Scrambling for Side Dishes?

Brown Rice Cranberry Salad

While entertaining, I generally have a pretty good idea of the entrées I plan on serving. But finding simple side dishes to accompany the main course sometimes leaves me scrambling for ideas. So, over the years, I’ve come to create and perfect certain dependable simple sides like the ones below. (Images and titles link to… 

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Step Outside Your “Wine” Box and Try Something Different

Practical Wine Pairings with Indian Cuisine

I’m super excited for this week’s post on practical wine pairings with Indian cuisine. It’s written by experienced wine aficionado, and close friend, Gillian Burns, who also shares my passion for Indian food. Like me, she believes comfort food is a plate of Chicken Tikka, Daal Tadka and Basmati rice. A native of  England, a… 

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Spice Up Your Celebration

‘Spice Up Your Celebration’ – Now Available

Just thought I’d send out a mid-week post to let everyone know that ‘Spice Up Your Celebration’ is now available for purchase globally. Search for it on your favorite eBook vendor, your Amazon site or in your eBook readers. Find the details and the entire introduction on ‘My Cookbook’ page.  See you this Friday, as always,… 

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Inspired by Tapas Tasted on our Scrumptious Spanish Journey, Mushrooms In Olive Oil And Garlic, with a Touch of Chopped Fresh Mint, are Presented In Delicate Crisp Fillo Cups as an Appetizer.

Unique Holiday Appetizers

Great appetizers set the tone for a great celebration.They need to be light enough to leave room for the delightful main meal ahead; yet simple and attractively laid out as finger food.   And perhaps most importantly, the appetizer bite in your left hand needs to complement the beverage you’re holding in your right hand. … 

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10 Family Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas

10 Family Friendly Things To Do In Las Vegas

I’ve been to Vegas a couple of times; it’s an enchanting city. My first visit as a young girl, with my sisters and cousin, was very different from a more recent family trip. As I saw my kids have the same reaction to Vegas and its dancing fountains, as they do on our visits to… 

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Citrus Mint Turkey with Lightly Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Citrus Mint Turkey with Lightly Spiced Cranberry Sauce

With less than a week left for the American Thanksgiving celebration, many of us are looking for ways to bring turkey meat with all the delightful trimmings into our special meal. Of course, my newly released book ‘Spice Up Your Celebration’ makes it easier to cook for such occasions; offering detailed step-wise directions for turkey… 

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Jalapeño Pepper and Sweet Corn Casserole makes a Great Accompaniment

Jalapeño Pepper and Sweet Corn Casserole

As the festivities of the holiday season pick up pace, I’m bringing you one of my go-to vegetarian casserole recipes. A classy serving that looks as mouthwatering as it tastes; this lightly spiced baked dish makes a perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal. Before I get to the recipe, hope you’ve… 

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