Nowruz – Persian New Year

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Each year beginning in February, my Persian friends prepare to celebrate one of the most important holidays of the year.  Nowruz is a traditional celebration of the Persian New Year celebrated as far back as 555 BC. Nowruz translates to “New Day” and was created to mark the beginning of spring. Nowruz is celebrated in many countries including Iran, Afghanistan, …

Meet Ariel Ewefada of Birth Twin Cities

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Spending time in my kitchen, creating something new and delicious is a passion of mine. So, my afternoon with Ariel was insightful and entertaining, to say the least. In a matter of minutes, her new creation was born, and Ariel decided to name these irresistibly delicious treats, “Birth-Dates.” So clever! The good news is her recipe is a no-bake, super …

Jamaican Patois – The Vibrant Language of Jamaica

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In February, I vacationed in Montego, Bay Jamaica with a few of my girlfriends. We stayed at the luxurious Secrets Resort St. James. Coming from zero degree temperatures in Minnesota, the only expectation I had on this trip was to sip on a few good tropical drinks by the ocean and to soak up as much sun as possible before …

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Israeli Shakshouka

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Print Recipe How to Make Israeli Shakshouka Yum Israeli Shakshouka is a traditional breakfast in Israel. It’s easy to make, packed full of fresh vegetables, tomatoes, and eggs, and best of all, it’s incredibly delicious. Course Breakfast Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings people Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola oil1 cup onions, peeled and diced1 medium …

Blooms & Bubbles at Gray Home+Lifestyle

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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 closing on Thursdays, …

Elderberry Immune Boosting Smoothie

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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 used as a natural remedy in preventing and fighting off colds and influenza. Since …

Early Morning Breakfast Bake

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onions and dairy-free coconut milk. This bake is the perfect answer to a full-fledged healthy meal in the morning without a lot of fuss. Make it anyway you like. If you have kids that are not a fan of spinach, swap it out with broccoli instead. Throw in some mushrooms, asparagus, goat cheese, bacon, or anything you have in the …

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 for me. Thankfully, waffles have come a long way since the 1970s and so has our understanding of how to make those old classic recipes much more …