Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every once a while I get challenged to create something tasty that meets a dietary restriction. This time was for a couple of dear friends that absolutely do not touch anything with alcohol. I generally cook with vanilla, but what are cookies without a little touch of something exotic? This is a basic chocolate chip recipe, but instead of vanilla I used cardamom & cloves (Spices they can get in their country.) This is for Mensure & Kaltrina! They loved these cookies on hikes or just because.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: about 36 balls of knee buckling goodness

Dukkah – Egyptian Spice Blend

Dukkah is used as a condiment to sprinkle over a variety of dishes. I love the nutty hit with the exotic flavor of cumin and coriander. I've had it on lamb, rice and on my morning toast and yogurt! A super versatile condiment that goes with both sweet and savory dishes.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 1 Cup

Herbed Pizza Crust

This recipe comes from Brenda Meyers from Odessa, TX. This is her "go to" pizza crust recipe that never fails to delight the taste buds.
"Oh yeah, in the summer I go straight to the grill, I don’t mess around with heating up my kitchen with a hot oven.  No pizza stone on the grill, I just use a Pizza peel to get it on and off.  I guess you could use a stone though, I just never have."

  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 8 Delicious Slices

Summer Berry Crepes

My first try making crepes and they turned out light and yet firm enough to wrap fresh summer fruit in the middle. The crepes have a nice hint of lemon from the lemon powder rather than lemon juice. Lemon juice would thin the batter too much and may curdle the milk. Hubby loved the special Sunday breakfast so much, he wants it for dinner too! Time to pick more berries, that is for sure!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings for 2 People

Janet’s Curry Salmon

Add a nice East Indian flare to your salmon steak with Janet's Curry. Janet's Curry features toasted aromatic seeds ground to perfection. The Salmon brings out a new depth of flavors with a whisper of warmth. Cool it with the Yogurt Dill Dressing. Shown here served with herbed couscous, cucumber slices and a nice cabbage salad with the Yogurt Dill Dressing on it.

  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
Homemade Organic Yogurt

Homemade Plain Yogurt with Dehydrator

My mom had a nifty yogurt maker with little bitty cups. Now we eat pints of yogurt and I cook East Indian food with it as well as use it in baked goods. Those little cups weren't my choice. This way makes a good amount of yogurt simply. Of course add your own fruit or sweetener. Best part you know what went into your yogurt with no fillers! Read More About Making Yogurt at Home!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 hrs
  • Yields: 1/2 Gallon of Yogurt!
Gator Joe & Some Slaw

Gator Joes

We got caught in a food rut. This wonderful Sloppy Joe inspired dish was impetuously good and just made from basic ingredients in the pantry. Could be a weekly treat!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 2 Adults only no left overs (dang!)
Gator Joe & Some Slaw

Some Slaw

You want Some Slaw with that? It is one of those slaws that you can't get in a normal cookbook. Just put together simplicity, with flavor nuances you may not have expected. I used my mandoline to get a fine shred to blend everything cleanly so each bite has an even mixture of all the flavors present. Shown here as a topping on the Gator Joes

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Yields: 2 Cups

Singapore Ribs

This recipe comes from a Portuguese language Asian cookbook. We used to get little beef ribs there and slow cook them in a simple oven with no "temperature" gauge. The idea was a good marinating time beforehand of at least 2 hrs. Luscious and unforgettable.

  • Yields: 2 servings
Blackberry Tapioca Pudding

Blackberry Tapioca Pudding

My grandma Dorothy introduced her grandkids to the wonders of blackberry picking and the best blackberry pudding imaginable. She of course used white sugar back in the day. Nevertheless, this pudding was normally eaten when it was cool enough not to burn our lips. The hint of cardamom and use of agave nectar brings it to a higher level.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings or 2 Hearty Servings or 1 Super Indulgent Serving