Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes

Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes
(Skip to Recipe) How to make a Quick Tasty Tomato Fish Soup Tomato Fish Soup is one of my favorite soups at home and in restaurants.  There are so many ways to make fish soup, some simple, others a little more complicated.  This recipe is super easy to make in less than an hour. You can make this Tomato Fish Soup in a single pot, making your clean up afterwards much easier.   All you need to ...
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Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta
(Skip to Recipe) The Vegan Eggplant Lasagna Challenge I have made vegetarian lasagne countless times.  Yet, I've always added cheese to each layer.  Sometimes I reduce the amount of cheese I use by mixing ricotta cheese with eggplant puree together.  I'll have to share my vegetarian lasagna some time, as it's my son's favorite.   What is Vegan Eggplant Lasagna? Last week I seemed desti...
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Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam

Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam
(Skip to Recipe) How My Groceries Inspired this Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam   Shopping Late at Night Last night on my way home around 1 am, I passed a Food 4 Less, a huge discount supermarket.  It's not my ordinary place to shop, but I figured it was an ideal time to check it out. I love how many supermarkets in Los Angeles stay open 24/7 so shoppers can stop in whenever they wa...
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Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese
(Skip to Recipe) Why Not a Pumpkin Variation for a New Family Favorite? During a stay in Kosice, Slovakia at the end of my Journey to Greece, I fell in love with a vegetarian red beet pirohy (pierogi) dish served with fresh spinach and goat cheese.  To discover more about my love story with this delicious wholesome dish, read my recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese. While ...
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Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese
(Skip to Recipe) What Inspired this Soul-Fulfilling Red Beet Ravioli Dish? Towards the end of my Journey to Greece, I spent a few days in Kosice, Slovakia, near the Hungarian, Polish and Ukrainian borders.  I initially planned to spend one night in Kosice, yet immediately fell in love with its old town.  I ended up staying three nights so I could leisurely visit the town, hang out in its cafes a...
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Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes

Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes
(Skip to Recipe) What Makes this Recipe for Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes Genuine? Months ago my friend, Diamantis, described how his wife, Thomais, made the absolute best Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes (in Greek known as Gemista).  In fact, his accolades of his wife's wonderful cooking and his invitation for me to come learn at her side first gave me the idea to embark on my Journey to Greec...
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Authentic Greek Pasticcio

Authentic Greek Pasticcio
(Skip to Recipe) What makes this Pasticcio Recipe Authentic? Greek restaurants all over the world prepare Pasticcio (also known as Pastitsio).  Not surprisingly, families and taverns all over Greece also make it.  Most families follow a recipe passed on to them by a dear family member and then adjusted over time to satisfy personal taste.   What is Pasticcio? Those unfamiliar with Past...
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Hungarian Goulash Soup Made at Home

Hungarian Goulash Soup Made at Home
(Skip to Recipe) A Cooking Extravaganza with friends in Budapest On my travel through Hungary at the start of my Journey to Greece, I spent three wonderful days with friends outside of Budapest.  My friends have twin five-year-old children so we planned to spend much of our time at home cooking traditional local dishes. Little did I know how many dishes we would prepare on my second day there...
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Tasty and Healthy Sesame Noodles

Tasty and Healthy Sesame Noodles
(Skip to Recipe) What makes these Sesame Noodles my go-to dish for lunch?   The Ease of Making Sesame Noodles Working at home has several benefits, including an easy commute to work and dressing sporty casual every day of the week.  My favorite benefit, however, remains being able to prepare tasty healthy lunches in less than 30 minutes. Over the years I've tried many variations of sal...
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Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto
(Skip to Recipe) Wild Garlic Pesto on Pasta is a Springtime Favorite   Memories Triggered by Wild Garlic The sense of smell can trigger strong memories, no matter how faraway they may be.  Wild garlic, also known by many other names, such as ramps, spring onion, ramson, wild leek, bear's garlic, and wood leek, is probably my most faithful olfactory trigger.  Wild garlic is not actually ...
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Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions
(Skip to Recipe) What makes Sunday family meals so simple yet so special? After rushing around all week, Sunday rolls around and lets us slow down to enjoy our families and friends.  A meal together, a stroll in the park, or whatever else your family does to reconnect together.   Sunday brunch in Los Angeles While growing up in Los Angeles, Sunday brunch was my family's main event.  ...
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Coconut Cream Pudding

Coconut Cream Pudding
(Skip to Recipe) (Cliquez ci-dessous pour la version française de la recette) Recette Creme noix coco -fr What makes Coconut Cream Pudding such an Ideal Yummy Dessert?   The Joys of a No-Fuss Dessert After preparing a fairly elaborate main course for lunch guests, sometimes I do not want to put a lot of effort in making a dessert.  This is especially true for a casual family Sunday lu...
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Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tomato Tarte Tatin
(Skip to Recipe) Tomato Tarte Tatin is Simply Elegant   What is a Tarte Tatin? You have probably heard of Apple Tarte Tatin (tarte tatin aux pommes), the French version of hot apple pie.  Slices of apple caramelized in a pan on the stove or in the oven before placing puff pastry dough on top and baking it further.  Before serving the pan is turned over so the pastry is on the bottom and...
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Chicons au gratin

Chicons au gratin
(Skip to Recipe) What are chicons au gratin? Chicons au gratin is a Belgian national dish consisting of braised Belgian endives  (aka chicons) wrapped in slices of baked ham and covered with a Mornay sauce and some grated cheese.  Steaming hot with a creamy cheesy sauce, chicons au gratin is comfort food par excellence.  The bitter Belgian endives mixed with the sweet baked ham also make a winni...
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Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings

Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings
(Skip to Recipe) What makes Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings a Fall Favorite? A couple years ago when I started my Vegan Before 6:00 diet I was looking for new fun ways to prepare vegan main dishes.  Around that time I was practicing how to make homemade dim sum.  I kept trying new dim sum recipes so I'd get the techniques down. As many of you know, I love pumpkin during the fall, especially in savory...
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