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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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Shrimp & Veggie Saute w/Goldenberry Sauce

Shrimp Saute & Goldenberry Sauce | She Paused 4 Thought

While I was vacationing in Cartagena, Colombia I had a unique dish that has haunted my taste buds ever since. I scoured the Internet in hopes of finding Chef Jorge Escandon’s creation he calls “Tostones de La Madre Teresa” served at La Cevicheria.

I don’t have a proper translation or understanding of why the dish was named that, but I would like to think that perhaps its heavenly goodness inspires thoughts of Mother Teresa.

Whatever the hidden message in the name of this unique dish, I am so excited because I’ve recently discovered one of the key ingredients is available in the U.S. so wanted to share it with you!

Introducing Goldenberries:

Goldenberry Cape Gooseberry | She Paused 4 Thought

I first tasted these sweet and tangy bite-sized fruits when I purchased them along the roadsides in Colombia. I had no idea what they were, but once I unwrapped one of these golden globes of goodness, I knew I had to figure out how to smuggle them back to the states. Thank heavens they are now legally available here. Continue Reading →

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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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Fermented Curtido

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I have been a curious bystander of fermented foods for some time. It appears to be trendy these days, which is interesting since it is a process that goes back to the beginning of time.

Fermentation was not only used as a food preserver, but also as support for intestinal and overall health. Fermented vegetables have all the nutrition of raw vegetables, with the added bonus of the good bacteria and probiotics that are formed in the process. Continue Reading →

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