Muhammara: hot pepper dip

I think it’s important to choose your friends well. My father taught me from a young age that you need to look for certain qualities in friends: honesty, integrity, sense of humor, … [more]

Pepitas (Roasted Pumpkin Seeds)

Waste not. I like to roast my pumpkin seeds when I’m making pumpkin puree for pie or have them left over form my Halloween Jack-O-Lantern. Pepitas are a popular ingredient in Mexican cooking, but I … [more]

Avocado on toast

This morning, while one of my daughters was tucking into the usual bowl of over-sugared cereal, another daughter chose an altogether healthier, and somewhat surprising, alternative. I watched as she … [more]

Rice crispy treats

Who doesn’t love these? They are so easy and quick to make; a fun joint venture with the kids. What a yummy snack for everyone. [more]

rhubarb galette cookie

I made this with my auntie while on vacation. It is really good. [more]

Family Focaccia Bread

This recipe is easy to make. It takes two days to make. Auntie Char told me what to do and I did it. [more]

“Candy Apples That Will Not Scare Kids Away”

For Hallow’s Eve, I thought Candy Apples would be yummy, For vampires and witches who want candy in their tummy. Because of the excitement, I spilled the red dye, All over my shirt and into my eye, … [more]

French Burnt Peanuts

I always found these nuts irresistable. The crunch of the sugar coating into the taste of the peanuts is a great contrast. This recipe makes about 2 cups. [more]


My son, David, is an innovative cook. Maybe he got it all from me through his late grandmother. [more]

Mushy orange and grapefruit

I was reminiscing with my family recently recalling tastes from our childhood. It still amazes me how my mother managed to feed us so well given that there were five of us each with voracious … [more]

Carmen's quesadillas

This is a quick and easy recipe that works great as a meal, a snack or party food. Kids and adults alike love these quesadillas — the olive oil adds nice flavor besides making a nice crispy … [more]

Honey-Roasted Almonds

It is amazing what you pay in the market for these little morsels. So here is a recipe that will give you more “bang for the buck”. This recipe makes about 2 cups. [more]

Welsh rarebit

Let’s clear something up straight away. Rarebit is pronounced rabbit . If you ask for a “Welsh Rarebit ” in the UK, you will be met with, at best, a wry smile. I grew up on the … [more]

Instant noodles for grown-ups

Believe it or not, I am typing up this recipe as Angela cooks it. I wanted it to be from the horse’s mouth (if you get my drift). This dish is one of our favourtie quickies. It’s the kind … [more]

Mindy's banana bread

What do you do with those last two over ripe bananas? Throw them away? Not anymore. With this recipe, that my friend Mindy gave me, I make yummy banana bread that we eat for breakfast or dessert or … [more]

Homemade Apple Sauce

I used to make this all the time for my daughters when they were infants. Now they are 7 and 4, and still love this applesauce which is all natural and nutritious. Just when your apples are starting … [more]

Italian Popcorn!

Hello! I am writing a children’s cookbook series (www.handstandkids.com), where each book is based on one country. There is a section in my book that takes food from an average American … [more]

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