Moroccan Harira Soup

Harira is a Moroccan soup made with dried legumes and plenty of cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon, traditionally cooked with lamb or beef. Although it is typically eaten to break the fast during Ramadan, it is served throughout the rest of the year as well. The soup tastes best the next day after all the flavors had…

Garlic Bread

The art of making the perfect garlic bread is to make it neither too greasy nor too dry. Other than that it’s super simple and it goes well with a wide range of grilled dishes.  

Italian Grilled Chicken

My Italian grilled chicken is perfect for family cookouts and picnics. It has a simple lemon, chili and rosemary marinade which is an ideal contrast to the smoky and earthy flavor of the charcoal grill.    

Homemade Carnival Jelly Doughnuts

The Poles call them Pączki, a diminutive plural of the polish word pąk “bud”. In German-speaking countries, they are known either as Berliner or Krapfen. North Americans call them Bismarks or Jelly Doughnuts. No matter what you call them these fluffy, somewhat collapsed pastries are a Carnival staple and taste best homemade and still warm….

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

The classic combination of Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon is a festive flavor sensation. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or a dinner party with friends, these mini cabbages with their nutty, very distinct flavor are a perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, poultry in particular.      

Old-Fashioned Cornbread (recipe courtesy by Paula Deen)

I have to admit that it took me a little while to appreciate the good old southern cornbread. Mostly because many of the cornbreads I have tried were simply not that good; they were either dry and crumbly or sweet and greasy. But a few months ago my mother-in-law gave me one of Paula Deen’s…

Southern New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

I wasn’t familiar with black-eyed peas until I have married into a Southern family. Those small, creamy-flavored beans with a ‘black eye’ where they were joined to the pod are a Southern good luck tradition for New Year’s Day, one with deep roots in African-American culture. People in the South will tell you that the…

Gingerbread Cookies

I didn’t plan to bake any Christmas cookies this year since we are spending Christmas abroad, but my kids just wouldn’t stop talking about baking gingerbread and kids can be VERY persistent.