Last month when I was back home in Ohio for a visit, I was able to catch up with family I haven't seen in too long.  I chat them up about the latest happenings in my life, much of which...
Everyone wants snacks, even without celebration days, right?  I'm not a big snacker on a daily basis, but I do like them when I'm at a party, mainly when it takes a little extra time to wait for the...
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...
I love a good party dip- and a good party! No matter where you are in the world, it seems, you need a good snack/appetizer/pre-meal munchie to go with the food and warm up the guests as they arrive....
I don't know what it is about winter and salmon but it seems like every cold season I start to crave that flavor of fresh Alaskan Sockeye in parchment with dill and butter or those great smoked Norwegian salmon pieces...
One of the most wonderful things I see on Iftar tables is an abundance of fruit. I respect the person who spends a lot of time chopping up a ton of fruit for their guests, but it can be a...
I'm usually pretty good about not eating too late at night, especially heavy foods. Otherwise I have to get out some sort of vinegar in my pantry and chuck it quickly before the heartburn sets in... I posted this picture...
Snacks are so popular in America, and for good reason. Who doesn't love something crunch, salty, even spicy any time of day? We work long hours, get hungry, don't have a lot of time for complete meals, etc. etc....
Pine nuts, often referred to as pignole (Italian) in the culinary world, are a beautiful addition to so many of my favorite recipes. Pine nuts are the seed from pine cones of the pinyon tree or stone pine, which produce...
I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified...

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