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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 →
This tannery has been operational since the 1800s.

The Fes Medina – An Assault on the Senses

We recently took a last minute weekend trip to Fes, the Moroccan city that is (or should be) on the “must-see” list for every tourist to Morocco.  Although Casablanca has name recognition, Fes, the third largest city in Morocco is–well, an experience not to be missed.   Our first trip to Fes was last summer, but we spent our time in the new part of the... read more →
Lemon Coconut Macaroons

Lemon Coconut Macaroons – Just 6 Ingredients!

I’m back in Rabat and writing this from a little red chair on my tiny (think smaller than a twin sized bed) front balcony.  Many, if not most, of the apartments here have patios, porches, or balconies, but there isn’t a culture of spending time in these spaces.  From what I’ve observed, most families convert these areas into a functional outdoor space for drying laundry,... read more →
Homemade Bibimbap

Homemade Bibimbap

Bibimbap is popping up all over the place these days.  Lunch joints, quick dinner take-aways, or traditional Korean restaurants, bibimbap is one of my favorite dishes.  It’s an all in one—veggies, rice, beef, with an egg on top.  A perfectly balanced meal of sweet and savory all in one bowl.  Personally, I prefer the dolsot bibimbap, served in a Dolsot clay bowl, leaving the rice... read more →
Ginger Grouper

Settling the Stomach with Ginger

“Clean” is a very specific flavor adjective in the Taiwanese language.  It is not quite the same as “clean eating” popular in the US, because instead of focusing on the ingredients or preparation, the Taiwanese adjective refers primarily to the flavor profile.  The “clean” adjective often refers to a light, simple, and refreshing flavor.  It also has a connotation of coziness and comfort, think chicken... read more →