Taco Bar for #WeekdaySupper

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I have a weakness for make-your-own bars. Bruschetta bar. Bellini bar. Waffle bar. Pizza bar. Burger bar. Pasta bar. Baked potato bar. Ice cream sundae bar. Taco Bar. I’ll take them all. I love the spread. All of the colorful and enticing options laid out before you. It’s the opposite of ordering from a menu. Instead of not knowing what you’ll get and feeling like you are asking for a favor when you request “a little extra of this” or “none of that,” the world is yours with a make-your-own bar. Everyone gets exactly what they want. It’s like a buffet without the clash of shrimp cocktail next to French toast sticks (#buffetdilemmas). I used to only prepare make-your-own bars for dinners at home with family because these dinners are casual and a little messy. Then, I discovered that the best dinner parties were always the casual ones. Sure, a roast lamb is delicious, but it can make guests feel like, well, guests. Sometimes, fancy is fun, but calm and casual tends to be more my style these days. In the expat world, expat friends come and go frequently. It’s like adult summer camp. You go from strangers to BFF in a matter of weeks, especially if one of you is only in country for a few months. We’ve meet people at parties one weekend and had them over for dinner the next week. We’ve even had people we’d never met before over for dinner after being introduced by email via a mutual friend. Enter taco bar. It’s the best. It can be vegetarian friendly and gluten-free and ... Read More

Corsica Part 2: Adventures in Corisca on the Mare e Mare Sud

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared Part 1 of our 5-day hike in Corsica on the Mare e Mare Sud. We started our hike with a night in Porto Vecchio, on the Southeastern coast of Corsica. The next day we hiked to along a country road and up some steep terrain where we spent the night in Cartalavonu, and roasted in a small room with no air conditioning and a boiler under it! Day 3 was supposed to be short, until we got lost, then found our way to the wonderful town of Levie. If you want the full ... Read More

Beermosas for the #SundaySupper Pool Party!

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This week’s #SundaySupper event is hosted by the Sunday Supper Movement and focuses on recipes for a pool party.  I’m bringing beermosas! It’s a lovely casual cocktail where a beer and mimosa collide! My sister-in-law, Dahlia, was the one who introduced me to beermosas. She lives in Williamsburg, and has lived in Brooklyn since before it was filled with hispters and young professionals. I always count on Dahlia to bring me up to speed on the latest tech and food trends. A while back, we were ... Read More

Corsica Part 1: Adventures on the Mare e Mare Sud

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I’m getting over a vacation hangover. That feeling you get when you had a little too much fun on vacation and reality takes longer to rejoin that you normally expect. Emails seem less urgent, impending deadlines feel further than they really are, and chores? Meh. A pile of dirty laundry never hurt anyone. My vacation hangover is from our ten-day vacation in Corsica. We spent five days on a coast to coast hike and the last five days lazing around doing barely anything except picking out ... Read More

Cherry, Pistachio, and Honey Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers

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I’m pumped to be a part of the Bundt Bakers group and this is my first recipe with them! Bundt Bakers is a group of bakers who get together once a month and bake around a central theme or ingredient. July’s theme is fruits and nuts, hosted by Shilpi from Simply Veggies. There are over 20 recipes for fruity, nutty Bundt cakes this month. Yum. For this event, I decided to use the luscious summer cherries that are in peak season in much of the U.S. right now. You know, those fresh, juicy ... Read More

Soul-searching, simplicity, and a Artichoke, Feta, and Bacon Tart

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It happened. I took a month off from blogging. Soul searching. Re-prioritizing. Re-energizing. For a few months now, I’ve been struggling with content for eating in instead. I started this blog in 2012 as a small side project, simply posting whatever I happened to be cooking. My goal was to share my recipes in an effort to inspire others to get comfy in the kitchen. Then, in 2013, we moved. And not just a move to a new home, but a trans-Atlantic move to a country I never stepped foot in. ... Read More

Shrimp and Asparagus with 5 ingredients #SundaySupper

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Two times a year, I spend 6-8 weeks apart from my husbandy to fulfill my teaching obligations in Washington, DC. This means leaving Rabat and moving into a tiny furnished apartment, with an even tinier kitchen. In fact, the kitchen is downright depressing. I have to tolerate horrible cookware, virtually no counter top space, and because my time is so temporary, a limited pantry. While there are plenty of delicious dining options in DC, eating out all of the time is hard on the waistline and ... Read More

No Mayo Curry Chicken Salad for #WeekdaySupper

No Mayo Curry Chicken Salad

When I was just learning to cook, I did not like to handle raw meat. I avoided any recipe that called for me to handle raw meat with my bare hands. This basically meant no meatballs, no lamb chops, no burgers, and hardly any chicken on the bone--forget whole chicken.   I’m not sure what it was about raw meat at the time, but I just did not want to touch it. Perhaps it was the cool, damp, dare I say – slimy -- surface. Or maybe the risk of food contamination. Or the very likely possibility that I ... Read More

A chocolate coconut milk tapioca pudding for my mom

Chocolate Coconut Tapioca Pudding

It’s Mother’s Day! Did you know that according to Wikipedia, 85 countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May? That’s a lot of moms being honored today. It’s easy to tout the greatness of moms in a short two-liner on Facebook or in a card, but my mom is a complex person so in addition to my obligatory Facebook post, I’m taking today to give a deeper glimpse into my mom and me. In late 2013, my mother was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. What followed in the first six ... Read More

Cal-Mex Avocado and Egg Salad #SundaySupper

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This week's Sunday Supper features a wealth of recipes for your Easter or Passover Leftovers.  A big shout-out to Liz, of That Skinny Chick Can Bake for hosting!  On that note, if you happen to find yourself with an excess of hard-boiled eggs today, the rest of this week, or ever, I’ve got just the recipe for you! If you are a regular at eating in instead, you know that I am not a fan of mayo. Like never. Not even aioli. I make my potato salads without mayo. I make my tuna salads without mayo. ... Read More