Hearts of Palm Soup w/Sweet Potato Croutons

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Silky. Sassy. Sexy.  I know these are not adjectives that are usually associated with food, but this sensational soup is no ordinary medley. It is a tribute to Mexico’s African heritage known as The Third Root, and this soup fully embodies each of those adjectives. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything like it. Continue Reading →

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Heavenly Blueberry Pie & a Tribute to my Father

Blueberry-Pie

“Farming is simply gambling with dirt”, or so says Mark Twain and most farmers. So to hear a bet placed in my childhood farming household was common. The conversation went like this; Dad: “If I’m right, you have to bake me a home-made blueberry pie”. Mom: “If I am right, you have to take me on a trip around the world”.

Unfortunately, dad would end up with a blueberry crisp (a crime for a pie-lover) and mom would end up with a trip somewhere in the world, not around it. The job of making blueberry pie fell to me; I happily obliged, and through making pies I grew to love them. Thanks, Dad. Continue Reading →

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Guatapé, Colombia – Tuesday Travels

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Travel Tuesday takes us to the dazzling yet quaint lakeside town of Guatapé, which is less than two hours outside of Medellín, Colombia.

Our first introduction to the area was El Peñon de Guatapé, commonly referred to as La Piedra (The Stone). You can’t miss it as it towers over this region dominated by lakes.

Guatape-rock

This summit of this massive rock can be reached via 740 steps, a trip that takes about 30 minutes. There, you’ll discover a snack bar, gift shop and an understanding of how out of shape you are. This is quite a difference from the first time the rock was climbed, in 1954, when it took five days to make the trip. Continue Reading →

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Mango with Seville Orange Sauce

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If you are an orange marmalade fan like I am, this quick and impressive dessert is for you. With only four ingredients and in only 20 minutes you can have a delightfully sweet and tart ending to any meal.

Seville oranges, also known as the sour orange, are best known for making marmalade. If you try to eat one like a regular orange you will be unpleasantly surprised, They’re tart and bitter, even though they smell like heaven. But once you cook them with sugar, they are transformed from sour and bitter into sweet and tart. Because Seville oranges are in season December through February, they’re a perfect winter pick-me-up. So don’t waste any time and get yourself some – check specialty markets, Whole Foods or order them online at Melissa’s Produce. Continue Reading →

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Black-eyed Pea Stew with Chefs Toys & Tips

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I love kitchen gadgets. The right ones can make cooking so much more fun, and efficient! Whether it is a great knife or some obscure tool that only serves one purpose, like a carrot sharpener, they all have a place in my heart (& in my kitchen drawer). Continue Reading →

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