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 bit of time with her and focusing on crafting new recipes that are healthy AND delicious for us to enjoy together. Recently, ... Read More

Balsamic Roasted Beets and Carrots

Balsamic Roasted Beets and Carrots

It’s been a month since resolutions were made.  For many of the people around me, new year resolutions are focused on healthier lifestyle habits.  Indeed, many of my friends and colleagues started 2014 on a diet.  While I over-indulged over the holiday season (who doesn’t?), this year I one of my goals is to stay committed to a regular workout routine.   My goal for working out is not a weight loss goal, instead it is a goal to maintain overall health and wellness. Before our move to Morocco, ... Read More

Fennel, Eggplant, and White Bean Soup


Our Thanksgiving holiday was action packed and as a result, I've been slow in coming with a new post.  We had two Thanksgiving celebrations, one with Moroccan friends and colleagues, and other with American ex-pats.  I've got pics and recipes to share from the feasts, but here is a recipe that will help with the post-holiday de-tox. I try to sneak in some healthier meals between all those holiday goodies that surround us at this time of year. The soup below highlights my new love for fennel.  ... Read More

Roasted Veggies with Chickpeas (Moroccan Style)

Roasted Veggies redux with Marguez Sausages

One thing I love about Fall and Winter is the coziness that accompanies these two seasons.  Sweaters, fleece, scarves, layers of blankets, I love it all.  In the kitchen it means lots of oven time and normally, slow cooker meals.  Sadly, this year my slow cooker is sitting in a storage unit, along with its friends, the stand mixer, food processor, blender and a few others.  This means, my little oven is going to be doing all of the heavy lifting in bringing the warmth and coziness to my ... Read More

Marrakech Adventures & Lentils and Rice at Home


We spent this past weekend in Marrakech and even though it was HOT (allegedly up to 45 C or 113 F) we had a wonderful time.  Omar and I stayed at an intimate riad in the Marrakech medina.  What is the riad?  Since this is neither an architectural blog nor a true travel blog, I’ll be brief. A riad is a traditional Moroccan palace or home.  Central to the structure is an interior, open-air courtyard, usually with a water feature in the center.  The rooms of the riad are situated around the ... Read More

All Around White Bean Dip

White Bean Dip

  We’re back from vacation and I must be 10 pounds heavier.  We don’t have a scale, so I can’t really be sure, but after all the pasta, cured meat, cheese, wine, and gelato I’ve consumed, I don’t need a scale.  I need to work out.  While I’d like to say that I’m ready to get back to a normal, healthier diet, the truth is, I just want more pasta and pizza.  Refined carbs.  That’s what I want.  They are so evil that way.  Then again, my pants feel tight so I know I need to strike a ... Read More

As the romance wears off, I present Cabbage Slaw – 2 Ways

Rabat - Mausoleum

I'm about to share a great recipe for a cabbage that works well as a salad and as a cooked side dish for a leftovers redux.  Consistent with my efforts to prepare daily meals for lunch and dinner, we had the cabbage slaw for lunch with soup and then I cooked it as a side dish with chicken for dinner the next day.  It was my husbander's idea to sauté the cabbage for dinner and it was a great way to re-purpose the leftovers. Before we get to the recipe, it's time to admit that the romance of ... Read More

Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets

Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets

After my first week in Rabat, I’m enamored with my access to fantastic produce here.  It’s actually the opposite of Costco and despite my love for Costco, I really enjoy my local produce stand. About two to three times a week, I leave our apartment and walk three blocks to pay a visit to our produce man.  It’s a moment that makes me feel like I’m on Sesame Street.  He sees me coming, waves, and smiles.  Then, it is a tasting, smiling, language lesson, produce extravaganza.  Even after a short ... Read More

My First Moroccan Harira


We made it!  It's been two weeks since my last post and I'm guilt laden for not getting a post up sooner, but it turns out, moving overseas is no small task.  My regular computer and command center for blogging isn't set up yet, so this post comes from my netbook on a small dining table from our apartment in Rabat.  Just the same, I've got pictures and my first Moroccan recipe to share! Since we arrived last Thursday, I've shopped our local produce stand, butcher, wine shop, and small grocery ... Read More