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Portobello Salad & How Not to Commit Lettuce Murder

Portobello Salad | She Paused 4 Thought

Summer is officially here and with it comes the desire for easy recipes that are light, yet hearty. This plant-based salad is a perfect side dish for outdoor barbeques or as a vegetarian main dish. Continue Reading →

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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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