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Braised Baby Artichokes and Mushrooms with Garlic and Lemon

Feeding kids has certainly been a adventure. Before kids, I had this vision that if I introduced a food or vegetable to my child at an early age, they would eat it and love it. But the ugly truth is, babies have taste buds and preferences just as we adults do. If  they don’t like […]

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Easy Thanksgiving Meals: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

Easy Thanksgiving Meals: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

One of my favorite meals of all time is the classic American Thanksgiving menu. Every year I look forward to it. I think I’m more excited about the leftovers, as I get to savor the meal days later. The flavor combinations, the colors and just having everyone together (if only for one meal) makes this […]

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower by

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Not all things orange in October are made out of pumpkins. And not all Halloween food needs to be creepy or spooky. Let me introduce you to Orange Cauliflower. It’s not sweet. It tastes like regular cauliflower. It’s just orange. And it screams, “Fall is here!” This baby was sent to me with my other […]

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Mayo-Free Cider Vinegar Potato Salad

We are a scout family. I have two boys and my eldest right now is spending this week frolicking happily at Emerald Bay, the Boy Scout camp at Catalina Island (off the California Coast, West of Los Angeles). Middle Child is a Webelo in Cub Scouts, and my Princess is a Brownie in Girl Scouts. […]

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Pomegranate Torshi by Family Spice

Pickled Eggplant and Vegetables with Pomegranate (torshi-yeh bademjan va anar)

The term “pickle” means something here in the U.S. It’s a cucumber, that has been soaking in brine or vinegar. We also have pickled cabbage, pickled okra, pickled onions, pickled tomatoes and maybe a handful other sour delights. Persians love pickling, too, especially our vegetables. And these pickled vegetables are called torshi, which translates basically […]

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Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Any Meal!

What? A post about Thanksgiving side dishes AFTER Thanksgiving is over?! Well, to be honest, I couldn’t get my act together to post this BEFORE Thanksgiving. I have published some of these recipes in the past WAY BACK when I first started blogging. So, as you can imagine, the pictures were truly AWFUL! I refused […]

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Thanksgiving Twist: Mai Tai Cranberries with Mango and Rum

I don’t know about you, but I’m stressin’ a little this year. It’s my first year hosting a large Thanksgiving dinner. My guest list jumped from 17 to 25 – for now. I have hosted big dinners before, but Thanksgiving is an iconic holiday. There are expectations on what it is served. Add the Persian […]

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Persian Yogurt with Cucumbers (Maast-o Khiar)

Yes, this is not a back-to-school post! I realized that with all of this focus on kids, it’s time to talk about something else. You know, it’s a mommy-syndrome to rattle on and on about our kids. Here in San Diego, the weather has turned HOT again. And that means this momma does not want […]

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Farm to Table: Roasted Baby Carrots with Thyme

  When you are single, you can be selfish. You come and go as you please. You pretty much go wherever you want to go. When you get married, you consider your partner’s feelings and you start taking turns choosing where you visit. Add a baby to the mix, and you add limitations. When the […]

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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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