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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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Shrimp & Veggie Saute w/Goldenberry Sauce

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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:

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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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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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Shiitake Frittata & Yogurt Culture Book Review

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Wake – Dip, Dress, Drizzle, Spread – Sip – Slurp – Chill… sounds like a perfectly planned day, but it is actually a few chapter titles to a fascinating book on yogurt.

Yogurt Culture – A Global Look at How to Make, Bake, Sip & Chill the World’s Creamiest, Healthiest Food by Cheryl Sternman Rule, is an intriguing journey into the diversity of one of the most versatile ingredients used throughout the world. Continue Reading →

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Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower Cake

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My favorite cookbook of 2014 is “Plenty More” by Yotam Ottonlenghi. This dynamic, flavor-packed cookbook is WOW from the first page to the last. I drooled over every photo. The recipes are fresh and vibrant with an ethnic spin. It really made me rethink how to use vegetables. It is the perfect way to start the new year.

I have made this cauliflower cake recipe 5 times and have taken it to 4 parties. Don’t let the name cake fool you. It is a savory dish that resembles a frittata or crustless quiche and is served at room temperature, which makes it a natural for potlucks, picnics and parties. This cake is my current favorite recipe in Yotam’s latest cookbook. Continue Reading →

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