In search of an authentic Caldo Verde?

February 23, 2012


What defines authentic cuisine? Why is an authentic recipe always the most sought after? Who verifies whether a dish is authentic or not? I continue to make an effort to prepare authentic Ghanaian food for my husband. I know what the authentic food tastes like. I use all the same ingredients that go into the authentic […]

What’s there to decide about Cinnamon Rolls?

February 14, 2012


I made a decision earlier this year. A new year’s resolution in fact: to learn how to work with yeast. So far, I have made pizza dough, naan, and these here cinnamon rolls. I’m doing pretty good! I realized though the decision to follow through on such a resolution has required me to make a […]

Have Baked Eggs set the bar?

January 31, 2012


Some strange, but lovely and relatively talented cook has taken up residence in my kitchen. She feeds us good food. On Saturday, she served us fluffy pancakes, drizzled with a crimson triple berry sauce, warm maple syrup, and a dollop of butter melting down the sides. She made red wine braised short ribs, falling off the bone atop a pile of roasted garlic […]

Is it important to drink organic Cranberry Carrot Ginger Juice?

January 15, 2012


I was sick throughout the first week of 2012. But I still had to go grocery shoppping, and I went harboring in my heart grand plans for a hearty, chicken soup. I rolled into the produce section, with a sore throat, stuffy nose, and that dragging “I feel sick” fatigue, seeking out onions, carrots, celery, and […]

Did you say Mint-tea Hot Chocolate?

December 22, 2011


Here’s the thing about hot chocolate. I love it! My mom has a recipe for the best hot chocolate mix, to which only hot water needs to be added because it includes powdered milk and powdered non-dairy creamer… plus lots of sugar! I don’t want to knock that recipe. It really is like chocolate heaven […]

Would you like to discuss Ginger Pear Crisp?

December 16, 2011


I have been doing some baking, so I would love to talk about the Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins I made last week! Or perhaps Cranberry Orange Sour Cream muffins are a preferable topic. Or maybe Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles, or what if I tell you about Ginger Pear Crisp? Well, actually, what I want to […]

How about a side of empowerment with that Thanksgiving meal?

November 23, 2011


I was reading yesterday about a theory called Health Self Empowerment (outlined in Chapter 40 of this book). This is a health psychology framework for health promotion particularly designed to target cultural health disparities. In applying this theory, counselors seek to motivate sustained health change by encouraging positivity about progress at every small step along the way toward an implementable health […]