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Recipes for specific seasons of the year to encourage cooking with what's ripe and ready!

I love really light meals in Ramadan and much of the time those involve fish and seafood. What's great about this particular dish is that you can actually use frozen shrimp or fish an let it defrost and cook...
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...

Spring Greens 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...

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...
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...

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...
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...
You might notice that I love the combination of spinach and strawberries, but it's because it's a really great one. I know in a drink (like this one) it might be odd, but in a salad it could be...
 I've wanted to share this recipe for a long time, and I'm not sure what took me so long other than the fact that this tea is usually made when I feel a sickness coming on, like a cold...

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...

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