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A few key tools for your kitchen

A few key tools for your kitchen

I am often asked by my students what gadgets or tools I use and find indispensable in the kitchen. I am not a gadget person and find myself very satisfied with my food processor, immersion blender, juicer and standard blender. That’s about it for me in the gadget department but tools are another story. I […]

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Customized Chef Jackets

Customized Chef Jackets

Since 1989 Crooked Brook has designed and manufactured chef jackets and aprons for the world’s most distinguished and discerning chefs.  “Their women’s chef coats have become the uniform for the most recognized women in the noble art and science of gastronomy.” For ordering and more information click on the link http://www.crookedbrook.com/womens-chef-jackets-coats.htm  This is where I buy […]

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Trip to Italy and Beyond

Trip to Italy and Beyond

I am leading a culinary trip to Verona in Northern Italy in September of this year and would love to have you join me. My partner, Demet Guzey and I have come together to bring you the best in local markets, hands-on classes and wine tastings from the famous Valpolicella region. Second to Chianti, Valopicella […]

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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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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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Asian Shopping in the Triangle

Asian Shopping in the Triangle

Last week I was lucky enough to have lunch in one of the Mediterranean places in Cary and passed by Grand Asia Market on the way there. Of course I had to make a u-turn and go back. I love ethnic markets especially one such as this, that is truly authentic and carries Thai, Chinese, […]

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Sassool In Cary for Mediterranean Food

Sassool In Cary for Mediterranean Food

I love food from the part of the world that is the Mediterranean and luckily here in the Triangle we have many options, the latest being Sassool in Cary. I enjoyed a wonderful lunch there today with a group of foodies from the area and ordered their sampler plate of four salads. What a colorful […]

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Bleu Olive - Delicious Mediterranean Food in Durham

Bleu Olive – Delicious Mediterranean Food in Durham

What a wonderful surprise to find this Mediterranean restaurant after eating in many local places that have been disappointing. We ordered appetizers and salads -all delicious. The atmposhere was sophisticated and warm and the service was excellent. We had the grilled octopus (perfectly grilled), fried calamari, steamed mussels, roasted red pepper dip with pita and […]

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Adding Punch to Your Vegetables

Adding Punch to Your Vegetables

Vegetables are easily the healthiest thing you can eat, but even the most ardent vegetable-lover can get tired of salads and raw vegetables day after day. I personally love leftover sautéed vegetables that are left out for about an hour as a quick lunch. Drizzled with tahini, yogurt or classic vinaigrette elevates the simplest dish […]

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Gluten Free or not- what does this mean for you

Gluten Free or not- what does this mean for you

Gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance are phrases we are all hearing a lot about lately. Many people now are experiencing problems digesting foods that contain gluten, and we are more aware than ever of the ingredients in the foods we eat. Gluten-free labeling is seen on a great deal of packaged foods these days. You […]

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Indian Ingredients and Spices

Indian Ingredients and Spices

I love Indian cuisine and teach many classes that encompass curries, chutneys, side dishes with paneer and delicious breads. Students often ask me where to shop for the ingredients as this is the key to authentic Indian food. In the triangle we have a number of well stocked Indian markets with everything you need for […]

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Cooking Tools and Gadgets

Cooking Tools and Gadgets

I love my food processor and use it all the time for making pesto, chopping a lot of garlic, salad dressings, doughs, dips, grating beets or cheese. The endless list of jobs that are made simple with the processor is amazing. I have had the same machine (a Cuisinart) for years and rarely use any […]

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