Month: December 2015


Almond sandwich cookies and warm Season’s Greetings

I’m taking this opportunity to wish my readers and all my blogger buddies around the world a Blessed and peaceful Christmas season.  It has been such a pleasure getting to know you all on a more personal level, I’ve enjoyed all your blogs and have learned so much on the art of blogging.  Here’s hoping that 2016 will have us sharing more wonderful recipes, travel adventures and gardening projects.



A simple vegetarian supper

It is always such a busy time of the year between Thanksgiving and Christmas isn’t it?  There are so many parties, events to attend, festive gatherings and displays and no matter which way you turn, there’s always food, drink and Christmas goodies involved.  I try so hard to be on track, but invariably I find myself reaching out for more.  Then there’s all the baking and entertaining I’ve done in the past few weeks, the temptation is just so pronounced, but I can’t seem to tear myself away.  I’ve stepped on the bathroom scales a few times already, and believe it or not, in the past few weeks alone, I’ve put on a couple extra pounds.  I tell myself I’ll try harder in the New Year.  One day this past week, I thought to make a nutritious yet simple meal for dinner.  Red Lentil with Lemon soup is chock full of bold flavors. A hint of lemon juice takes it up a notch and offsets the deep cumin and chile flavors.  I’ll be preparing more simple suppers like these till all the temptations around me cease.  Woe is me!



My garden in December

Wait a second, is it really December?  Are we just 2 weeks away from Christmas?  Should we not be roasting chestnuts by the fire, or donning our boots, mittens and heavy coats in preparation for those cold winter days?  Far from it friends, as I write this, the weather forecast for today is a balmy 60 degrees, and the prediction for the weekend is an even balmier 70 degrees F.  We live on the East Coast of the USA and typically we should be in the throes of winter doldrums.  But instead, December has provided us with some pretty warm days so far.  Oh well, I am not complaining, I really dislike winter, but I’ve always secretly hoped for a smidgen of snow the night before Christmas.  It truly doesn’t feel like Christmas without snow does it? Could this be global warming?



Pistachio Cranberry Dark Chocolate Bark

Here’s a real quick idea for a wee holiday gift that you can make in about 20 minutes.  A few pieces wrapped in cellophane tied with  ribbon, would make for a nice thoughtful gift wouldn’t it?  I used to love baking cookies, cakes and other goodies to hand out as holiday gifts in Christmases past, but now I don’t seem to be as enthused about baking gifts.  Perhaps that’s because I don’t trust myself with anything sweet lying around the house?  Truth be told I’m a chocoholic, well who isn’t?  But I try not to tempt myself except on special occasions, and with Christmas around the corner, I believe that special occasion is here.  Don’t you agree?



Spicy Chicken Tagine with apricots, rosemary, ginger and harissa

There are many wonderful cooking vessels from around the world, if there’s one thing I do enjoy in the culinary world, it is learning and trying out different ethnic cuisines. Today we are going to feature a tagine.