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truffled quail egg toast

What To Do With Quail Eggs – Trulffled Quail Egg Toasts

Quail eggs have long been considered a delicacy in many parts of the world including Asia, Europe, and North America.  Surprisingly, in other countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, a hard-boiled quail egg is not unusual or considered exotic.  In those countries, quail eggs can even be seen as garnish on a hot dog. […]

molten chocolate cake

Molten Chocolate Cake

If you are a chocolate lover, keep reading. There is nothing more delicious and decadent than a molten chocolate cake.  It is simple but delightful.  A molten cake is a combination of two things, a flourless chocolate cake (often referred to as a decadence cake) and a soufflé. Its name refers to the lava-like chocolate […]

Breakfast Protein Shake

My Favorite Breakfast Protein Shake

Smoothies (a category that includes protein shakes) are thick beverages made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products, or sweeteners.  I was late to the smoothie fad.  While smoothies were popular in the early 1990s, they have been around a lot longer than that, in particular on the […]

veggie burger

The Ultimate Veggie Burger

It’s called “The Ultimate Veggie Burger” for a reason, not just for vegetarians.  It’s for anyone who loves a great veggie burger every once in a while, my husband included. Melissa Clark’s recipe for “The Ultimate Veggie Burger” was published in the New York Times a few years ago and I’m thankful to have found […]

grown-up brownie (Mexican brownie)

A Grown-Up Brownie (Mexican Brownies)

[Updated Recipe] Almost no one turns down a brownie.  Honestly, why would they?  Brownies are a delicious, easy-to-eat, simple pleasure.  Limitless variations of this classic treat exist: from dense, gooey, fudge-like squares, to light, cake-like frosted treats.  Although the brownie supposedly was created in 1893 by The Palmer House Hotel, the first well-known brownie recipe […]

tuna poke

Hawaiian Poke Bowl

I wanted to write a post about Poke bowls because of their current popularity and also because Poke (pronounced POH-keh) will always remind me of Hawaii, a special place and the home to my uncle Ben, who passed away unexpectedly last week.  I must confess, it’s been a sad week for me.  Loss is always […]

banana bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Bananas are delicious.  A perfect food, some would say, loaded with vitamin B, that even comes in their very own traveling case.  We buy bananas to eat them, but bananas are tricky.  In the grocery store, it takes time to select the perfect bunch, I often grab them last as it takes some thought.  Not […]

power bites

Protein Power Bites

Power bars, protein snacks, and energy drinks are all some of the products you see on store shelves selling “power” and “energy.”  Don’t be deceived: most don’t have either; many are not healthy; and most of us avoid equating sugar with energy.  A good friend of mine from college, a marathon runner, a mom of […]

white bean soup

White Bean Soup With Kale And Smoked Sausage

To me, hearty soups are good all year round, not just on a rainy winter day.  Soups are comforting and soul-healing, they say.  They are also not all that hard to make. The word “soup” comes from the French “soupe” (meaning “soup” or “broth”), which derived from the Latin word “suppa” (meaning bread soaked in broth) and also from a […]

chocolate cupcake

Incredibly Easy (Easter) Cupcakes, Made With Olive Oil

It’s almost Easter and this is a treat for all ages.  This is not my recipe, but I have been making it for years and had to share it.  The original cake recipe is called “Umbrian Chocolate Cake“, or in Italian Torta di Cioccolato di Olio di Oliva, and comes from the cookbook Ciao Italia in Umbria.  The author, Mary […]

Eli's crispy chicken

Eli’s Crispy Chicken (And How Not To Overcook It!)

According to my oldest son, he does not like chicken. Untrue really; he’s just particular when it comes to chicken.  This, I can relate to. Most chicken is over-cooked.  Nothing overcooked tastes good.  But chicken, in particular, is the worst because it becomes dry and flavorless.  Chicken must be moist, slightly soft, and juicy–never, ever dry. […]

matzo

Homemade Matzo For Passover

If you eat matzo during the eight days of Passover (or just want a fun cooking project with kids) try making this easy homemade matzo recipe, it is so good, that you may never go back to the store-bought stuff. This recipe can be made will regular all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour, both are […]

vanilla-citrus sponge cake

Vanilla-Citrus Sponge Cake

Passover is approaching, as is the scramble to come up with a dessert to bring to the Seder you’ve been invited to.  Preferably a dessert that is not the flourless chocolate cake that you made last year.  Try this recipe.  This is a cross between a true sponge cake, a classic French genoise, and a […]

radish salad

Radish Salad

If you are unfamiliar, watermelon radishes are supremely beautiful. Their deep pink/magenta color is eye-catching and adds a real pop to any ordinary salad. Watermelon radishes are considered a heirloom Chinese Daikon radish and a member of the mustard family (along with arugula, broccoli, and turnips–who knew!). Typically, watermelon radishes are available during the spring and […]

Dump Trump Cookies

Dump Trump Compost Cookies

When I started my blog, I had no intention of voicing political views.  So this will likely be my first and only post referring to anything political.  I strongly believe everyone is entitled to their opinion, whatever that may be.  But “Dump” cookies are delicious; I’m no fan of Trump; and the rhyme is too […]

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