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Don’t Toss It, Fix Your Kitchen Appliance

It could have been a disaster. With the entire meal staged, ingredients prepped and timed, my friends Bonnie and Doug waited in anticipation as I prepared to cook herb-crusted rack of lamb, grilled asparagus and potatoes a la boulangere. But when I flicked the switch on my old faithful KitchenAid Blender our ears were greeted […]

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Ethiopian-inspired & infused Lentil Soup with Chicken

I’ve prepared this soup in the heart of winter here in Southern California, my east-coast and middle US friends and readers will be quick to point out that the winter I’m experiencing here is barely comparable to the winter experienced elsewhere in the USA, Canada and the rest of the world. Nonetheless, we are experiencing […]

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Zilzil Alecha - Ethiopian Flavors Expressed Perfectly!

Ethiopia Dreaming: Zilzil Alecha—Prime Beef in Green Pepper Sauce

Though it’s been more than three years since I was cruising winding my way through Ethiopia and following the Nile River, exploring the ancient ruins of Lalibela and searching for the remains of Haile Selassie’s Lions and the tomb or memorial of Bob Marley. Though the donkey dealer I whom I tried to purchase one […]

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Zanzibar Mtuzi wa Samaki - Swahili Baked Halibut Curry

Zanzibar Inspired Baked Halibut Curry:
Mtuzi wa Samaki

With the heat of summer, the waves pounding on the beach and the palm trees swaying with the breeze, I find myself dreaming of Tanzania, the Indian Ocean and the historic island of Zanzibar. Just off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar has a colored history in that it served for years as the hub of […]

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What about corks?

In Corks I Sometimes Trust.

hat do you do with your old corks? Like many wine drinkers I do have a love-hate relationship with corks. Like so many crafts, there are some beautifully created corks, and there is a slew of mediocrity. Some years ago I showed up late to a personal  wine tasting at a tony Napa Valley winery. […]

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How much coffee is enough to brew the perfect cup?

Smell The Coffee? How Much For A Perfect Cup?

My love for coffee started at an early age. That is, I loved coffee ice cream. With all the flavors in the world, I was consistent and always chose coffee ice cream. I don’t eat much ice cream anymore, though wandering through the hilltop towns of Tuscany I am easily persuaded to indulge in a […]

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Burmese Chicken Lentil Curry

Now known as Myanmar and home to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the country once called Burna is nestled between India and China, Myanmar which means its food and culture influences and is influenced by both of its neighbors. With yellow lentils (chana dal) and spices (cumin, garam masala, etc.) are fond […]

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