Roasted Cumin-Cinnamon Acorn Squash

November 23, 2012

Morocco The scent of earthy cumin mingling with the musky sweetness of cinnamon always takes me back to exotic Morocco. We went there on a trip years ago one December, wanting a bit of a vacation before moving on to visit family in Berlin. It was the warmest spot we could find en route to […]

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Grated Daikon Radish Salad

October 18, 2012

Taste Memory My father was a wonderful cook. Not a gourmet chef; he cooked homey, old-country food that had the whole house smelling of comfort and love. Before I was born he owned and ran steakhouses. Later on he was a cook and manager in several restaurants. One of my earliest cooking memories is of […]

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Parsley-Garlic Salad Dressing

October 17, 2012

Got Parsley? Growing up, the only time I ever actually ate parsley was during the Passover Seder when we dipped it into salt water. It was an edible symbol of the tears the Jewish people shed when they were slaves under Pharaoh. I remember barely tolerating the bitter tang of the parsley yet loving the […]

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Papaya Salsa with Grilled Yellowfin Tuna

September 28, 2012

Spa Day Becomes Dinner Not too long ago my daughter gifted me with a day at the spa for my birthday. She knew that my summer had been quite stressful and since we do not live in the same city, she arranged a special treat for me. She also knew that I had been neglecting […]

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Jade (Basil-Kale) Pesto & Dip

September 28, 2012

Softening I recently met a young woman in her early twenties while I was on a business trip. She was cute and bubbly and very self-assured and she struck up a non-stop conversation as she served us our lunch. She was full of helpful tips (“be sure to eat the skin on that acorn squash, […]

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Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Bircher Muesli

September 16, 2012

Recovery Bircher muesli was created in the early 1900’s by a Swiss physician named Maximilian Bircher-Benner for his hospital patients. A diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables was considered an important part of recovery  – imagine that! The original Bircher muesli also had dried fruits and was moistened with orange juice. The first time […]

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Gluten-Free Heirloom Carrot Muffins

September 11, 2012

Fall: The Baking Begins When the air starts to turn crisp and cool and the days begin to shorten, my baking instincts rise to the surface in full-force! I love the homey, comforting feeling as the scent of gluten-free baked cookies, breads, muffins and pies fills the house and the air blows cold outdoors. Although […]

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Easy Roast Shrimp with Quick Braised Dinosaur Kale

September 7, 2012

Ease Some days I just want ease. When things come at me from every direction, I dream about being dropped onto an uncharted South Pacific island to be left alone. Preferably on one with lots of coconut palms so I can eat because I do not possess any fishing skills and could actually starve to […]

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Vegan “Creamy” Caesar Salad with Gluten-Free Crunchy Croutons

September 6, 2012

Betrayal “Et tu, Brute? (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ]) is a Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. While it can be variously translated as “Even you, Brutus?”, “You too, Brutus?”, “Thou too, Brutus?” or “And thou, […]

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“30 Days” Sangria

August 26, 2012

A Pitcher of Summertime As August comes to an end, I find that I desperately want to squeeze the last drops out of summer and drink it down: the red heat of the sun, the fresh tang from walking the beach, the heavy perfume of farm-ripened berries, the high energy from the crush of tourists […]

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