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...
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...
One of my favorite summertime recipes is for Buffalo Wings. The first time I ever had them was way back in college- it was the late night food of choice with friends- we didn't have a care in the...
Ramadan + summer= a great time for fresh and delicious fruit salads. Believe it or not, there is a way to make fruits salads even better, particularly when they're part of the Iftar (breaking of the fast) part of...
My love of eating chicken wings began in college when I really got a taste of how wonderful they were- mild, hot and spicy and always with some sort of creamy dip and a side of fries. It's the...
This Ramadan recipe comes to us from Lubna Karim, the India-based and very talented food blogger and photographer of  Kitchen Flavours. Make them for Eid, too, or simply any time of year... After many years I am at mom’s place...
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...
I used to do a lot of traveling in the winter months- short escapes to warmer climates like anywhere in Florida or south of the border to Mexico.  Coming from the Midwest, I was indeed a  young snow bird...
While Ramadan could begin tonight, I am beginning to think about one of my favorite times of the month- the breaking of the first fast. What will we have to savor the moment when the sun sets and it's time to...
When I began this blog, one of the first recipes I shared with everyone was for homemade yogurt. If you have a yogurt maker, the recipe is ideal for going beyond yogurt to making yogurt cheese, commonly known as labne in the Middle East. If you...

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