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

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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 …

Fish Tacos with Pineapple Island Salad & Lime Crema

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In my home, life is so much fun in the kitchen! I’m thrilled to announce that I have adopted another new “Spice Child” for my pantry. She’s called Chillin-Chili Lime Rub, and it was the inspiration for my new Fish Taco with Pineapple Island Salad and Lime Crema recipe. I seriously have to come up with shorter names. When it …

Garlic Green Beans with Shallots and Barberries

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Have you ever craved a variety of flavors all at once, and then created a magical combination of foods that scored you a home run? Well, this is mine. I call it, Garlic Green Beans with Shallots and Barberries. When I began learning the art of Persian cooking, I was introduced to an incredible little sour berry called Barberries. Used …

Nowruz – Persian New Year

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Each year beginning in February, I hear my Persian girlfriends talk about celebrating Nowruz and how excited they are for this time of year. It wasn’t until I started writing my book that I decided to investigate this tradition a little closer, discovering the unique meaning that goes into this festive Persian holiday. It reminded me of a quote that …