Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes

Tomato Fish Soup in 30 minutes

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 do is put a casserole on the stove over a medium heat.  Add an onion, a few garlic cloves and spices.  Then pour in a can of whole tomatoes, mix and let simmer until tomatoes break down.  Finally throw in a mixture of …

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Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions

Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions

A Versatile Vegan Tomato Sauce
I usually try to feature here recipes for tasty healthy versions of otherwise ordinary dishes or for extraordinary dishes that will wow your family and guests.  Although most people already know how to make an Italian-style tomato sauce to use on pasta, I’ve been asked several times to share my recipe for Vegan Tomato Sauce as it is as yummy as it is nourishing.

I often use this Vegan Tomato Sauce in my vegetarian lasagna or other pasta dishes that I bake in the oven. The tofu in this recipe makes it easier to reduce the amount of cheese used in my lasagna as…

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Fresh Red Beet Pasta

Fresh Red Beet Pasta

Why Bother Making Fresh Red Beet Pasta?
Recently I developed a recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese, which was absolutely yummy.  Of course, I may be a bit biased.  So don’t rely on my word, try it yourself and see how delicious is this ravioli dish!

The red beets in the pasta make the dough a vibrant purple color, which will certainly make any plate look more attractive.  The red beets also add dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will help you and your family remain healthy.  Contrary to common belief, red beets are not high in sugar; sugar makes up on…

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

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 I was testing out recipes for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese with one of my Belgian sisters, she started harvesting pumpkins from her vegetable garden.

 

 

As I love pumpkin, espec…

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Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

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 on spending 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 and restaurants, and spy on the hordes of people strolling on the main street, Hlavná ulica.

Hlavná ulica is such a vibrant street with a park, musical fountains, and loads of statues dividing the broad street in…

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Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes

Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes

What Makes this Recipe for Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes Genuine?
Months ago before I started planning my Journey to Greece, 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 about this trip.  Why not spend time in Greece learning local and family recipes from such a good cook?  I’d be able to enjoy some long-deserved vacation while gathering materials for my blog.  Ok, twis…

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Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic

Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic

Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic Makes a Quick Yummy Meal
Not everyone enjoys the strong-licorice flavor of fresh fennel.  It can be a bit overwhelming if you eat a lot of it in one sitting.

Fennel offers many health benefits, making it worthwhile to find ways to include it in your diet.  Full of good intentions, I often buy fennel at the grocery store and farmers’ market, hoping to find a way during the coming days to use it.  Chopped fennel with some slices of orange and a vinaigrette dressing makes an easy salad.

However, when cooked fennel’s pronounced taste becomes more subdued a…

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Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto on Pasta is a Springtime Favorite
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 a variation of garlic, but rather a variation of leek.

At 16 years old I lived  on a farm in Belgium as an exchange student.  Farm life was different in almost every way from my life in Los Angeles.  After school I’d walk home to the farm, a few kilometers fro…

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Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

What makes Sunday family meals so simple yet so special?
After rushing around all week, Sunday rolls around and lets us slow down and enjoy our families and friends.  A meal together, a stroll in the park, or whatever else your family does to reconnect together.

While growing up in Los Angeles, Sunday brunch was my family’s main event.  We often enjoyed bagels, lox, and cream cheese along with whitefish, creamed herring and dill pickles. We had a period when my father made his famous scrambled eggs with everything in it (dried salami, onions, green peppers, and much more).  He would wake u…

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Quick Puff Pastry Dough

Quick Puff Pastry Dough

How do you make a Quick Puff Pastry Dough?
What do you do when you want to make puff pastry dough (pâte feuilletée) but don’t want to go through all the effort?  Puff pastry dough is ideal for appetizers, quiches, light desserts and even just on its own with a little flavored sugar drizzled on top.

To make a genuine puff pastry dough, butter needs to be kneaded into rectangular slabs of dough folded over themselves several times.  It’s not terribly difficult but does take a certain amount of patience and repetition.    Many new bakers are intimidated by the effort needed and instead choose…

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Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

What fruit pie is your favorite in the summer?
Peach, Nectarine and Plum pie has been my family’s favorite these past few years.  We look forward to the moment when the peaches, nectarines and plums are at their freshest and fill up the grocer’s stalls at a reasonable price.  This week that ideal moment has finally arrived, just in time for my daughter’s birthday celebration.

I should confess that I have not actually waited until this week to make this wonderful pie.  I’ve already been “practicing” for the past 10 days, bringing a pie to a friend’s house for dinner and making another for m…

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Top 5 Saffron Recipes

Top 5 Saffron Recipes

What makes saffron so special?
A couple months ago I announced the creation of a new board called Saffron Recipes! on Pinterest.

As the most expensive spice in the world, saffron is usually sold by the gram. Fortunately, you need only a small amount of saffron to give your dish the special touch of color and taste.

One reason the price is so high for saffron is that gathering it is very labor intensive. Saffron comes from the 3 stigmas of the flower of the female crocus plant. Each flower contains only 3 stigmas, which must be picked carefully by hand, separated, sorted and then dried. …

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Ginger Syrup Made at Home

Ginger Syrup Made at Home

What is the difference between ginger syrup and ginger beer?
Ginger syrup is made by cooking ginger with water and sugar until you obtain a syrupy consistency (see recipe below).  Meanwhile ginger beer is traditionally a fermented beverage created by mixing ginger syrup (once cooled) with a mother culture (ginger beer plant) and leaving this mixture to ferment for a few days.  The process for making ginger beer is very similar to the process for making other popular cultured and fermented drinks, such as Kombucha and water kefir.  Once you learn to make one, it will be easy for you to start m…

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5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for a vegan breakfast for Mother’s Day?
Here are 5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day that you and/or your kids can make without needing to know how to cook. The recipes have been selected to provide a variety of traditional breakfasts with vegans in mind. Your mom will love any of these breakfasts, and especially the thought that goes into it.

Each of these recipes can be adapted to suit the tastes your mother or wife. So feel free to be creative and make substitutions (especially of fruit) as you like.

These 5 recipes are not presented in any special orde…

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5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for breakfast for your mother or the mother of your children?
Here are 5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day that any one can make without much fuss. Ok, with a little fuss, but they all look like they’ve taken more thought and effort than they actually do. Each of these recipes are bound to put a smile on your mom’s face!

I’ve tried to select different types of breakfast to give you some ideas to start your creative thinking. Of course, each of these recipes may be adapted to suit the tastes of the mother being honored. For instance, if the recipe calls for blueberri…

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