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Carrot, Cardamom and Coconut Soup

Friday, October 1, 2010

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I always carry with me a book I call my ‘Inspiration Book’. This is the place where I jot down ideas, or flavors, so when I get back to my home kitchen I remember what it was, exactly, that inspired me.  This little book has served me well, and it is directly responsible for this […]

Paneer Potato Cakes

Monday, September 13, 2010

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In the last few months I have discovered a few new ingredients that I absolutely love! The first of these is a spice called asafoetida, a deeply pungent smelling spice that, when cooked, adds a smooth onion flavor.   A little of this spice makes a big difference as far as complexity of flavor is concerned.  […]

Smoked Salmon Pasta

Sunday, September 5, 2010

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When you have the best ingredients you do not need to do much to make them shine. While in Seattle for IFBC I picked up some lovely Alder Smoked Salmon.  On its own it is fantastic.  One subtly smoked, tender taste had me happily handing over my cash.  Once I got it home I decided […]

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Sometimes you just need some comfort. Yesterday was not a great day for me.  In fact, it was terrible.  Before I got home I decided that a nice, warm, creamy bowl of soup would fit the bill.  I have been craving mushroom soup for a few weeks, ever since having some rather superb mushroom soup […]

Beef Shawarma Meatballs

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Not long ago I had lunch at a little Lebanese restaurant and I discovered some really wonderful new dishes. One of these was shawarma, a meat mixture that is marinated in a spice blend, placed on a spit, and slowly grilled.  It is sliced thin and served with pita and other fresh garnishes.  It is […]

Coconut Curry Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Noodles

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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When I get a craving for something I want instant satisfaction. Ask anyone who had ever accompanied me to an amusement park, waited with me in line, or sat with me while we waited for a table at a restaurant.  Patience is not one of my virtues.  In fact, I get down right testy when […]

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Friday, July 16, 2010

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Summer is in full swing, and that means in North Texas it is HOT, HOT, HOT! I am loathe to turn on the oven or stand over the stove when the temps are pushing 100F, but that does not mean I eat nothing but cold sandwiches and salads.  Oh no, what it means is instead […]

Cornbread Pudding

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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Now matter how hard I try to restrain myself, when it comes to holidays I always make too  much food. The 4th of July is no exception.  Since we typically have some sort of smoked meat on the 4th, usually of the pork variety, I feel compelled to make a big batch of cornbread to […]

Mini-Vegetable Quiche

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Before we begin I have some exciting news!  My Beef Empinadas recipe was selected as a finalist in the Ro*Tel Across America contest!  Voting is open and you can vote for your favorite recipe here! I am a big fan of quiche.  If made properly it is the perfect balance of crust and eggy, cheesy […]

Queso Chicken Pasta

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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For the last few weeks I have been terribly busy.   When life starts to pile up on me, and lately that happens a lot, I crave easy meals that offer a lot of comfort.  Comfort, for me, comes in the form of cheesy pasta with a Tex-Mex kick.  I know I have mentioned before my […]

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