Spicy Beef Skewers

Spicy Beef Skewers | She Paused 4 Thought

Everybody has his or her go-to recipes, and this is one of mine. They’re simple, scrumptious and for me who gets easily tired of the same old thing, they seem endlessly fresh and new.

Katie Chin Chinese Cookbook | She Paused 4 Thought

I got this favorite from Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen, which features family-style, Chinese-American dishes she learned from her mother.

Katie’s love of cooking flourished at an early age—watching and later helping her mother, Leeann Chin, prepare delectable Chinese dishes in her multiple restaurants. Katie inherited her mom’s passion and talent, and has become a respected food writer, cater, teacher and television personality in her own right. Both mother and daughter have had the privilege of cooking in the White House for two different presidents. Continue Reading →

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Aranygaluska, Hungarian Golden Pull-Apart Cake

Aranygaluska | She Paused 4 Thought

I recently was accused of being a food history geek. As I opened my mouth to dispute this bizarre accusation, I stopped because I realized, with humility, that it is true. I am a total food history geek. I lay awake nights as I wonder about things like, the food King Tut chose for his journey into the afterlife (watermelon and beets)  or what Charlemagne insisted be in every garden in his kingdom (a fish pond).

When I started reading Joan Nathan‘s latest cookbook, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from around the World, I found a kindred spirit. I couldn’t put it down. It’s a food history geek’s dream. Continue Reading →

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Llapingachos-Ecuadorian Filled Potato Cakes

Llapingachos are a classic Ecuadorian potato cake with a captivating combination of salty Cotija cheese and creamy peanut sauce.

Everyone I know loves potatoes. Who couldn’t love what is considered to be one of the world’s most versatile foods, not to mention one of the largest crops grown in the world.

We grew our own white potatoes on the farm in Iowa, not really knowing about the many other varieties being sold throughout the United States at the time. We thought we knew most ways to cook these tubers as they were a staple in our house.

But recently, my mind was opened as I had the opportunity to learn how potatoes are prepared around the world, thanks to James Beard Award-winner, Raghavan Iyer, at a media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce. Continue Reading →

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Root Vegetable Tarte Tatin

Root Vegetable Tarte Tatin | She Paused 4 Thought

It seems that everyone wears a label these days when in comes to food. I consider myself to be a flexitarian, that is one who is plant-based, with occasional meat products. I also try to avoid eating processed foods. One thing I am not, is a Neophobian (extremely picky eater). I have been known to eat tarantulas, ants, crickets, guinea pigs, reindeer, camel and a few other things not worth mentioning. Continue Reading →

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Painted Dubai – Travel Tuesdays

Painted Dubai by Cathy Arkle | She Paused 4 Thought

The first time I saw pictures of Dubai, I thought they were altered with Photoshop. When I arrived in Dubai, I felt like I walked right into a movie set on the backlot of Universal Studios. Everything around me looked surreal. I wasn’t sure if I had time traveled to the past or the future, soon it became clear, I was in both.

In capturing the essence of this bizarre place, I took a few painted liberties with my photos to show the diversity, beauty & craziness of this intriguing city.

Dubai | Cathy Arkle | She Paused 4 Thought

I stood in awe looking across a man-made lake bordered by high-rise buildings sprouting like weeds out of the desert. Continue Reading →

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