market? Recently I just wanted to use the plethora of strawberries and blueberries I bought on a whim at Costco, and use up my tart plain homemade … Read more

Tomatillo Salsa (Green Tomato Salsa)

What a difference homemade salsa is from the store-bought counterparts. I recently made this salsa recipe for the first Halal Test Kitchen event where I was able to easily demonstrate the making of this recipe in under a few minutes. Everyone at the event was able to make their own tacos and top with this delicious green … Read more

Chocolate Faucets and French Pastry School

Few of us have ever experienced the sublimity of being near a fountain of flowing chocolate, never mind a kitchen faucet that brings forth silky milk chocolate at one’s disposal. Even fewer of us have the opportunity to work for a living with the most beloved baking ingredient in the world…chocolate.  If you’ve ever dreamed … Read more

5-Minute Frittata

This is the quickest oven-baked frittata to prepare. Normally I would add flour and milk to a dish like this, but on the day it was made, I was in such a hurry there was no time to think about accurately measuring the two. It resulted in one of the fluffiest and most delicious frittatas … Read more

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