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Israeli Salad California Style

Israeli Salad | She Paused 4 Thought

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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Black-eyed Pea Stew with Chefs Toys & Tips

Black-eyed Pea Stew | She Paused 4 Thought

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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Coconut Creamed Greens

Coconut Creamed Greens | She Paused 4 Thought

This is not your typical southern greens recipe, nor is it served in your typical style. A recipe this unique deserves its own serving portion. Even someone who doesn’t like slightly bitter greens will be pleasantly surprised by this tropical twist on a southern classic. Where did I find such a recipe? From MasterChef’s Season One Winner.

Imagine if you could take a Southern Great Grandma’s culinary mantle, add a healthy dose of mother’s wisdom, and fold in the culinary curiosity of a young girl, then put them all in a kitchen, you’d find yourself with Whitney Miller. She is a marvel at creating traditional favorites with a contemporary spin.

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Everyday Eggplant & “In a French Kitchen” Review

Everyday Eggplant & "In A French Kitchen" Review | She Paused 4 Thought

I have always dreamed of taking a cooking class in France. So when a milestone birthday came along, my husband took me to Paris. That was when I first met Susan Herrmann Loomis.

I enrolled in her Market Cooking Class. We began the class by learning to shop at the local farmer’s market for the best produce of the season. Once in the kitchen, we got our “hands in the dough” transforming all the goodies into a fabulous, fresh, French meal.

susan loomis cooking class Paris | She Paused 4 ThoughtShopping at Marché Raspail & plating Duck Breast a l’Orange with Braised Asparagus.

I was in heaven. You can read about my adventure here. When Susan mentioned she was teaching French cooking classes in the Black Hills of South Dakota in a few months, I jumped at the opportunity. It was fabulous as we learned and lived food for four days. Continue Reading →

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