Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer's end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what's so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born...
If you don't have time to jar all those end of summer fruits, try this recipe instead for a wonderful spread. It's absolutely delicious on toast, croissants and even pancakes. There's no pectin needed, no jarring or preserving necessary-...
It's been several weeks since I’ve returned from New York City and the Martha Stewart Pie Show. I still feel elated by just being there, as it was truly one of the most exciting things a foodie like myself could ever be...
You know that messy clump of flesh that you pull out with the seeds of pumpkins and other squash? Why bother yourself trying to pull it apart from the seeds? That's time-intensive and messier than simply pulling it all...
  One of the joys of living near a big city, in my opinion, are the public botanic gardens. Among my favorites in the U.S. are the Japanese Gardens of San Francisco and the English Gardens of Roanoke Island in North Carolina. If...
This year during my stay in Ohio I tried to visit as many farmers' markets and produce stands as possible so that I could get a grasp on the local food buzz- who's who in local farming and vending and...
Last week was an incredibly busy and productive week, alhamdullilah. For starters, I saw the very impressive food documentary, Fresh, which I plan to review here soon. I also met some wonderful people at the Chicago Botanic Garden where I learned about...
  The Chocolate Lovers' Guide and Tasting Journal is a non-fiction book combining the fundamentals of chocolate including types of chocolate, varieties of chocolate, storing chocolate, tasting chocolate and your impressions, and a place to record your chocolate's history...

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