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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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Sugar Pies in Perouges, France

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I love taking a step back in time, especially when it is to the Middles Ages. So when I arrived in Pérouges, a well-preserved medieval walled town, I was enchanted.

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This fascinating and historical cobblestone town is perched on a hill overlooking the Ain River valley 19 miles north of Lyon, France. Continue Reading →

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Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs – Pomegranates & Saffron Cookbook

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I am forever fascinated with food from other cultures. International cuisine reveals so much depth and many unique flavor combinations that delight my culinary curiosity. Continue Reading →

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Israeli Salad California Style

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I have much to learn about Middle Eastern foods, so when I can hear an authority speak on the subject I am very excited. I recently heard Faye Levy with her husband–writing and photography partner, Yakir, wax poetic on the subject at Melissa’s Produce, where she is a frequent attendee. Continue Reading →

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