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A love letter to my childhood

A love letter to my childhood

The holidays bring up so much stuff; memories of childhood, reminiscences of days gone by, loneliness for a family connection when there is none. But for me, mostly, I am aware of how lucky I was to grow up the way I did. My mother was the original superwoman – she did it all; from […]

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Burrata on Crostini with Caramelized Shallots

Burrata on Crostini with Caramelized Shallots

Looking for an easy and fabulous appetizer for the holidays? Try this super yummy burrata on crostini, topped with crisp applewood bacon and caramelized shallots or onions. This is sure to be a go to recipe for any occasion. Burrata on Crostini with Caramelized Shallots and Bacon Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients ¼ cup olive […]

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Spicy Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro

Spicy Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro

This is the best soup for colder weather which we are finally having now at the end of October. I left the greens out of the photo as I recommend stirring them in at the end of the cooking to retain their bright green color. Spicy Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro  Serves 6 to 8 […]

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Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken

This is one of my dishes that always gets rave reviews. It can be made with pork tenderloin as well which would be cooked for about 20 minutes. If you need to use an alternative sweetener, try honey. Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken Serves 4 Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 2 Tb. lime juice ½ cup […]

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Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb

Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb

Can you imagine a more delicious dish than this eggplant stuffed with ground lamb, onion, garlic, spices and then topped with feta? I  have made these vegetarian as well by opting for chopped sauteed wild mushrooms in place of the lamb. This is a great dish for entertaining and freezes well. Lamb Stuffed Eggplant with […]

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

One of my favorite summer soups – gazpacho brings back memories of my mother who would make it with all the wonderful vegetables from our garden. Refreshing and healthy; it’s a great first course or light lunch or blended as a smoothie for breakfast. Gazpacho Serves 8 to 10 Ingredients 1 small red onion, minced […]

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Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens and Chevre

Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens and Chevre

A simple, quick salad for the dog days of summer. You can use feta instead of the chèvre if desired. I love summer salads that use up leftover protein from last nights meal, think of grilled shrimp, pork tenderloin, tofu, or salmon as a replacement for the chicken. I also recommend using any kind of […]

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Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Just in time for summer and the beautiful local produce that abounds, I share with you this yummy cobbler that can be made with any ripe fruit on hand. In the winter I make this recipe wth apples or pears and sometimes include frozen blueberries as I love them so. Plum/Peach Blueberry Cobbler with Chantilly […]

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Vegetarian Entrees for Weekly Meal Delivery

Vegetarian Entrees for Weekly Meal Delivery

Did you know that I prepare meals for clients on a weekly basis and either deliver them or you can pick up your meals at my home. This week was especially colorful given all the local produce available this time of year. I love cooking for my people especially my style;  healthy, clean food. I […]

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Summertime Grilling- Steak with Balsamic, Dijon, Rosemary Marinade

Summertime Grilling- Steak with Balsamic, Dijon, Rosemary Marinade

This is the time of year when many of us want to get outside and grill. Easy summer meals are in order as we spend more time outdoors and look for delicious and simple recipes for everyone to enjoy. This amazing grilled steak is best with cuts such as; flank, strip, hangar or London broil. […]

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Cucumber Cups with Citrus Smoked Salmon

Cucumber Cups with Citrus Smoked Salmon

I made these recently for a client who had a small dinner party and wanted an appetizer that was pretty, healthy and not too filling. Easy to make ahead these cucumber cups can be filled with a variety of things such as herbed chèvre, cream cheese with chives, smoked fish and curried tuna salad. Cucumber […]

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ZenFish

ZenFish

Best new place to eat in Durham for a healthy, delicious lunch or dinner. This super casual poke place opened a few months ago on Ninth Street in downtown Durham and I love it! The poke concept is basically a deconstructed sushi roll served in a bowl with a variety of toppings. Originally from Hawaii […]

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