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New Year’s Food Superstitions

Jan 1

Every New Year’s Day while I was growing up my grandmother would make a lentil stew to eat, insisting that it would bring good luck and lots of money in the coming year. While the money never did show up, the tradition stuck and to this day she continues making the lentils. While chatting with […]

Deciphering the Code of Dietary Restrictions

Dec 9

Nowadays when you invite someone over for a meal the likelihood of some kind of special dietary request is pretty high. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, low sugar, no nuts, no soy, no corn, the list is practically endless. When and where should one go out of their way to make adjustments […]

And just one more thing, french fries aren’t a vegetable!!!

Apr 8

For anyone who has been watching “Food Revolution” you will understand where i’m coming from. During one episode Jamie Oliver was challenged by the management of one of the schools he was at when he produced a seven vegetable stir fry with chicken and was told that it didn’t have enough vegetables in it. As […]

Make It Mediterranean, Make It Fresh Part 5-The Skinny on Fat

Oct 10

We all know that olive oil is good for us. We’ve heard the benefits of how it is high in omega 3 fatty acids, low in cholesterol and helps to elevate your good cholesterol levels.

Make It Mediterranean, Make It Fresh Part 2-Spices

Sep 21

One of the single most pleasurable aspects of Mediterranean cuisine is the intense use of spices of all kinds. I often am asked if Moroccan or Greek or Spanish cuisine is spicy. While occasional peppers and spicy elements, like Harissa paste and Spicy Paprika, are added, most of the flavors aren’t blatantly hot as much […]

Make It Mediterranean, Make It Fresh Part 2-Spices

Sep 20

One of the first things people notice when sitting down to a Mediterranean inspired meal is the strong fragrance of spices that waft through the air. It is perhaps my most treasured pleasure to be able to eat with my nose and then my taste buds and Mediterranean cuisine lends itself beautifully to this indulgence. […]

Tribute to Julia Child

Jul 29

On August 14 & 16, 2009 we are hosting a special dinner to celebrate the birthday of the legendary Julia Child, who was born on August 15, 1912 and passed away on August 13, 2004, just a couple days shy of her 92nd birthday. The menu will reflect some of the specialties she presented on […]

Wraps Around the World

May 14

Join us for a special cultural food experience on June 6, 2009. We are doing a world tour called Wraps Around the World. It will feature wraps from seven different countries, highlighting cultural similarities through food. The menu will be as follows: Japanese Shrimp Spring Rolls, Mexican Pork Taquitos, Moroccan Beef Briouats (Cigar Shaped Pastries), […]

Buying and Finding Seasonally Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Apr 12

As the summer progresses, a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables become more readily available in stores as well as farmer’s markets. When searching for fresh fruits or vegetables, the best guide to picking them is your nose. As a rule of thumb, if it smells like the fruit or vegetable, it is ripe, if […]

Gluten Intolerance: Living with a Wheat Allergy

Apr 10

Gluten Intolerance, or celiac disease, affects one out of every 133 people in the United States. People afflicted with this disease are unable to consume wheat, rye, barley or oats. Symptoms range from general abdominal discomfort to severe malnutrition. People afflicted with Celiac Disease are often misdiagnosed as having mild to moderate anemia and other […]