Monthly Archives: December 2012

16 Bean and Kale Soup

16 Bean and Kale Soup There are some who believe that eating beans on New Year’s Day can bring you good fortune for the year ahead.  Beans are said to represent coins. I can’t promise you will win the lottery this year, but I do know that this soup is really good for you and… continue reading »

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Shrimp and Feta Risotto

Shrimp and Feta Risotto Making risotto, to me, is like meditation. It involves all of your attention and focus on doing something so simple, repetitive and peaceful. It’s all about stirring the pot and adding the broth in intervals. Try this technique…you’ll end up in a trance that your family will probably knock you out… continue reading »

Maple Apple Crunchy Superfood Granola

Maple Apple Crunch Superfood Granola Let’s address what’s on your mind before we even begin. Yes, I do need to hire someone to name my recipes for me. I know. But, I feel a need to include details…too many. Brevity has never been part of my character. So, you probably remember these yummy apple chips! They were… continue reading »

Rosewater Fritters (Zalabia or Lokma)

Rosewater Fritters (Zalabia or Lokma) I struggled a bit over what to call these!  We called them lokma when I was young, but maybe to add to the confusion, my Mom wrote zalabia on the recipe.  The important thing is, they all mean the same thing:  fried, sweet, sticky goodness!  They are basically a donut… continue reading »

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade with Crostini

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade with Crostini This is one of those “raid the pantry” kind of recipes. You may already have everything you need to whip this up quickly for the holidays. With those festive colors, it’s perfect for this time of year. Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade 3 T. extra virgin… continue reading »

Armenian Easter Bread (Choereg)

Armenian Easter Bread ~ Choereg No, I don’t have my holidays confused! OK, so this is considered an Easter bread, but it’s just that good that our tradition has been to have this for Christmas morning every…single…year! Really, ever since our first Christmas after my son was born (oh my gosh…20 years ago!), we’ve had… continue reading »

Cranberry Pear Christmas Sangria - make this easy sangria with red or white wine. | @tasteLUVnourish | #sangria #cocktail #holiday

Cranberry Pear Christmas Sangria

Cranberry Pear Christmas Sangria 1 cinnamon stick 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 1 cup fresh cranberries, divided 1 pear, sliced zest from one orange 1/4 cup pear brandy (you can use any brandy you have on hand) 1 bottle white or red wine sparkling water In a small saucepan, over high heat, combine water,… continue reading »