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Olives Marinated with Herbs, Garlic and Preserved Lemon

Olives Marinated with Herbs, Garlic and Preserved Lemon

These herby olives make a flavorful accompaniment to cocktails.  The fresh flavors of lemon and green herbs perfectly complement the brininess of the olives.  Truly a match made in heaven! The holiday season is as exciting as it can be stressful.  The calendar year is […]

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

This Mediterranean Tomato Salad is irresistible.  Indeed, its bright flavors make it an ideal foil for kebabs and other grilled meats.  Best of all?  The bulk of the work can be done well in advance. Summer was made for salads.  The gorgeous fresh produce in […]

Herbed Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Feta

Herbed Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Feta

This delicious, light quinoa salad is packed with herby goodness, complemented by a hint of sweetness from the peaches.  Better yet, it is easy to make — using a store-bought rotisserie chicken — and can easily be scaled up to feed a crowd. A few […]

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Bulgur, Tuna, and Preserved Lemon

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Bulgur, Tuna, and Preserved Lemon

These flavor-packed stuffed peppers make a delicious addition to a holiday cold buffet or a light summer dinner.  They are rich, healthy, and satisfying. If you have been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that I am most inspired by the […]

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

This refreshing, herb-packed Vietnamese chicken salad is an easy, light meal for a summer weeknight.  It’s as delicious as it is nutritious. As an added bonus, it makes a pretty addition to a cold buffet. It seems as if October and November go by in […]

Gyoza, Japanese Potstickers

Gyoza, Japanese Potstickers

Gyoza, or Japanese potstickers, are very similar to Chinese fried dumplings (jiaozi).  The only difference is that they tend to be more delicately seasoned and the wrappers are generally almost transparent. Visiting New York City’s immense Chinatown recently was an incredible treat and I can’t […]

Spicy Oven-Baked Cauliflower Bites

Spicy Oven-Baked Cauliflower Bites

These Spicy Oven-Baked Cauliflower Bites are bound to become a new family favorite.  A healthy and tasty snack for every day eating. This Oven-Baked Cauliflower Bite recipe is inspired by my love for pakoras, an Indian snack.  I adore the fried version.  However, like everyone […]

Crispy Baked Baby Fennel

Crispy Baked Baby Fennel

This crispy fennel dish makes an ideal bar snack.  The delicate flavor of the fennel is complemented by a hint of balsamic vinegar for a lovely, addictive munch. This dish came about by happy accident.  During my early years in Johannesburg, I experimented a lot […]

Baharat Roasted Eggplant Salad

Baharat Roasted Eggplant Salad

This delicious roasted eggplant salad can be served either warm or cold.  Seasoned with Lebanese style Baharat, a Middle Eastern seasoning mix, this light, creamy dish has a rich, warm flavor — perfect for early spring or early fall. As I was working on my […]

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

This divine pork tenderloin is a hostess’ best friend.  It is easy to make, flavorful, and improves with age.  In addition, the tenderloin’s Asian flavors — marrying orange and hoisin — are almost universally loved. In my home town, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, cocktail parties […]