Exotic Eats Give Away – Argentina. Win a Bottle of Dulce de Leche or Malbec Jam!!

January 10, 2009

(This give away is now closed. Go to this post to see who the lucky winner is! ) I picked up some wonderful things (all edible of course!) on my recent trip to Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina. The Historias y Sabores (history and flavor) chocolate factory in Mendoza, particularly had very delicious chocolates, liquors [...]

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Waffles with Dulce de Leche

January 6, 2009
whole wheat waffles

  My sister was visiting and shes a big fan of sweet things. I thought it would be the perfect time to use the wonderful dulce de leche with hazelnut that I brought back from Argentina. So we started the new year with some home made whole wheat waffles topped with lots of dulce de [...]

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Buenos Aires – Helados and an Argentine House Party

January 2, 2009

As you can see from the picture of the Recoleta cemetery above, Buenos Aires is a piece out of Europe. The architecture is Spanish-Italian, the people are fashionable and the food is great. I had lots of fresh salads, home made pasta and amazing ice cream. There were helado (ice cream) shops every where. Helado [...]

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Exotic, Warming Teas – Kashmiri Kahwa and Moroccan Mint Tea

December 12, 2008
lashmiri kkawa and moroccan mint tea

  Any south Indian family will know how to make and enjoy a good cup of coffee. The day always starts with a stainless steel tumbler full of strong, sweet, frothy coffee. But not in my family. Most my family are tea drinkers. Serious tea drinkers at that. Tea time at my grandmother’s house in [...]

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Peppery Greens Soup with Pearl Couscous

December 10, 2008

My friend V introduced me to pearl couscous. Last year, she made us a delicious, spicy dish with sauteed pearl couscous, cumin and crushed peanuts. That got me hooked onto these little chewy ‘pearls’. Also called Israeli couscous, pearl couscous is actually a pasta. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s and V told me its [...]

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Walnut Raisin Rice

December 8, 2008

This is a simple, easy recipe. If you have cooked rice on hand (I did), this will only take a few minutes to put together. I am only now recovering from Thanksgiving cooking and eating. And we leave for Argentina on vacation next week. So I’m trying to keep my cooking this week simple. Walnut [...]

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Cranberry Crumb Cake Minis

December 6, 2008

Living in Virginia, I really enjoy the four seasons. They are so much more than just changing weather. The seasons signify mother earth’s cycles of renewal and replenishment. And cooking seasonally is a way of celebrating that. It is so easy to pick up the same old potatoes, carrots and tomatoes every time you go [...]

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Thanksgiving Menu – You voted, I cooked. Results are in!

November 27, 2008

Thankyou all so much for participating in my Thanksgiving menu vote! I truly appreciate your input. The results are in! We are celebrating thanksgiving at my in-law’s place. My father in law is making the turkey (which I dont eat) and I volunteered to bring the rest of the food. I had great trouble deciding [...]

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