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Archive | November, 2011
The Joys of Saffron and a Holiday Giveaway For You!

The Joys of Saffron and a Holiday Giveaway For You!

Saffron. This exotic spice evokes images and scents of far and exotic places. Outdoor markets, or bazaars, filled with dates, nuts and tea leaves. It’s deep red threads yields a gorgeous and rich yellow color when soaked in hot water, making it a wonderful natural dye. But, it also carries a distinct aroma that reminds […]

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Whole Wheat Pomegranate Scones and a Guest Post

To my readers in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a day of reflection for most. A time to appreciate all that we have, to help those in need and to remember how our country first began. Every day, I recognize how truly blessed I am for my husband and children, and the laughter, […]

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Apple & Quince Crisp with Rosewater

Apple & Quince Crisp with Rosewater

My kids received their report cards last week. In our school, we parents meet with our elementary school teachers and discuss how wonderful our kids are. Really, they are wonderful, respectful and fabulous listeners, apparently. In school. I’m amazed at how different they behave with their friends and teachers than they do with ‘ole Mom […]

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Basmati Rice: Another Great Thanksgiving Side Dish

Basmati Rice: Another Great Thanksgiving Side Dish

What? You’ve never heard of basmati rice being served during the Thanksgiving meal? Funny. We have it all the time! As many new immigrants come to the US, it is customary to bring parts of their culture into the new world they are living in. Italians brought us pasta and pizza. The Irish brought their […]

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Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes by FamilySpice.com

Easy Tips On How To Have An Unprocessed, Delicious & Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

With all of the indulgences and sweets out there tempting you this time of you, we all seem to give ourselves the “okay” to binge during the Thanksgiving meal. But, if you look at the traditional American feast created for Thanksgiving, it’s enough to make a foodie’s hair fall out. Boxed stuffing. Instant mashed potatoes. […]

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A Healthier Snack:No-Bake Crispy Rice Bars with Pistachios & Honey

A Healthier Snack:No-Bake Crispy Rice Bars with Pistachios & Honey

It’s hard for me to eat healthy from October through December. Besides Halloween, October for us is filled with too many birthday parties for family and friends. Then you’ve got Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah and parties galore. This past week alone, two of my kids had multi-cultural feasts at school. The third kid has theirs […]

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Spiced Tea Cranberry Sauce by FamilySpice.com

My Go-To Cranberry Sauce: Spiced-Tea Cranberries

Tonight, I am sitting in front of the computer with a serious case of writer’s block. I come up with creative ideas and funny stories when I am ticked-off washing dishes or day dreaming while running errands. I started to write these ideas down, but sometimes the inspiration flutters away before I make it to […]

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Persian Pomegranate Soup (Ash-e Anar) and a New Baby

Persian Pomegranate Soup (Ash-e Anar) and a New Baby

I am so happy today!! And considering I was in a rut, this weekend was the best!! I didn’t sleep well, I ate hospital food, I slept in my clothes, but it still was the best. My dearest cousin, whom I love like a sister, gave birth to an adorable baby girl. This is the […]

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Quinoa: The Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dish by Family Spice

Quinoa: The Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dish

If you haven’t noticed, I am on a quinoa-kick. I discovered this wonderful non-grain a few years back, but I didn’t really know how too cook with it or what to do with it. And so, the internet search began. It only took a few recipes for quinoa to receive my love and adoration. I’ve […]

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Thanksgiving Craft for Kids: The Bean Candle Holder

I don’t know about you, but I’m still reeling from last night’s Halloween festivities. Two out of three kids had parties at school yesterday. They were thrill to come home to have some fun in the street while the moms on our block got ready for our Halloween block party. I love watch my kids […]

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