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A Moroccan Feast

I’ve been in a Near East mood lately spice wise: cumin (always my favorite), saffron, paprika, oregano, cardamom. In preparation for my book club, Easter Sunday, and a really good breakfast, in one day I made three different dishes, all inspired by great recipes, that are variations on this theme—and very, very easy to make. Two are in this post, and the third deserves a post all of its own.

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When Was the Last Time You Had Shortbread?

Surprised to find a recipe for shortbread on this website?

Don’t be. While I won’t claim that shortbread is healthy for you, it’s one of the easiest desserts to make, and it uses real ingedients, so you know exactly what you’re eating—not to mention that cardamom lowers blood pressure, prevents blood clots, and protects against cancer. No nasty preservatives, no bleached flour, no conventional nonorganic butter.streaming Alien: Covenant movie

Here’s my inspiration: afternoon tea was the theme of my book club’s most recent meeting.

When I was in middle school, making tea was a regular ritual with a good friend of mine, whose father was British. It didn’t have to be afternoon tea—we also had evening tea, middle-of-the-night tea, and breakfast-in-bed-after-a-sleepover tea. We even had a Mad Hatter birthday tea party. She gave me the first cup of my teacup collection, which now has six carefully selected pieces.

Then, when I went to college, I became friends with a wonderful Brit; the ritual expanded to afternoon tea in the New York and London Ritzes—not an inexpensive experience, but a wonderful one nevertheless.

What follows is a pictoral ode to afternoon (or anytime) tea.

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Fish 15 Ways: A Warming Winter Recipe

The Fish 15 Ways series continues…

Sole en Papillotte with Roasted Vegetables and Mushroom-Leek Saute

2. Sole en Papillotte with Roasted Vegetables and Mushroom-Leek Saute

I started with this really impressive recipe for Sole en Papillote (which basically means Sole in Parchment) with Tomatoes and Olives from Self.com. It’s absolutely delicious, and if you don’t have white wine, which I often don’t, because I prefer red, you can use lemon juice, and add a bit more salt. Cooking fish in parchment paper is a great way to keep it moist and avoid messy stovetop cooking; it also seems incredibly elegant because you serve it in the parchment. (more…)

Fish 15 Ways: A Study in Thyme

This post begins my Fish 15 Ways series. I’ve had to get pretty creative with fish while not on the coast because I’m usually working with frozen fish, which doesn’t have the delicious, delicate flavor of the fresh fist I’m used to having in Charleston. This means that I’m using a lot of different spices.

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1. Lemon Thyme Grouper with Sweet Potato Quinoa Pilaf

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These 2 Supplements Will Prevent or Get Rid of Your Cold Fast!

Personally, I absolutely refuse to get sick. I don’t have time for it, I hate the way it makes me feel, and I’m pretty sure I’m morally superior to getting a cold. Even when I do, I refuse to acknowledge it: “It’s just the temperature change.” “I think it could be allergies.”

So when I discovered some incredible supplements to help me avoid or shorten the duration of colds, flu, etc., and that are actually healthy for my body, I danced around in the rain just to tempt the virus gods. (Not really. But I was very excited.) (more…)

Quick Tip: Buy Low-Sodium Tuna

Have you checked the ingredients of your packed-in-water canned tuna lately? You’ll probably notice that they now include “vegetable broth,”  which translates on the package to “Contains: Tuna, Soy.” Avoid the unnecessary and potentially harmful soy by buying low-sodium tuna (which is really just normal tuna in disguise). It contains only tuna and water, which is how it should be.

 

 

5 Ways to Make Cooking Easier, Faster, and More Fun

Possibly the biggest obstacle I have against cooking is time. I want to cook healthy dinners but find myself without time or groceries—which means I have gotten pretty creative in the kitchen before, since I’d rather die than order a pizza (I just don’t like delivery pizza).

The other obstacle is money. With one of my New Year’s resolutions being actually sticking to my grocery budget, I’ve really been working on planning my meals so that when I go to Whole Foods I have a better chance of resisting the $17 ground chia seeds and other well-intentioned but exorbitantly priced products. Meal planning can save you money, and it doesn’t have to be a lot of work.

And it can taste good! A word from Julia Child:

In addition to Julia’s wonderful ideas, here are five ways I’ve found to make cooking easier, faster, and more fun. (more…)

Italian Food Like You’ve Never Seen Before

So for ten days in May, my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to go on our honeymoon in Italy before heading to Germany for a renewable energy study abroad program he is doing. And of course, all I can talk about is the food! (more…)

Three-Vinegar Dinner

Last night, quite by accident, I ended up making a dinner combo that used three different vinegars: balsamic, red wine, and raw apple cider. I am a vinegar fanatic (I once drank a glass of it, but that was a bad idea) so this was a very exciting accomplishment for me, and I wanted to share it with you so that you can share in my love of sour things.

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Two Recipes Meet, and Fall in Love

In the interest of all the meal planning I’ve been doing lately (working on some menus to share!) I thought it appropriate to post two completely separate recipes that I threw together in hopes that my husband wouldn’t say, “So what ELSE is for dinner?” They turned out to be quite delicious together. (more…)