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Warm, Spicy and Savory Apple Pot Pie with Cool Apple Cream and Sweet Apple Slaw | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

This month’s challenge allowed us to pick our own ingredient to star in a dish. Easy, right? Well, no … we had to showcase it both hot and cold!

I used the double definitions of ‘hot’ (temperature and spicy) and ‘cold’ (temperature and cooling-off spice effect) in 3 separate apple applications in this dish. Continue Reading

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An Asian-Inspired Dinner Party or Anyone Can Cook Anything!

Yeah, that’s my take on cooking food outside your ethnicity. All it takes is knowing what you like, a few good seasoning agents*, a dash of confidence and access to google for recipes or to answer any last-minute questions. It may not be “authentic”, but it could (should) be tasty.

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Tomatoes: A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge Round-Up

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This month’s cooking challenge was TOMATOES … in the height of season, delicious and turning up in such creative ways.  Enjoy the round-up from our creative cooks! Continue Reading

6th Anniversary

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FOODalogue quietly passed its 6th anniversary this month … no fanfare, no giveaways … not even me, who birthed it, thought much about it. I guess because it has become so much a part of my life and identity so it was just another day.

But, I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to thank those of you who have chosen to occasionally pull a chair up to my virtual table and enjoy the food and conversation.  Anyone who puts themselves out there day-after-day, month-after-month, year-after-year, knows just how important the interaction is.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ♥♥♥  Mi casa es su casa.


 

Sangrita Granita with Sun-dried Tomato Sugar for a Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

I’ve had Mexico on my mind because, after a good number of years, I’ve decided to go back and visit — this time to explore the Yucatan peninsula. But, that’s not happening until next February so when this month’s challenge (tomatoes) was announced, I decided to bring a little Mexico into my cocina. Or should I say cantina?

This type of post is rare for the pages of FOODalogue so I’m conflicted about whether to classify it as a frozen cocktail or dessert. Continue Reading

Moroccan Dinner at the Casbah Nova

My son gave me a beautiful tagine on Mother’s Day and I finally got around to using it this weekend. But, first, according to directions, it needed to be treated … a 24-hour soaking in water, then a massage with olive oil and, lastly, a 1-1/2 hour dry treatment in the oven. By the time I was done, I was ready to book a spa treatment for myself.

So after 2 days of preparation, the tagine was ready and, in typical FOODalogue fashion, I decided to create a dinner party around its inauguration.

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Taste Historic Culinary Tour | Food and History on the Menu

Do you know the historic origins of your neighborhood and environs? It could be as fascinating as mine.

I took this tour 2 years ago and, happily, took it again when my friend Carole was visiting from Tampa. We were part of a group of about 20 who were informed, fed and entertained for 4 hours on this Taste Historic Culinary Tour.

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Trios: Tacos, Salsas, Toppings and Music|A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

What do you think of when you hear “tacos”? The traditional street food from Mexico that was introduced to this country in the early 1900s? Your mother’s “ground beef-hard shell-jarred salsa” taco night? Taco Bell? Or, do you think of today’s tacos — those that have been diversified, fancified, and globalized as they make their way through every culture, cuisine and country?

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