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Caribbean Cooking Class – Grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp

Below is the recipe for grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp that I shared during a Caribbean Cooking class that I presented at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The marinade for the shrimp features the Savory Spice Shop’s Jamaican Jerk

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp

Below is the recipe for grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp that I shared during a Caribbean Cooking class that I presented at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The marinade for the shrimp features the Savory Spice Shop’s Jamaican Jerk

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Annatto Oil

Below is the recipe for Annatto Oil that I shared during a Caribbean Cooking class that I presented at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. Annatto is described as being “slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg“. I use

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Annatto Oil

Below is the recipe for Annatto Oil that I shared during a Caribbean Cooking class that I presented at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. Annatto is described as being “slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg“. I use

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Black Bean & Mango Salad

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking. We had a lot of fun cooking, talking and sharing information, stories….and laughs. Below is the

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Black Bean & Mango Salad

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking. We had a lot of fun cooking, talking and sharing information, stories….and laughs. Below is the

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Banana Salsa Recipe

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC.   The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking.   Below is the recipe for Banana Salsa.  I chose to present this recipe because it is simple, flavorful

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Banana Salsa Recipe

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC.   The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking.   Below is the recipe for Banana Salsa.  I chose to present this recipe because it is simple, flavorful

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Mastic Scented Salmon

Mastic? If you have not tried it…you need to! Mastic will add a very unique (“in a good way”) pine-like flavor backdrop to your dish. It is typically used for cake, pudding and ice cream recipes. The suggested serving is

Mastic Scented Salmon

Mastic? If you have not tried it…you need to! Mastic will add a very unique (“in a good way”) pine-like flavor backdrop to your dish. It is typically used for cake, pudding and ice cream recipes. The suggested serving is

Creamy Saffron Pastina with Mini Turkey Meatballs

This month I am cooking with one of my favorite spices…Saffron! I love the floral aroma and gorgeous color it adds to food. My first recipe combines two of my favorite comfort foods…creamy pastina and mini meatball soup. The addition

Creamy Saffron Pastina with Mini Turkey Meatballs

This month I am cooking with one of my favorite spices…Saffron! I love the floral aroma and gorgeous color it adds to food. My first recipe combines two of my favorite comfort foods…creamy pastina and mini meatball soup. The addition

Pumpkin Turkey Chili (Calabaza Chili)

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is good to have an easy and delicious chili recipe on hand that is hearty and “heart healthy”..  Did you know that pumpkin is a  “power food” with a ton of

Pumpkin Turkey Chili (Calabaza Chili)

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is good to have an easy and delicious chili recipe on hand that is hearty and “heart healthy”..  Did you know that pumpkin is a  “power food” with a ton of

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Brown Pumpkin Gravy

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

Do you have a picky eater?  I do and my picky eater loves beef.   It was a chilly day and I decided to develop a new slow cooker beef recipe using coffee and pumpkin.  Dedicated to my special “Picky Eater” who

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Brown Pumpkin Gravy

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

Do you have a picky eater?  I do and my picky eater loves beef.   It was a chilly day and I decided to develop a new slow cooker beef recipe using coffee and pumpkin.  Dedicated to my special “Picky Eater” who

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwiches (Served up Philly Style…Of Course)

It’s almost unbelievable that summer has come and gone… Once it starts to get cooler, I tend to use my slow cooker a lot to make soups and stews.  I recently purchased London Broil cut of beef and was inspired

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwiches (Served up Philly Style…Of Course)

It’s almost unbelievable that summer has come and gone… Once it starts to get cooler, I tend to use my slow cooker a lot to make soups and stews.  I recently purchased London Broil cut of beef and was inspired

Versatile Vanilla – Vanilla Infused Champagne Vinegar (Plus Bonus Recipe for Vanilla Champagne Vinaigrette)

Continuing on the Versatile Vanilla Voyage…. Lately, I have been into infusing vinegar with herbs and spices.  Below are the steps on how you can make a vanilla infused vinegar.  Keep in mind that it does take a few weeks …so

Versatile Vanilla – Vanilla Infused Champagne Vinegar (Plus Bonus Recipe for Vanilla Champagne Vinaigrette)

Continuing on the Versatile Vanilla Voyage…. Lately, I have been into infusing vinegar with herbs and spices.  Below are the steps on how you can make a vanilla infused vinegar.  Keep in mind that it does take a few weeks …so

Versatile Vanilla – Shrimp Penne with Vanilla Bean Vodka Sauce

Continuing on the Versatile Vanilla Voyage… When buying Vanilla beans, you want to make sure that the Vanilla bean is dark brown (almost black), flexible and very aromatic.    When buying Vanilla extract, be sure to examine the ingredient list to make

Versatile Vanilla – Shrimp Penne with Vanilla Bean Vodka Sauce

Continuing on the Versatile Vanilla Voyage… When buying Vanilla beans, you want to make sure that the Vanilla bean is dark brown (almost black), flexible and very aromatic.    When buying Vanilla extract, be sure to examine the ingredient list to make

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo – Homemade Black Pepper Tortillas

Tortillas are very versatile…  They are great with appetizers, main dishes and desserts.  They bring back childhood memories because when I was little my Titi (endearment for Tia) used to make them for us as an afternoon snack.  I remember feeling especially lucky (and proud) when

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo – Homemade Black Pepper Tortillas

Tortillas are very versatile…  They are great with appetizers, main dishes and desserts.  They bring back childhood memories because when I was little my Titi (endearment for Tia) used to make them for us as an afternoon snack.  I remember feeling especially lucky (and proud) when