Vegetarian Grape Leaves

vegetarian grape leaves
Vegetarian Grape Leaves

Grape leaves, also known as Dolma, in Turkey or warak anab, in Arab countries are a very popular appetizer/main dish. They are also made in Armenian, Persian, Greek, Bulgarian and Romanian cuisines.

Grapes (vitis vinifera) have been acclaimed for their medicinal and nutritional value for thousands of years. It has been Continue reading “Vegetarian Grape Leaves”

Persian Eggplant Stew with yellow split peas: Khoresh Bademjan

persian eggplant stewTurmeric is the main spice used in cooking this deliciously, addictive, warm Persian eggplant stew.  It is not a common spice used in American cuisine however most Americans are unaware that turmeric is the yellow coloring agent of mustard! Turmeric has a warm, mild bitter taste and is commonly used in Indian curry.

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The Medicinal Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soupI call this soup “warm me up chicken noodle soup” because that is exactly what it does. A couple weeks back I became very ill with the flu and all I wanted was a bowl of my delicious homemade chicken noodle soup.  I got off the couch and went to work in the kitchen. The prep is very easy however its the time the broth needs to cook that is a killer. So here is the science behind this soup: Continue reading “The Medicinal Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup”

Mussels in Arrabbiata Sauce

mussels arrabbiataA lot of us are scared to venture outside of our comfort zone when it comes to preparing dishes, so we tend to repeat our usual dinners. I should know because I am one of those people, especially when it comes to seafood. While walking down the isle of fresh fish in the grocery store, I get squeamish and quickly turn the other way. Quite simply the smell really turns me off.

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