Pan De Muerto

Each year on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico as well as in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, people celebrate the Day of the Dead. This is a touching and at the same time joyous holiday when people remember their dead relatives and ancestors. A special place on the table is Pan de Muerto “Bread of the Dead”. There are many varieties but it is usually round in shape, often with the addition of anise seeds and orange zest, strips of dough on top in the form of bones, and on top a round ball symbolizing the skull.

What’s in season

From cakes and quick breads to pies and pancakes, everything benefits from the sweet and spiced flavor of pumpkin.

Autumn is here…

Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with these easy fall recipes!

Slow cooker (crock pot)

Slow cooking allows flavors to steep and blend together. It circulates heat and liquid so food stays moist.

What’s in season

It is apple season. Apples are often eaten raw, baked, or stewed, but also they can be dried, or you can make them into apple juice, cider, sauce, pies, cider vinegar, jelly, butter, caramel, candy, chips, crisp and much more!

Love my garden

I love gardening so much, it makes my world beautiful. I have a vegetable/herb garden, flower gardens, fruit trees and berries. When I am outside I feel happy, too bad we don’t have nice weather all year but when we do, we are gardening! 😉

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Gravlax (salted salmon)

This is a Scandinavian recipe for raw salmon. Great appetizer for the holidays, you can serve with vodka, dry white wine, or aquavit (a traditional Scandinavian spirit). For this recipe I like to use lemon salt. If you don't have fresh dill you can use  dry dill to marinate the fish. Serve plain or on top of rye bread,...
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Adobo

Adobo is the name of a popular Filipino dish that is cooked with chicken, meat or seafood, marinated in a sauce of vinegar and garlic, and then fried and simmered in the marinade. Usually they are using coconut, rice or cane vinegar, but you can try white or cider vinegar. The dish is so easy to prepare, the meat...
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Avocado

Avocado refers to the fruit, although they are often categorized as a vegetable. Smooth, buttery and healthy, they are protein-rich and also contain vitamins E, C, and B6, plus copper and iron. Ripe avocados can be stored in the refrigerator, unripe ones should be put in a paper bag with a banana to soften. There are many delicious ways...
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Tamales

My friend and neighbor Marcela is from Costa Rica  and made handmade tamales for Christmas. They were so delicious! Tamales are a popular aromatic and hearty dish from Latin America, made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based). Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies and steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. In Mexico tamales are wrapped in corn leaves,...
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Qutab with cheese and herbs

Qutab is an Azerbaijani dish made with a thin, crescent-shaped cake of unleavened dough and stuffed. Its very tasty, simple and healthy. For filling you can use meat, usually lamb with onion, or nearly anything else (pumpkin, nuts, pomegranate seeds, onion, sorrel, herbs). For the cheese filling it's best to use goat cheese, or something salty like feta. If...
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Basil jam

The aroma and flavor the syrup and jam is delicious! It's not necessary to add water, you can just use juice from more lemons. Half of the syrup I poured in a jar to use like a syrup, and in the second half  I added pectin to make a jam. I used a lemon and a lime too, with...
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