Lavender Tea Time…for two

Merry Christmas. OK so it's a day early, but if you're Caribbean or Latin, Christmas Eve is celebrated more than Christmas Day itself. Most family parties occur on Christmas Eve. In fact, I am getting ready to go to one now in a few hours. Midnight Mass is often...
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Pineapple Nutella Sugar Wafers & a Balkan supermarket in Brooklyn

There is a fabulous market near where I live, Gala Apple International. It's conveniently located on 18th avenue, 2 blocks from the F train. This Brooklyn neighborhood has a large eastern European population. In this supermarket, you will find many food products from...
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Panchratna Dal

Blogging Marathon #20 Theme: Delicious Dals For my last dal recipe this week, I am trying a traditional Mughlai cuisine dal.  This is a protein rich dal that calls for 5 different legumes.  This was a great dal to utilize my fully stocked pantry, with a few...
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Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

After seeing many of the other CCC participants do recipes from package containers, I decided to look through my pantry and look for some interesting recipes to try. I found my favorite cookie as a child on my container of Del Monte raisins. I've often mentioned I am...
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Berry Salad Filled Blueberry Popovers

Since this month's Blogging Marathon includes all the days of the weekend Cookbook Cooking Challenge, my search for a recipe was two-fold for today. It had to be an oil free breakfast and it had to be from one of my cookbook's or cooking magazines. I immediately went...
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Sopa Paraguaya Cornbread

Funny how a cornbread is named Sopa Paraguaya since sopa in Spanish is soup. Back in the 1800's, the then President of Paraguay used to like soup for lunch. One day the cook put too much cornmeal in it and it turned into a solid "soup", but he served it to the...
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Pumpkin Berry Tarts

I love fresh berries - Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries - there is nothing like fresh berries!  However, at this time of year, they can be very expensive.  Except for strawberries, I use frozen berries in the wintertime.  They are a...
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Tutu – Cornmeal Porridge – Aruba style for #Food of the World

Today Food of the World is going to Aruba. I read an article a few weeks ago that was all about the diversity of Caribbean cuisine and the author said that Trinidad &Tobago had the most global influences than any other Caribbean island, without even a footnote to...
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Pancetta Sage Pumpkin Seed Bread

This is another recipe from my old 1998 edition of the Best of the Best Cookbook. This recipe is from What You Knead by Mary Ann Esposito, who was a host at the time of PBS' Ciao Italia. There are several recipes created from a basic Sponge Dough and a basic Straight...
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Gobi Pakora

Here is the last post of the week with updated and improved photos of recipes I've previously posted. Here is the one of the most popular Indian snack foods, pakora. Pakora can be made with any variety of vegetables dipped in a spiced, chickpea batter and deep fried....
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