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Jul28

Beef Shawarma Meatballs

Not long ago I had lunch at a little Lebanese restaurant and I discovered some really wonderful new dishes. One of these was shawarma, a meat mixture that is marinated in a spice blend, placed on a spit, and slowly grilled.  It is sliced thin and served with pita and other fresh garnishes.  It is very similar to a gyro but with distinctly different spices.  I fell in love!  The restaurant owner, of course, would not share their recipe...

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Jul26

Coconut Mango Rice Pudding

What do you do when you have a mango approaching over-ripeness and a half a can of coconut milk? I don’t know about you, but I turn it into rice pudding!   Mango and coconut are a perfect flavor match.  I love, for example, chunks of ripe mango with some toasted coconut scattered over the top.  For a while I considered making a coconut pudding with mango chunks in it, but that seemed sort of boring.  That is when I considered a...

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Jul22

Coconut Curry Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Noodles

When I get a craving for something I want instant satisfaction. Ask anyone who had ever accompanied me to an amusement park, waited with me in line, or sat with me while we waited for a table at a restaurant.  Patience is not one of my virtues.  In fact, I get down right testy when forced to wait against my will.   So, when a craving for a creamy Thai coconut curry hit I  knew I needed something that I could have on a plate, and...

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Jul19

Strawberry Nutella Crumb Bars

“Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.” — Amos Bronson Alcott I do not often discuss the struggles I go through testing and re-testing recipes because I am not sure how interesting my development process is to you all.  Some recipes come together with one try, but those are sadly few and far between.  Others, like this recipe, make me want to tear out my hair, weep, cry, and...

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Jul16

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Summer is in full swing, and that means in North Texas it is HOT, HOT, HOT! I am loathe to turn on the oven or stand over the stove when the temps are pushing 100F, but that does not mean I eat nothing but cold sandwiches and salads.  Oh no, what it means is instead of a big heavy meal I eat lots of smaller snack sized meals that require a minimum of fuss but pack a lot of flavor.  One of my favorite things to eat lately is hummus. ...

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