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Monday, November 13, 2017

From My Own Kitchen: Pomegranate Milkshake (Reblog)

Years back started a pinboard dedicated to pomegranates. (See board description below.) Pinned this post and I am also reblogging and sharing a number of posts found at this wonderful blog.

Check out my collection of POMEGRANATES on Pinterest  (Recipes, products made with pomegranates, pomegranates in art, etc.)
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DESCRIPTION:  Pomegranates: wonder fruit; super food; delicious! ~ Researched the history of this exquisite exotic wonderful fruit and fell in love with it! ~ As if the crimson red color were not enough to make me hopelessly devoted. ~ Now on a mission to find and share all things foodie for this fruity delight! ~ http://wizzley.com/exotic-fruit-pomegranates/ ~ Board maintained by http://everydayspices.webs.com/

Do You Know the Truth About Pomegranates? Take a fun quiz.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Box Cake Mix or Cake From Scratch - Throw Down!

American TV personality Martha Stewart is the richest and most famous housekeeper/homemaker divas in the world.  Ms. Stewart's official Google Plus business page puts her occupation as “Businesswoman”.  It should say “Phenomenal Businesswoman par Excellence”.  In 2011, Forbes.com reported her net worth at $638 million; and in 2017, it was $970 million.

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On her Martha Bakes TV series, Ms. Stewart teaches you how to make all sorts of wonderful culinary delights, especially cakes, from scratch.

Jill Nystul, not as well-known as Ms. Stewart, but a diva in her own right, shares her tips on how to enhance a basic cake mix and turn your efforts into Crave-Worthy Cakes.

Stewart versus Nystul?
I'm in Nystul's corner. 

Others Who Agree With Nystul: Related Articles:

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oven-Baked Summer Squash Fries (Should Be in Your Winter Recipes)

A summer squash has a strong resemblance, in flavor and texture, to a zucchini. You can, in fact, substitute zucchini in this recipe, but it will probably bake a bit more quickly.


1 medium summer squash
2 eggs
1 ½ cups breadcrumbs (try panko breadcrumbs for a crunchier texture)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon mustard powder
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

How to Make It:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.

Cut your summer squash into wedges. Remove the seeds if they are quite large and set wedges aside.

Whisk the eggs in a dish and set aside.

In another dish, combine the breadcrumbs, paprika, mustard powder and salt and pepper.

Start by dipping the wedges, one by one, into the egg mixture and then the breadcrumb mixture. Place each wedge on the greased baking sheet. Continue until all the wedges are done.

You can bake the wedges as is for about 30-40 (until soft inside and golden brown on the outside) as is, but if you want a more golden texture, drizzle or spray some olive oil on top of the wedges. Flip halfway through baking.

Serve with ranch or another favorite dip.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Deviled Eggs Recipes for Halloween

It's that time of the year again. This is the week to make your final preparations to celebrate the Halloween holiday! When not working on my blogs, my online activity sometimes involves chatting with friends on myLot.com, a social network that pays you to make friends and engage in friendly banter.

A member at that site asked what would I bring to a party. My response was two things: a fruit platter and deviled eggs. The question brought back a a memory about all the church fellowships I've attended and all the office parties at my old jobs. Somebody always remembered to bring deviled eggs and that tray was usually the first party food to disappear! Decided to find some Halloween themed deviled eggs recipes to share. Hope you like them!!

Little Devil Deviled Eggs (kraftrecipes.com)

Little Devil Deviled Eggs

Spooky Monster Eyes | Avocado Deviled Eggs (scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com)

Spooky Monster Eyes (Avocado Deviled Eggs)

Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs (shockinglydelicious.com)

Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs

Halloween Deviled Eggs-4 ideas (happierthanapiginmud.blogspot.com)

Halloween Deviled Eggs-4 ideas

10 Disgusting (But Delicious!) Deviled Egg Recipes For Halloween (glofimustdie.fanbread.com)

10 Disgusting (But Delicious!) Deviled Egg Recipes For Halloween

Halloween GIF found at glitter-graphics.com

Halloween eggs
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25 Creative and Delicious Recipes To Inspire Your Inner Foodie | One Green Planet (Reblog)

Found this wonderful site via Tsū, a once popular social network that closed its doors. If you are not a vegan, this food blog could encourage you to at least "try" to modify or adjust your eating habits. They do it by publishing wonderful recipes. 

Sharing this link as an example:

25 Creative and Delicious Recipes That Will Inspire Your Inner Foodie | One Green Planet


Also talking this opportunity to claim my blog which I just added to Bloglovin.

10 Ways to Make Your Salads Interesting, Flavorful, and Crave-able!


Do You Heart Pomegranates?

Do you love pomegranates? I know I do! I would even like to start a movement with the goal of adding pomegranates to the traditional American Thanksgiving cornucopia. (Care to participate in the Thanksgiving cornucopia POLL and cast your vote? )

Pomegranates are so exotic and enjoy an exotic history!   Indeed it is the food of myth and legends.

They are the wonder food of ancient civilizations like Persia and Israel.  

In fact, in ancient Greece, pomegranates were considered an aphrodisiac.  

Two respected modern publications - The Globe and Mail, “Canada’s #1 national newspaper” and The NHS in England – both claim that the claims that pomegranates are a “super food” can be proven.

Shared the link via my post stream on Google Plus stream, but in case you didn't see it there, view it here. If you are on Pinterest, please visit my pinboard dedicated to POMEGRANATES? Started the board a couple of years ago and to date it has 100 pins: recipes (food and drinks), beauty and healthcare products, etc. 

 Blueberry Pomegranate - $5.00
Our Blueberry Pomegranate tea has a round fruity taste with a sweet and slightly tart finish. A wonderfully refreshing treat, perfect for any occasion! Floral, Sweet, Fruity

 Green Pomegranate - Award Winning - $5.00
Select organic green tea hand tossed in a large wok, dried to perfection, then carefully blended with organic raspberries and essence of pomegranate. Sweeten the senses with a tart and tangy rush to the palate. Also available in our Eco Pyramid Teabags here. Fruity, Sweet, Tart

Pomegranate juice in glass and pomegranates  on white
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Everyday Exotic Spices: Zanzibar Spices & Heritage Centre: The Continuing Story

A few years back, stumbled across an article detailing a delightful business success story about the efforts of Mzee Foum Garu aka Foum Ali Garu, a spice farmer in Zanzibar. 

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar and Pemba, its sister island, have a reputation for their spices. Spice farm tours are conducted for travelers to Tanzania. Tourists learn the origins and history of the spices produced in Zanzibar, their culinary and medicinal properties, and the traditional local uses. They also get to sample some delicious local dishes and a tasty “Tea Masala”. Natives and foreign students are invited to enroll at the Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute of Zanzibar to learn even more via an internship or a volunteer project.  Mr. Garu played an integral role in promoting and developing these tours and training courses.

Image credit: Spice farm, Zanzibar by Mark, on Flickr

The organization founded by Mr. Garu was mentioned in the 2013 write-up as “Zanzibar Organic Spice Products”. It is currently operating under the name “Zanzibar Organic Spice Growers (ZOSG)”, and also recognized by the name “Zanzibar Spices & Heritage Centre”. Mzee Foum Garu combined his experience, knowledge and skills for farming spices with several other small-scale farmers and they grow a wide range of cash crops. In addition to spices (cardamom, vanilla, betel nut, turmeric, cinnamon, curry leaves and nutmeg), they cultivate many tropical fruits and vegetables (such as hairy litchi, durian and jack fruit), and plants and trees (such as moringa, the henna plant, and the lipstick tree). There is a growing European market for these food products cultivated by the zanzibari farmers.

Image credit: Zanzibar Spices & Heritage Centre

The article that inspired this post was dated 2013, however, Foum Ali Garu began his work in the 90s. It's great to read that Garu's success has continued and that other local farmers are also benefitting from the agricultural initiatives he started and the entire region is profiting.

Interesting Food History: The first spices plantations were established by the Oman Sultan Sayid Sa’id in the 19th century.  ~  "Seyyid Said." Encyclopedia of World Biography. . Encyclopedia.com. 16 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.                     

Ingredients in this spice mound: 
Coriander, mustard, fennel, turmeric, cumin, sweet paprika, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cloves and white pepper.

Food and Drink : Are You a Cheese Lover?

Have always been told that cheese is healthy eating. Haven't you? Unless you're lactose intolerant and have a hard a hard time digesting dairy products, that is. But I received an article via eMail that said cheese might not be healthy. The headline was a shocker!

Cheese lover that I am!!   I respect the source, so I had to read further. Whew! I'm so relieved. They mentioned the “unhealthiest” cheeses to eat. Cheese singles, cheese spray and cheese dips. Had to laugh because I thought to myself: “Duh! Those products don't even count as cheese in my book!”  ☺

Nevertheless, the other information presented in the article about healthy cheeses and the diet tips made it a worthwhile read. This excerpt below quickly summarizes what the real aim of the article is.

“If you're a cheese lover, then there's good news for you. Not all cheese is bad for your diet. In fact, there are plenty of ways to include cheese in a weight loss or weight maintenance plan. You just need to be careful about what you buy and how much you eat.”

Here is a quick outline of the subtopics:
  • Healthiest Cheese Options
  • Unhealthiest Cheese Options
  • Health Benefits and Drawbacks of Cheese
  • Cheese and Weight Loss
  • Cheese Recipes

Frey, Malia. “The Smartest Ways to Include Cheese in Your Diet.” Verywell, 28 June 2017, https://www.verywell.com/cheese-nutrition-facts-calories-and-health-benefits-4117668. Cheese Nutrition Facts: Calories in Cheese and Health Benefits ~ Content reviewed by a board-certified physician.

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Additional Comments:

I'm not sure if there is any style or form of cheese that doesn't taste good to me. Have heard people say they don't like the taste of goat cheese. Maybe if they ate it in the form of a cheesecake they'd change their mind.

Definitely never ate a piece of cheesecake that I didn't like!

People may not need to be told about this food blog and website: “Williams-Sonoma Taste”. It seems to be very popular (meaning it has a pretty high Alexa ranking). But in case you never heard of it, sharing a link below. You can sign up to receive their recipes via e-Mail.

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This content first appeared at ForumCoin under the same title “Food and Drink : Are You a Cheese Lover?

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Duck with Star Anise Broth – Chef Kevin Ashton

Facebook Memories informed that I shared this recipe over a year ago. Have only had one food-tasting experience with duck. Wish I could have had more. But that one experience was more than enough to condition me. Now every time I see a duck recipe, I start salivating. A recipe like this one.

English: Ilicium verum, Schisandraceae, Star A...
English: Ilicium verum, Schisandraceae, Star Anise, Atar Aniseed, Badiane, Chinese Star Anise, fruits. The dried ripe fruits are used in homeopathy as remedy: Anisum stellatum (Anis.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The spice star anise is distilled to make star...
The spice star anise is distilled to make star anise oil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Widely used in Chinese and Indian cuisine, this whole spice resembles anise in flavor. Some stars may be broken and not entirely whole.

See also: SPICE SPOTLIGHT: Peppercorns

World Cuisine : Potatoes or Rice? Rice! It Has Jewels!!

Potatoes are wonderful food.  There is no limit to the recipes for preparing them.  But if one were to ask me about rice.  I would say the same thing.  If someone were to ask me to choose between a potato dish and a rice dish, I would have to go with this rice dish.  How could I resist?  It so pretty and exotic!  Plus.  It has jewels!

Persian Jeweled Rice is a spectacular rice pilaf topped with colorful gem-like fruits and nuts ~ this popular wedding dish is a celebration in itself!

More rice dishes you'll love just as much!

This rice dish has cranberries is a perfect American Thanksgiving side dish. Don't you think so?


Rosh Hashanah Sweet Basmati Rice with Carrots & Raisins | mayihavethatrecipe.com

Your Kids Are Going To LOVE These 4 Fried Rice Ideas | buzzfeed.com

Friday, October 6, 2017

Foodie Friday ~ Sampling Fast Food World Cuisine is a Fun Do!

Found this site called Delhi-Fun-Dos. As you probably guessed by the name, it's about fun things you can do in Delhi. Well, I know that the likelihood that I will ever travel to India is somewhere on my life's timeline between “slim chance” and "never gonna happen!"
But we can all travel the world online via the worldwide web and so I visited Delhi and guess what I found?  Wendys!!

My behavior is so typical American.   Right?  Travel around the world and what do we look for when we land in another country?  Same thing we have back home.  Duh!
Not true of me.  I really do want to experience the life and culture of the people in a land different my own.  But as soon as I got to site I saw the article about Wendys.  Couldn't help it!  I was curious!
We only have a bazillion Wendys fast food restaurants in America but saw the link and had to take a peek!   I'm thinking:

Wendys is on a “Fun Do List” of things to do in Delhi?

So I read the article and now I'm upset! I'm upset because we don't Paneer delight in our Wendys restaurants here in Texas.

I think every once in a while, our restaurants should offer, even if for “for a limited time only”, a taste of a popular dish from another country.

It's a great way to encourage food diversity and an appreciation for world cuisine and global flavors.
What do you think?
Is this idea doable?

Sampling global flavors is undeniably a great fun do! :)

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Delhifundos. "Wendys – Delicious Burgers and More…." DelhiFunDoscom. N.p., 21 Jan. 2017. Web. 26 Jan. 2017. ( http://delhi-fun-dos.com/wendys-delicious-burgers-and-more/ ).
Image credit for Wendys logo:  By http://www.wendys.com/fr-ca/food/nutrition.pdf, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38723049
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