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Cantaloupe with Peanut Dukkah

How About a Simple and Unique Summer Melon Salad? I love eating and serving a simple melon salad with my meals in summer. I can’t think of anything more refreshing and satisfying. If you’ve got a good melon, you really don’t need to do a lot to it in order for it to be delicious. […]

Italian Sausage and Spicy Peach Sandwiches

A Scrumptious Twist on Italian Sausage Sandwiches! This meal came about because I had some Italian sausages and peaches. I wanted an easy meal and it got me thinking that these two foods would work well together, so I got on with it. I first cooked the Italian sausages in a large skillet. This is […]

Ricotta with Strawberry Sumac Honey and Berries

Here’s an Easy Summer Dessert You Won’t Soon Forget. I’ve been singing the praises of homemade ricotta for years. It’s in no way an authentic ricotta, which is made from whey. But it is world’s ahead of anything you can purchase in the grocery store. Because it is only made with milk, cream, buttermilk, and […]

Lemon and Poppy Seed Olive Oil Cake with Crème Fraîche

I Now Have the Simple Lemon Cake I’ve Always Wanted. As with my orange cake, I had a situation where I’ve never been perfectly satisfied with any lemon cake I’ve ever made. Typically, they don’t have enough lemon flavor or they’re a little dry or the crumb is not what I want. I decided it […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

This is So Much More Than Can Be Described in a Simple Title. This dip, known as Muhammara, is said to have originated in Aleppo, Syria, but is now ubiquitous in many Middle Eastern communities. Roasted red bell peppers, walnuts, bread crumbs, pomegranate molasses, Aleppo pepper, cumin and olive oil are combined into what is […]

Blood Orange Salad with Creamy Whipped Dressing

Blood Orange Salad with Creamy Whipped Dressing

Could Be My Last Orange Salad of the Season – So Let’s Go Out with a Bang. Well, citrus season is winding down, so this is probably one of my last orange salads until next season. I will still make an occasional salad using navel oranges that are available year round, but other fruits and […]

Lamb Kebabs on Beet Flatbreads

Lamb Kebabs on Beet Flatbreads

Skewers of Lamb Served on Top of Flatbreads is Never a Bad Thing. I made my Beet Flatbreads with Pomegranate Raita and served them with lamb kebabs. I love skewering meats. Something about it just makes it so much more fun to eat rather than simply slicing up a leg of lamb.  I’ve been hooked […]

Purée of Beets with Roasted Carrots and Dukkah (Duqqa)

Puree of Beets with Roasted Carrots and Dukkah

A Glorious Combination of Color, Texture, and Flavors. Well, there are a few things going on here that warrant an explanation. I’ll start with the dukkah first. It’s an Egyptian nut, seed, and herb blend that’s been around a very long time. It’s used as a dip for flatbreads, amongst other things. I love it […]