Doro Wat

Doro Wat, which translates to chicken stew, is a traditional Ethiopian dish. It’s very simple to prepare, only require sautéing and poaching. But it must be made with the spice paste and the spice-infused butter to create the really unique flavors of Ethiopian cuisine. Unfortunately, I’ve never conquered the method for making injera – Ethiopian

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Berberé

Before one can make any traditional dishes of Ethiopia, it is necessary to make the wonderfully complex spice paste called berberé. It is paprika based, but also contains onion, garlic, and many wonderful spices that add to the complexity of this unique seasoning mixture. These include cayenne, ginger, coriander, cloves, fenugreek, cardamom, and more. The

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Sautéed Mushrooms

I happen to adore mushrooms. But I remember the days when they appalled me, mostly because they tasted like dirt. Unfortunately, my mother picked a lot of mushrooms in her foraging days, and I missed out on all of that! Fast forward a couple of decades and I’m now a proud mushroom lover. For the

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Pâté

Pâté is one of my favorite delicacies. Of course, it helps that I like liver – a lot. This pâté has a subtle liver flavor because it’s made with mild chicken livers. It’s silky smooth and spreadable. Pâté is not to be confused with foie gras, which are actual lobes of fattened liver, usually goose,

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Crispy Beet Risotto Cakes

My husband and I were dining with friends in Colorado recently, at a restaurant called Justice Snow’s in Aspen. It was quite bustling and busy, which means that for me, it was loud and everyone had to yell to be heard. I was very excited about the menu, however, and without hesitation I ordered trout.

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Risotto with Bacon and Peas

When I prepare meat, it’s usually for my husband.  I don’t dislike meat, I just prefer avocados, and fish.  I even eat tofu.  On a special occasion I will certainly enjoy a good filet with my guy, but it’s just too heavy for me. So this lovely spring risotto with peas and a little bacon

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Roast Chicken with Olives

There’s nothing more comforting to me than nibbling on a just-out-of-the-oven roasted chicken. Maybe it’s the aroma, but then, once it’s cut open, it’s the chicken’s juiciness that pleases me. When I was in France recently, visiting Stéphane from the blog My French Heaven, he made my girlfriend and I a roasted chicken dish that

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Je ne sais quoi

I’m sure you’ve heard the French expression “je ne sais quoi,” that something you just can’t put your finger on, that something not easily described. That is the country of France to me – my favorite European country. Experiencing French culture requires an open-mind and adventurous spirit. And if you need help to embrace everything

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Growing Up Foodie

Growing up, I lived an interesting foodie life, without realizing it. I didn’t love much of anything in the early years; it took years to cultivate my taste buds. But compared to other American youngsters, the gastronomic history of my life is fairly unique. One reason why my upbringing was different than others born in

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