Mango lassi made with buttermilk and honey. |


Lassi is a delicious summertime beverage from Pakistan;  and also popular in Bangladesh and India. The best description I can come up with is: “a cross between a milkshake and a smoothie”; a very  healthy smoothie I may add. According to my Pakistani friend Huma, it is a must at dinner time, to help the… 

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nigella seeds a brief history |

Nigella Seeds

Nigella? Nigel’s twin sister? Nigella Lawson? NO!!! Read on….. Nigella seeds are a small and ancient oblong seed believed to be native to the Mediterranean. Through the whims of nature and steady commercial trade they  have spread throughout North Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Asia. Nigella seeds are the seeds of Nigella Sativa, an annual… 

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Arroz con pollo a traditional rice and chicken dish from Latin American |

Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con pollo is to Hispanics what meatloaf and mashed potatoes is to Americans.  It is the ultimate comfort food. What’s great about arroz con pollo is that it is healthy too.  I think I can state with certainty that arroz con pollo is Latin America’s most popular dish.  It is mine, for sure. Every… 

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Puerto Rican Coquito |


Coquito is a creamy coconut milk beverage native to Puerto Rico. Literally translated it means “little coconut,” however there is nothing little about this drink. Its taste is rich, creamy and accented with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon.  Coquito is traditionally served at Christmas time, but in my opinion it should be enjoyed at… 

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Spanish chorizo in red wine sauce |

Chorizo in Wine Sauce

Chorizo: Spanish vs. Mexican. So, what’s the difference? Is it taste, texture, smell? Well… how about all of the above.  The word chorizo means sausage in Spanish. Pretty plain huh? Well, not really! Whether you choose the Mexican or the Spanish variety, they are both full of rich, robust flavors. So, let’s get back to… 

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