The last ten days of Ramadan are upon us and it's a special time for Muslims to really try as hard as possible to dedicate a good amount of time (especially in the night hours) to prayer, spiritual reflection,...
  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...
Appetizer aren't just for entertaining guests. I've come to learn that keeping homemade appetizers around my house is a great way to eat healthy by avoiding eating outside, eating junk food or not eating until one is ravished with...
This summer weather in Turkey reminds me exactly of my two summers spent in Sicily in the mid 90's. Very hot. Very dry. Limited A/C, if any...and the smell of homemade cooking in every neighborhood. Those smells give you a great...
One of the best things about large squash such as pumpkin is that since they have a long shelf life, you can decorate your home with them (I personally prefer the real thing to any plastic decor) and still...
I’ve grown up making tuna fish sandwiches all my life. In fact, it was probably the first kind I ever made for myself during my latch-key kid days of the late 80’s and early 90’s. I tried to get...
This sauce is a delicious classic with subtle, yet flavorful additions that pair beautifully with the thickness of fettuccine style pasta, although any pasta noodle would be just fine. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 cups whole milk 1 large bay leaf, crushed 1/8 tsp. salt,...
Spinach is that quintessential health food. We know it's good for us, but how often do we really eat it fresh and lightly cooked? With numerous health scares related to tainted spinach, it's a food many people are often weary...
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...
A while ago I posted images of this recipe for Lemon Tiramisu, a twist on my Classic Tiramisu recipe, over on my Instagram account when I was preparing it for my monthly cooking classes at the UMMA Center. I don't...

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