Aug 10 2011

crispy garlic chicken

This is a guest post from Hilary Phelps. As a former swimmer, an Ironman triathlete and a certified yoga instructor, Hilary has never said no to a challenge – including creating quick and easy meals for any night of the week. Thank you Hilary for sharing your favorite Crispy Garlic Chicken recipe.


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Aug 7 2011

salată de sfeclă

Romanian cuisine is quite diverse due in part to it’s geographical position in Eastern Europe. It’s cuisine has evolved through influences from many invading nations including Turkey, Russia, Germany, and Hungary.

Some of Romania’s traditional dishes include; mamaliga (polenta), sarmale (cabbage rolls with rice and minced pork), eggplant salad (salată de vinete), salată de sfeclă (beet salad), and vişinată (a type of cherry liqueur, pronounced vi-she-na-tuh).

Although Romania is not a rich country, people take pride in the fact that they are able and willing to offer strangers the best they have and hospitality is often expressed through food.


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Jul 31 2011

m is for manuka

Think of New Zealand and what may come to mind are the words Maori and Middle Earth but how about Manuka honey?

Living in the USA, I had not heard of Manuka Honey until a few months ago. I was on the phone talking to a girlfriend in the UK, telling her about my 23 year old son’s stomach woes; he had been suffering with gurd and gastric issues – when she mentioned this honey. “What you need is Manuka honey” she said, “You can buy it at Costco”. She went on to tell me that a friend of hers “swore by the stuff”, claiming that taking a spoonful of Manuka honey a day had really helped with her gastric problems. (At this point I start hearing Mary Poppins singing “A Spoonful of Sugar” in my head!)
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Jul 31 2011

picture me cooking

Food was love when I was growing up. Dinner table discussion was mandatory and to refuse dessert was a personal affront. But more than food, meals were an excuse for the family to cook together in the kitchen. The memories of my mother patiently applauding my torn up, tough pie dough or crying with my father as we cut an onion still make me smile. We have precious few pictures but Picture Me Cooking fixes that for my young family.

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