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Cheesecake for Dinner! Torta Pasqualina

Today is Good Friday and so for dinner, I needed to find something meatless. I definitely have more meatless days than I consciously intend, but it seems when I NEED to find something meatless, I draw a blank.  Today’s Easter adventure takes me to Italy […]

Candy!  I Want Candy!:  Paçoca, Brazillian Easter Peanut Candy

Candy! I Want Candy!: Paçoca, Brazillian Easter Peanut Candy

I’ve admittedly been a little grumpy lately. When asking myself why, I came up with a few ideas: 1.  Spring just won’t cooperate. We’re still solidly in the 40s and below here in Chicago. Come on, warm weather! I want to wear shorts! 2.  Usually […]

A Not-So-Big-Fat-Greek-Easter Meal: Lamb En Papillote

I love, love, LOVE lamb (did I say love?), and in my mind it’s the quintessential Easter dish. For my recipe today, I’m heading to Greece. Easter in Greece is the biggest holiday of the year, and food traditions span days, really beginning the Sunday […]

Holidays Around the World: Easter Edition

When I was little, my mom overdid every holiday, and I mean that in a good way. We decorated cookies for Christmas, made heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day, and had green outfits we wore especially on St. Patrick’s Day while eating corned beef and cabbage.  […]

Come on Baby, It All Tastes So Good: Tunisian-Spiced Shrimp, Egyptian Bread and Oven-Fried Cheese, Libyan Herb-Stuffed Potatoes

Well, I got side tracked and am a day behind.  Yesterday was my godson, Apple Dumpling’s, first birthday party and I was too full of cake, cookies and Italian Beef to make anything for dinner. Rather than move forward, I’m cramming all I had planned […]

Algerian Chicken Soup and Cold Carrot Salad

Algerian Chicken Soup and Cold Carrot Salad

By now I think you can tell that I love making old things new.  Mom’s meatloaf, but not quite.  Western Omelet, Spanish style.  Chocolate caliente.  When you already have a good thing, it’s really hard to make it better, so my best bet is to […]

Date Night: Magroodh, or Date-Filled Semolina Cookies

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve made dessert, and even longer since I’ve made cookies.  I was feeling pretty ambitious this past weekend with a lot of time on my hands and poo-poo’ed the idea of doing something lame like drop cookies (WAIT, I […]

Get a Bread Start on Your Day: Libyan Fig-Date Bread

Traditional Libyan food is based around Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern flavors in the form of tajines, couscous, salads, vegetables, bread, and soup.  Moving further into the desert, natives rely on milk, honey, bread and dates for sustenance and, so today’s I rely on at […]

Northern Africa

Welcome back, flavor!  And welcome to Northern Africa.  I know I sort of kicked things off on this continent with Northern Africa in Morocco, but because I love Moroccan food so much, it stood on its own for that entire week. However, when researching this […]

Cheater, Cheater French-Food Eater: Gabon’s Mustard Chicken and Cucumber Salad

Here I am, my last meal in Central Africa. I know it seems like my efforts have been crap…and they have. I just had a really hard time finding anything to get excited about and, once I picked my foods, had a trouble getting psyched […]


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