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Kedjenou, Fragrant Chicken Tagine from Côte d’Ivoire

Kedjenou, Fragrant Chicken Tagine from Côte d’Ivoire

This kedjenou is my family’s favorite comfort food.  It’s a flavorful and accessible one pot meal, which is practically the national dish of my husband’s home country, Côte d’Ivoire.  Kedjenou would be a terrific dish for Kwanzaa celebrations or an African Thanksgiving. When my husband […]

Aromatic White Bean Hummus with Toasted Spices

Aromatic White Bean Hummus with Toasted Spices

Your guests will be delighted by this fragrant, flavorful white bean hummus.  The toasted spice topping makes it special and adds a little extra texture to this classic dip. With the holidays right around the corner, we’re all looking for a handful of quick and […]

Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents

Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents

Creamy kichdi is comforting, nourishing, and easy on the stomach.  This simple gruel of rice and dal is yummy enough to enjoy on a rainy day.  But, it becomes a real hero when there are sick folks in the house. I know.  The number one […]

Ice Cold Gazpacho, A Zesty, Refreshing, No-Cook Summer Soup

Ice Cold Gazpacho, A Zesty, Refreshing, No-Cook Summer Soup

Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer treats.  It is a delicious, cooling, satisfying soup for summer’s hottest days. Best of all, it takes 15 minutes to make and there’s no cooking involved! On hot days, my family craves cold foods.  Even I yearn to […]

Instant, No-Churn, 3-Ingredient Strawberry Sherbet

Instant, No-Churn, 3-Ingredient Strawberry Sherbet

This creamy strawberry sherbet is the perfect summer treat.  Perfect for busy cooks.  It comes together in mere minutes and can be made with or without an ice cream machine! I stumbled across this strawberry sherbet recipe in a French cookbook a while ago.  It […]

Septimo Mandela Square Launches New Breakfast & Sandwich Menus!

Septimo Mandela Square Launches New Breakfast & Sandwich Menus!

I’m so excited about Septimo Mandela Square’s new breakfast and sandwich menus!  Both are set to launch this Wednesday. Breakfast The breakfast menu, will be served from 8-11 a.m., and consists of fresh, Italian takes on classic dishes.  Menu items, such as Bambino Hash, with […]

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemon

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemon

This fragrant and flavorful Moroccan chicken tagine evokes the souks and spice markets of North Africa.  Best of all, it’s relatively easy to prepare with pantry ingredients, and can be on the table in just over an hour.   There is something richly satisfying about […]

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 […]