Blooms & Bubbles at Gray Home+Lifestyle

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Content goes here. Delightful – Alluring – Engaging – Irresistible and Winsome are a few of the words that describe Blooms & Bubbles at Gray Home+Lifestyle in Excelsior Minnesota. Every Thursday night during the summer, this quaint little store off the shores of Lake Minnetonka hosts a one of a kind event for their customers. Beginning at 2 pm until …

Elderberry Immune Booster

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The day I discovered the power of Elderberry syrup was the day my family started down a healthier path in life. Many years ago, I took a class on how to make elderberry syrup. I had read how effective elderberries are for the immune system and are used as a natural remedy in preventing and fighting off colds and influenza. …

Popeye’s Muscle Maker

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My sixteen-year-old son, Jean-Marc, has decided he loves to cook. Maybe it’s from watching me experiment in the kitchen with new recipe ideas, or maybe it’s a growing gift within him that’s trying to find it’s way out. Either way, I’m pretty excited to see what the future holds for my young kitchen protege. He’s the kind of kid that …

Early Morning Breakfast Bake

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Breakfast is the most challenging meals of the day for me to prepare. Mostly because I am not a morning person and the idea of getting creative in the kitchen doesn’t kick in until well after 10 am and at least 2 cups of coffee later. Can anyone else relate? The good news is, for every problem, there is an …

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Dairy-free Coconut Yogurt Waffles

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When I was a child, my mother would make waffles in her old waffle iron and smother them with margarine and Old Log Cabin syrup. That was the epitome of a special breakfast to me. Thankfully, waffles have come a long way since the 1970’s and so has our understanding of how to make those old classic recipes much more …

Mandarin Salad w/ Cilantro Vinaigrette & African Smoke Tilapia

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As a food writer, the idea of global cooking and unique flavors from all over the world consumes my interest in so many ways. If you are open-minded enough, once you get a taste of food from the perspective of another culture, the beautiful doorway to all 10,000 taste buds begin to open and a new experience awaits you on …

Sweet & Spicy Steamed Caulflower

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If I were to pick one cruciferous vegetable that I have least liked for most of my life, it would be cauliflower. That was until I accidentally created this recipe. My friend, Zahura, recently shared her secret for sauteing eggplant without creating an oily splatter mess all over the stove-top. She uses an electric steamer by Presto called Kitchen Kettle …

Dairy-free Creamy Cruciferous Salad

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Cruciferous Vegetables can sometimes be a boring stand-alone, but this combination of Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, dried cranberries and a very special over-the-top dairy-free dressing is anything but Blasé. All thanks to my friend Laurie and her delicious recipe. ⠀ The thing I love most about this recipe is that it is completely raw, dairy-free and keeps in the refrigerator …

Salad Oleveih – Persian Potato Salad

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When Salad Oleveih makes a debut at a Persian dinner party, there isn’t a plate at the table that doesn’t have a spot reserved just for this heavenly Persian Potato Salad. Since the American version of potato salad was always a bit boring to me, I had wondered what all the fuss was about and decided to give Salad Oleveih …

Salad Oleveih – Persian Potato Salad

In Global Lifestyle by Lisa Soldo-Johnson0 Comments

When Salad Oleveih makes a debut at a Persian dinner party, there isn’t a plate at the table that doesn’t have a spot reserved just for this heavenly Persian Potato Salad. Since the American version of potato salad was always a bit boring to me, I had wondered what all the fuss was about and decided to give Salad Oleveih …