Apr 24

Tanzanian Cucumber Salad

“Ufurahie chakula chako!” (the Swahili equivalent of “Bon appétit”) is what you would hear if you happened to be lucky enough to pull up a seat at the dinner table in Miriam Kinunda’s home.  Miriam, born and raised in Tanzania, a country located in the eastern part of Africa, is a blogger and owner of the spice brand, Taste of Tanzania.  She has added the title of author to her list of credentials, with her recently published cookbook, Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West.”  I had the chance to chat with Miriam on the phone a few weeks ago about her book.  Tanzania is a very social society, which was immediately apparent in my conversation with Miriam.  I quickly felt like we were old friends—she is delightful, as is her book. [Read More…]


Apr 17

Top view of Paleo Chocolate Silk Pie

If you had told me 6 months ago that a chocolate dessert that was free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugars could be as decadent as its gluten, dairy, and refined sugar full counterpart, I would have politely nodded and totally not have believed you.  But in the past few months I have taken my preconceived notions and stomped on them quite thoroughly.  I gave you a peek at this process with my recipe for Chocolate Pots de Crème, but what I didn’t tell you was that before I had perfected that recipe, I had perfected a version of my favorite chocolate pie crust first. [Read More…]


The Blender Girl’s Penang Curry + A Giveaway!

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Is everyone enjoying spring as much as I am?  I’m currently enjoying it even more than usual, because the Fuji family is in Japan for spring break right now, and the cherry blossoms, which are currently in bloom right now here, are one of my all-time favorite things to enjoy in life.  I’ll be sharing [...]

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Cooking Light Global Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

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Cooking Light has a new cookbook out, written by the New York Times best-selling author David Joachin, Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy.  It is fantastic.  I received two copies, one to review and one to give away, because I am a member of the Cooking Light Bloggers’ Connection. The book [...]

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Coconut Curry Poached Halibut with Micro Arugula + A $250 Harmons Giveaway!

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*This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery Store. Last month I attended a blogger event, arranged by Rachael of Today’s Mamma, at the Bangerter Crossing Harmons Store.  We started with a tour from Bob and Randy Harmon, and then finished up with a cooking class from Chef Kimberly Larsen at Harmon’s Cooking School.

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

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I keep thinking that spring has arrived here in Utah, and then the weather will turn and we’ll get a new layer of snow on the ground.  Mother Nature is such a tease.  I’ve been watching the new issues of magazines show up on the newsstands, taunting me with spring flowers, and spring inspired dishes, [...]

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Savory Strawberry Chèvre Flatbread Pizza Pi(e)

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Today is a special day in my family, for several reasons.  It is Pi Day, or when it comes to my mom’s side of the family, Pi(e) Day.  (My family is very fond of food celebrations, although International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day may be the most popular).  For the mathematicians of the family, it is the [...]

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Cinnamon Apple Pancake

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My mom came to visit a few weeks ago from southern California.  When she arrived, we met up with my brother and grandmother at The Original Pancake House in Salt Lake City for breakfast.  My mom ordered their popular apple pancake—a large eggy pancake (like a Dutch baby) topped with sautéed Granny Smith apples and [...]

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Alaska Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagels—Cooking with Kids

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This post is brought to you by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Cooking together is about so much more than preparing food.  By pulling our kids into the kitchen, we can teach them how to feed themselves, but also give them a better understanding of where their food comes from.  But cooking together is also [...]

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Chicken Pad Thai for the Soul

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Have you ever had a dish that just sounds good, and so you go through a streak where you eat it all the time?  Pad Thai has been that dish for me lately.  I’ve been making it once a week for the past month.  It has just been hitting the spot!  If you’re not already [...]

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