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Sticky Toffee Pudding

This year Christmas Eve’s dessert was Sticky Toffee Pudding.  I first had and fell in love with this dessert at the Golden Tea Garden in Hayward, and had made it once before.  It was a good choice.  I served it … Continue reading

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Mushroom Marsala Gnocchi

This was probably my favorite dish of my 2017 Christmas Eve dinner.  And no wonder, I love gnocchi, I love Marsala sauce, and the two together are just dynamite.  Indeed, even my husband who hates gnocchi couldn’t stop eating it … Continue reading

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Pear & Goat Cheese Salad with Caramelized Walnuts and Cranberries

I wanted to make a different salad for Christmas this year and finally decided on a pear and goat cheese salad.  Alas, I couldn’t decide on any particular recipe, so I ended up making my regular Mixed Green Salad with … Continue reading

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Spiced Chickpeas

I wanted a light snack with Middle Eastern flavors to accompany the mint pomegranate lassi I served as a first course for my Christmas 2017 dinner.  This recipe for chickpeas hit that spot.  They are good, easy to make, and … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Mint Lassi

I discovered this delicious drink at All Spice restaurant in San Mateo, and I was hooked.   I’m a big lover of sweet lassis, and I couldn’t believe I had never had a mint one before – when it seems like … Continue reading

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Cooking What I Missed: From Aguascalientes to French Guiana

I have been working on my International Foods Project for over 17 years.  I’m making my way through the world cuisines cooking alphabetically and I have yet to get to H!  And this, despite the fact that I have skipped … Continue reading

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I cook Bissau-Guinean, Guinean, Guyanese, Grenadan, Ghizhou, Guadeloupean, Equatorial Guinean and Gujarati food – and this is what I think

Seventeen years into my International Food Project, it’s become pretty clear that I’ll be lucky if I get to the middle of the alphabet before I die.  The real problem is that I get enthusiastic for a while, do a … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve 2015 Menu – Better Late than Never

For memory’s sake alone, I want to record here – over a year late – my menu for Christmas Eve 2015. My bathroom sink broke in December 2014, so that year we went out to dinner, but in 2015 my … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve 2016 Dinner Menu (with Recipes)

This year, my father and my friends Lola and Iggy came over for Christmas Eve dinner.  It was a simpler affair than in other years, with only eight courses.  I decided early on that I wanted to make a cheesecake … Continue reading

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Recipes from Guam, Guanajuato and Germany Up

Ìt’s been a long time, but I’ve finally updated my website with recipes of cuisines I’ve been working on lately.  You can find them here: Germany: Mushrooms & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, yum! Guam: Don’t miss the Beef & Coconut empanadas … Continue reading

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