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guacamole dip recipe

Ultimate Guacamole Dip

The first time I had guacamole, I really wasn’t a big fan. That is probably because the dip was either store bought or made in a blender so the consistency was runny. Then I had my first guacamole made table side at a restaurant and the whole flavor was completely different. The dip was thick […]
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on January 22, 2017
mussels in wine leeks and tomatoes

Mussels with Leeks, Garlic, Tomato and Wine

Mussels are one of my favorite things to share. It’s rare that I ever eat them alone. A pot of mussels in a savory sauce is meant to be shared. One of my favorite memories of sharing mussels is finding a restaurant in Sydney, Australia that served an all-you-can-eat mussels special on Tuesday nights. They […]
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on September 25, 2016
Italian Herb Frittata

Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

  The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. […]
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deviled eggs with bacon

Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Making stuffed eggs (or deviled eggs) are an American Classic. Making them always reminds me of summer. We always had them with picnics or especially on the 4th of July. Stuffed eggs typically weren’t an everyday dish – when Mom started making the eggs it meant we were getting ready for a party. Summer wouldn’t […]
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Chả Giò

Vietnamese Spring Rolls are an addictive appetizer that are much lighter than their Chinese Egg Roll cousins. This is because the rice paper wrapper used to make the spring rolls is lighter and results in a more crsipy delicate skin. The same rice paper wrapper is also used to make the refreshing Vietnamese Fresh Spring […]
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on January 22, 2016
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Peanut Sauce

We order these spring rolls almost every time we go to our favorite Thai restaurant. So it came as a bit of a surprise during a visit to Southeast Asia that the recipe is actually one from Vietnam. But no matter what the origin, these fresh spring rolls always make me feel like I have had […]
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Fig and Onion Chutney

Fig and Onion Chutney

I happened to have several figs left-over from a poached fig with walnuts and chocolate dessert I made earlier in the week. Aren’t figs one of those ingredients that don’t get used very often, and then when you have them the few left over end up lingering in the pantry until you finally decide to […]
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on October 19, 2015
Stuffed Eggplant with Onion and Tomato

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion, Tomato and Fresh Herbs

I ran across this dish on a month-long visit to Istanbul. Eggplant was in season at the time and we were able to sample quite a few dishes that were new to me. I love traveling to places that aren’t afraid of variety, spice and flavor – Istanbul is one such place. This dish is served room […]
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on September 25, 2015
Yogurt Mint Jalapeno Dip

Yogurt Dip with Jalapeno and Fresh Herbs

This yogurt dip recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Istanbul. In most restaurants after you are seated a waiter comes along with a tray filled with little dishes (mezze or appetizers). There is typically an assortment of hot and cold items available with flavors that vary from mild to spicy. Going out for appetizers […]
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on September 17, 2015
Turkish Meatballs Kofte

Turkish Meatballs – KÖFTE

When I first ordered these Turkish Meatballs in Istanbul I was completely surprised by the flavor. They were like no other meatball that I had ever tried. The Turkish are not afraid of using exotic spices combinations and this dish is no exception. We found köfte on most Turkish menus, and were told that it […]
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on September 17, 2015