Though I'm not particularly a fan of candy, I do love anything with sesames seeds or honey. Additionally, it's a common traditonal sweet  in both Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine, two of my favorites. This recipe is my version, which is softer than...
With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA convention over 4th of July weekend, I had to come up with ways to use and preserve the goods. This lemon-lime granita is just...
This is such a quick summer dish. Use herbs that are ready for picking, which come perfectly paired with grilled chicken. You can use dried herbs for this dish, but the flavor will not be as intense as using the fresh...
The summer season is when I truly crave Insalata Caprese (Capri-style Tomato & Mozzarella Salad) this dish because it reminds me of being in Italy during the summer time. Hot, arid days in Sicily bring out the best in...
One of my favorite things about pie crust is that it's so versatile once you have some ideas of what to do with it. It' s a whole new tasting experience to try savory dishes using pie dough instead of just...
When you live in a big city like I do, it doesn't mean you always get a chance to see the touristy spots like visitors usually do. We are busy on weekends, working during the week and so most...
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while probably already know that I have a pure affinity for crème frâiche, or French style cream. If you haven't tried it before, I urge you to begin...
This is such a light pasta, perfect for warm early spring or summer days. Bring home fresh vegetables from the garden or farmer’s market and come hone to enjoy cooking a quick and easy meal. If you can’t find...
Sunday we took a trip out to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, just to capture the budding spring flowers on trees and, of course, the beautiful, colorful tulips. We also saw asparagus, which reminded me of my mom's recipe for...
  Many visitors to Manhattan miss out on the great opportunity to visit nearby Hoboken, NJ.  I have done the same on past trips to The Big Apple, but my most recent trip afforded me the great pleasure and impetus...

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