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Stuffed Apple Rounds

Cheese-Filled Apple Rounds #SundaySupper

I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like.  That’s said, I’m always a little disappointed with cheese platters.  It’s like the cop out appetizer.  And you know what?  I cop out almost every time we have a dinner party.  I’m always concentrating on dinner and dessert so throwing some cheese on a platter with crackers seems excusable if I’m baking a pie from scratch, right?... read more →
Asian Inspired Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

Asian Inspired Salad

I’m not really a salad-for-a-meal kind of girl. I mean, I try to eat healthy and I do my best to make sure I’m eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, but when it comes to veggies, I prefer them cooked. You might hate me for writing this but I really hate Cesar salads. They are so boring. Romaine lettuce. Croutons.... read more →
Peach Berry Handpies

Freeze ‘Em for Later Peach Berry Hand Pies #SundaySupper

Why do every day leftovers feel so “meh” and other leftovers so “to die for”? I mean, why does the roasted chicken from two nights ago sit in the fridge waiting to be repurposed, but roasted Thanksgiving turkey gets devoured? I my gluttonous life, I am so anxious to eat Thanksgiving leftovers that I sometimes eat dinner twice on Thanksgiving. But that sautéed broccoli from... read more →

Avoiding Hangriness: The foods in my air travel snack pack

Have you ever been hangry (i.e, so hungry you are angry) or been around someone that’s hangry?  It’s not pretty. Try talking to me if I’ve been sans food for four or more hours.  I’m like a sleep-deprived toddler being strapped into a carseat in a car without air-conditioning.  Pouty, unreasonable, moody – all because I haven’t had food.  Couple hangriness with air travel and... read more →
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

Peanut Butter Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Birthday to the USA!  It’s hard to be so far from all of our friends and family who I know will be laughing, drinking, and grilling this weekend.  As I mentioned in my last post, the 4th is one of my favorite holidays.  Last night, Omar and I honored the holiday with an All-American meal of juicy, homemade burgers, oven baked fries, and peanut... read more →

Summer Grilling Favorites!

We’ve entered peak grilling season!  For my fellow Americans, the grand Fourth of July celebration is next weekend!  Here in Rabat, it will be low key since we’ve entered the month of Ramadan and this means most of the population is fasting.  If you missed it, Omar and I celebrated America’s independence with quite a fete at the US Embassy last month.  You can catch... read more →
Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

We have one lone spoon that somehow escaped storage and made the move to Rabat with us.  Every time I grab the spoon, it brings a smile to my face.  It’s like having a little piece of our prior homes right in my hands.  It sounds silly, but the luster and weight of the spoon often gives me a fleeting feeling of our house in... read more →
Apricot Fennel Salad

Apricot Fennel Salad

Summer means fresh fruits are in abundance!  I love incorporating fruits into my summer recipes, fruit salsas, fruit based desserts, jams, compotes, or salads — fruits take on a major role in my kitchen.  If you are a regular reader, you know that my mother lives in central Florida and is fighting a battle against breast cancer.  As a result, I’ve been spending quite a... read more →
Brown Lentil Curry

Brown Lentil Curry

The luxury in grocery shopping in developed countries is convenience and variety.   I drool at summer recipes of strawberries (or any berry really), spinach, and even black beans.  The small grocery stores and local markets in Rabat sell ingredients for Moroccan cuisine.  Outside of that, it’s a hunt for specialty ingredients.  The challenge for me is finding is either in finding special ingredients or new... read more →