Light & refreshing Yogurt Dip with Crudites

Light & refreshing Yogurt Dip with Crudites

I always like to have appetizers available for hungry family and guests to munch on as we are preparing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  I usually put out the traditional cheese and crackers to graze on as we are sipping wine and preparing the meal. But I find it is nice to offer a lighter, fresher option as well.  Most people want to save room for the big meal, but they need a little something to take the edge off..especially if it is an early dinner and they didn't have lunch. I made this…
A Citrusy & Refreshing Thanksgiving Salad

A Citrusy & Refreshing Thanksgiving Salad

My family loves a salad at Thanksgiving and this one is our "tried and true" favorite!  (it works equally well at Christmastime). It is crisp and refreshing and pairs well with all of the other flavors of Thanksgiving!  It is the perfect compliment to the rich & delicious dishes that are traditionally on a Thanksgiving table. It doesn't have squash in it (which is most likely already on the table in some form), or tomatoes  (which don't really work with this meal). This salad adds a new flavor sensation...."tart & juicy citrus", spicy…
Ratatouille Style Shakshuka

Ratatouille Style Shakshuka

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provencal style stewed vegetable dish. It is usually served as a side dish with dinner, but is also used in breakfast and lunch settings.  It consists mainly of Tomatoes, onion, zucchini, eggplant, peppers & herbs like herbes de Provence. It is typically prepared as a stew of squash, with each vegetable being sautéed separately before being layered into a baking dish and baked. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in tomatoes, chile peppers & cumin. It is of Tunisan and Moroccan Jewish origin. It is very easy to prepare and makes a…
French Crepes with an American Twist

French Crepes with an American Twist

My son Mac is engaged to a wonderful young French woman named Cindy who happens to be a pretty expert crepe maker! I asked her to come over this Sunday for brunch to show me the secret to making the best French Crepes. The deal was that she would make the crepes and I would make the inside part. She had quite a challenge because I did not have a real crepe pan, but we ended up with some very nice crepes anyway!  (guess what I want for Christmas..) Crepes are really just…
Summer Comes to the Central Park Conservatory

Summer Comes to the Central Park Conservatory

5/28/15 The Central Park Conservatory is one of the most beautiful parts of the park. It is way up at the northeast corner of the park right next to The Harlem Meer. Many people never wander up that far, but if you ever get a chance it is well worth a trip! It is a six acre formal garden in Central Park and they take immaculate care of it. It is divided into three sections with a different garden style in each; Italian, French & English. They are always planting new flowers and…
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