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Shiitake Frittata & Yogurt Culture Book Review

Shiitake Frittata | She Paused 4 Thought

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

Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Cake | She Paused 4 Thought

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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Hatch Chile, Veggie & Goat Cheese Jalousie

Hatch Chile Jalousie | She Paused 4 Thoughthatch chile | She Paused 4 Thought

Sometimes I am sent something so unique it requires some creative thought to really do it justice. Hatch Chiles from New Mexico were just that. This year Melissa’s Produce sent me these scary green guys that send most people into a frenzy at this time of year. I am undeniably attracted to them, but afraid their heat will fry my tender insides.

Now I can embrace their heat because I’ve discovered the Mild Hatch chile. This chile has all the complex flavor yet none of the extreme firepower of their stronger cousins. Thank you Lord, (since I am a spicy chile wimp). Continue Reading →

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Ajiaco (Colombian Chicken & Potato Soup)

Ajiaco (Colombian Chicken & Potato Soup) She Paused 4 Thought

I thrive on culture shock – it engages my senses and is intensely stimulating. I love arriving in an unfamiliar country and experiencing the sites, the sounds, even the unusual odors! I long for days, even weeks, where life is in sharp contrast to my own. On the occasion of my trip to Colombia, my parents and eight other daring adventure seeking souls accompanied me. My parents inspired my love for travel –  naturally, they are one of my favorite companions.

Before I left, everyone I told questioned my judgment. I’m used to the reaction – it is the usual response I get for most of the places I have traveled. I don’t try to explain anymore. Instead, I offer this quote.

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God” – Kurt Vonnegut  Continue Reading →

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Top 13 Recipes of 2013 | She Paused 4 Thought

Top 13 Recipes in 2013 | She Paused 4 Thought

The New Year is almost here so I though we would take a look back at the top 13 posts of 2013. Thanks to all my readers who made this year of blogging so much fun. Continue Reading →

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