Tomatoes may not be summer-ready here in the Midwest, but there's no shortage of beautiful ones in the grocery store, perhaps coming in from California. I picked up some beautiful Roma variety, ripening them on the counter for several days before...
Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it'll help you get a satisfying meal on the table in no-time. Check out my list of where you can...
  Homemade Pizza. It's by far my #1 favorite food. Anything with cheese. Anything with bread. When you combine the two, you have my undivided attention. I grew up on my Sicilian grandmother's homemade pizza. With homemade sauce. She would make pizza on the...
One of my dearest friends now lives far away from me, across the country. We stay in touch when we can and pick up our conversations where we left off the last time. What's so wonderful about this friendship...
I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and since traveled to both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Jalisco area since those times, I've really experienced a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Each...
Everyone has some sort of comfort food. Some people love cakes for soothing comfort; others love chicken noodle soup or a hearty chili.  For me, it's always a sandwich (aka torta, in Spanish): thick bread, a bit of mayo and...
Are you tired of pumpkin from a can? I most certainly am. I know it's not the worst thing in the world, especially when there are some really good organic varieties out there, but I'd much rather have the...
It's amazing to think that a vegetable such as the butternut squash, so hard on the outside, can actually be broken into and puréed down to something as fine as a soup. subhanallah. Choose those with firm exteriors and...
This recipe was given to me by a dear college friend, a Malaysian woman smarter than just about anyone I know. I think she was engineering student by day and master chef by night. She's the one who introduced me...
At the end of every summer, it's easy to take the plethora of zucchini and other types of summer squash for granted. In my experience, people are trying to give it away because they have so much, and if...

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