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Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy cocktail nuts are a welcome addition to any happy hour buffet.  They’re filling, satisfying and healthy.  Best of all?  You can make them in under 15 minutes! When I was a little girl, nuts were always an integral part of holiday celebrations.  In those […]

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

I love to start a party with marinated olives.  They make a light and healthy finger food that doesn’t leave your guests too full to enjoy their meal. When my guests arrive, I love to have lots of small dishes of nibbles to place around […]

Creamy Sage-Infused Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Creamy Sage-Infused Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

This light creamy, eggless, sage-infused bourbon pumpkin pie ice cream is sure to hit all the right notes on Thanksgiving.  It would be divine with a slice of warm pound cake and a drizzle of caramel sauce and its also perfect all on its own. […]

Spicy Toasted Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

Spicy Toasted Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

I’ve loved toasted pumpkin seeds since first bite.  Their crunchy, toasty goodness was a revelation the first time I ate them.  I’ll never forget that first Halloween crunch when I was a little girl.  Since then, toasted pumpkin seeds have become yet another reason to […]

Quick and Flavorful Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Quick and Flavorful Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Delicious homemade pumpkin purée is so easy to make.  It’s also a lot more flavorful than the canned variety.  Just in time for Thanksgiving desserts, including the essential pumpkin pie! To tell the truth, I’ve never been a big fan of pumpkin pie.  It’s one […]

Healing South Indian Tomato Rasam

Healing South Indian Tomato Rasam

Tomato rasam is ubiquitous in Southern India.  It is like tea in China, or pasta in Italy.  It is a standard.  This simple, flavorful soup is as delicious as it is nourishing and satisfying.  It pairs well with rice, but can also be served on […]

Why Zesty Preserved Lemons Ought to Be in Your Pantry

Why Zesty Preserved Lemons Ought to Be in Your Pantry

Making preserved lemons at home is so easy and much less expensive than buying them.  These lemons are certainly worth the minimal effort they take to prepare.  You will soon find yourself jazzing up just about everything with a hit of their zesty citrus flavor. […]

Pear Sorbet, Perfumed with Ginger and Rosemary

Pear Sorbet, Perfumed with Ginger and Rosemary

Light and refreshing.  This luscious sorbet is a terrific way to use overripe pears.  It’s also ideal as a palate cleanser between courses or a light and refreshing dessert. In Johannesburg, spring has just begun.  Some of us still have a few of the season’s […]

Regal Apple Slaw

Regal Apple Slaw

This refreshing, crunchy slaw is the perfect counterpoint to a rich dinner.  It’s quick and easy to make, and is a guaranteed hit at family gatherings. We southerners love our slaw, probably because we eat a lot of ham and fried foods.  The sweet, tangy […]

Creamy Dal Makhani

Creamy Dal Makhani

I refer to this dish as “gateway” lentils, because once you taste it, you will fall in love and wish for more.  It’s not complicated or difficult to make, though it does require a little advance planning.  However, this dal is delicious, nutritious, and comforting. […]