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Mushroom Soup for Your Soul

mushroom soup final 1 Mushroom Soup is cozy and comforting on a cold winter day.  But did you know mushrooms can also help boost your mood?  Mushrooms are high in Vitamin D and studies show people with high levels of vitamin D are less likely to experience depression.  So now would be the ideal time to blitz up this delicious and hearty soup. Ingredients: 1 16oz package Baby Bella (Crimini) Mushrooms, washed and sliced 1 16oz package white button mushrooms, […]
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Classic Hanukkah Latkes and Favorite New Recipes

LatkesLatkes, Potato Pancakes for Hanukkah Latke close upSweet Potato and Carrot Latkes Traditional Potato Latkes 3 cups Yukon Gold potatoes 2 whole eggs 1/2 cup flour salt and pepper to taste Vegetable oil for frying 1/4 cup chopped scallions, sautéed chopped onions, or leeks (optional) Sour cream, chives and applesauce for dipping Directions: Peel the potatoes, then grate them by hand or through a processor and place in a colander.  Rinse with cold water, […]
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Halloween Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairing

When I realized I was too old to trick-or-treat, I decided it was time to start dressing up and stay IN for Halloween!  It’s such fun inviting guests over, decorating and serving some spooky inspired nibbles and sips.  Here are a couple recipes I made and wine I plan on serving.  But before we get to that, I wanted to share some tips for flawless entertaining. Don’t overcommit. When someone offers to bring food, napkins, […]
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Easy Weeknight Meals with Superfood Sweet Potatoes

Think sweet potatoes are just for the holidays? I was challenged by a local TV station to create some dishes that are anything but the ordinary baked sweet potato with brown sugar or marshmallows.  And do you know how healthy these little spuds are? They have over 200% Vitamin A, and high amounts of Vitamin B, beta carotin, potassium and antioxidants.  And they couldn’t be easier to prepare.  I like to julienne them, then sauté  […]
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A Tropical Getaway Without Leaving Home

Coconut shrimp I wish I could say I took a long vacation with my husband this summer. I wish I could say I’ve had any type of getaway at all recently! But alas, work has kept me busy and homebound and I’m looking for an escape route.  I created these recipes inspired by the tropics so I could have a date night with my husband.  While you can tell I’ve been on a spicy margarita kick lately, nothing says vacation like rum! Making a cocktail and […]
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Cooking with Tequila and Recipes Inspired by National Tequila Day

resized tequila chicken It’s National Tequila Day and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than shaking up a perfect margarita! But instead of just sipping it, I wanted to share the easiest recipes for cooking  with Tequila.  It adds a smokey, oaky flavor that works well with grilled chicken and making it ahead of time and marinating overnight makes weeknight cooking a snap.  And don’t worry if you’re cooking for kids, the alcohol […]
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Chickpea Fries

  Image 1 Good Morning Texas on WFAA TV here in Dallas asked me to highlight the latest food trends.   In addition to the ancient grain craze (chia squeeze pouches, sprouted seed chips, etc.) it seems ‘exotic’ flours are also popular.  If you go to any natural food store you’ll see Black Bean Flour, Almond Flour, Rice Flour and Flaxseed Flour.  I experimented with chickpea flour (aka Garbanzo) and found these Chickpea […]
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How to Make The ancient buckwheat grain Kasha as a side dish

Today is Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. In my family, we celebrate like most holidays, with food! I’m making a gorgeous Israeli chopped salad, falafel and one of my favorite comfort foods, kasha. Kasha is a 1,000 year old ancient grain, also known as buckwheat, although despite its name, it is gluten free.  If you’re a fan of Asian food you’ll recognize it as the main ingredient in soba noodles. […]
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Spaghetti Bolognese using leftover meatballs

A sweet, rich meat sauce is always a welcome treat in my home.  My boys can’t get enough of spaghetti and meatballs, but my husband and I tire of eating the same thing several days in a row. This is an easy way to reinvent leftover meatballs. Just crumble, sauté along with your favorite jarred tomato sauce and add some fresh herbs to liven it up.  I also add a splash of cream. There is something so tangy and delicious about luscious heavy […]
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Dinner Reinvented on The Daily Buzz!

Who doesn’t love meatloaf, mashed potatoes and steam green peas? This classic American dish is a family favorite, but it could use some refreshing! I took the leftovers I had from dinner and created this simple shepherd’s pie.  It was featured on the national morning show, The Daily Buzz. If you missed it, you can watch the video for the easy how-to.  (It was also featured on Emotional Mojo tv,which is the next post).  I loved […]
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