Greens and Brown Rice with Roasted Almonds

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A trip to the Farmer’s Market is necessary to wet the appetite and juice creativity.  I don’t know if that applies to everyone but certainly true for a foodie.  Shopping for food is the most joyful shopping I do, I could spend hours.  As for the Farmer’s Market, it’s no exception.  However, I avoid it on the weekend because it’s …

Green Energy Smoothie

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A beautiful Spring day in the South calls for a not-so-average breakfast.  A nutrient-dense delicious smoothie that can keep you running all day, not to mention full and satisfied.  This has been my breakfast for the last week while traveling.  With variations along the way to keep my taste buds stimulated, I can see a addiction on the way.  Not …

Roasted Delicata Squash Soup – Perfect Welcome for Fall!

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It’s been a mostly rainy first week of Fall, begging for soups and autumn dishes – satisfying, colorful and healthy.  And on a personal note, I’ve been finding much satisfaction in clean and simple cooking, no fads, no trendy ingredients – just what naturally resonates with me.   Many of the recipes lately have been transmuted from flavors of childhood to …

Gluten Free Carob Cake (Faux Chocolate Cake)

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UPDATE: Added a vegan version at the bottomYears ago, carob was traditionally used as a sweetener in Lebanese baking.  To this day, many Lebanese love mixing carob molasses and sesame butter (tahini) to make a delicious sweet bite after a meal.  The molasses is made by soaking the carob pods in  water and reducing the extract to make a thick …

Roasted Red Kuri and Shiitaki Dumplings in a Hearty Lamb Sauce

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It’s an incredibly beautiful Fall day.  I’m writing this outside listening to the birds on the trees, the neighborhood kids screaming with joy and my tummy rumbling from hunger.  Adding these pictures to the post isn’t helping either.  These dumplings are my take on a very traditional dish made with lamb-stuffed dumplings in a dehydrated bulgur -yogurt sauce (kishk).  After …

Coconut and Fig Smoothie

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Now that everyone is back to their routine, I’m still attempting to find mine.  It’s taking me longer than I thought to get a solid schedule together for my newly found free time.  I have decided to resume writing for NaturalNews.com among other things.  And my brain is crowded with recipes that are itching to come out.  I don’t know …

Sweet Blinis (Atayef) Stuffed with Walnuts and Pistachios

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Sophie (my daughter) is getting the last of her chewing teeth and it hasn’t been quiet around here.  She seems to not have any pain tolerance, and she has turned into an insomniac.  I wonder why previous generations don’t share the details, trials and tribulations of raising children (just so that we’re prepared psychologically).  I don’t remember anyone telling me …