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FALAFEL

You know those warring Philly Cheese Steak spots across the street from each other in Philadelphia? Well, welcome to the French version, falafel-style. On this narrow street in the Marais, falafel joints compete for your affections, but L’As Dus Fallafel won my heart in the end. Literally my best bite in Paris and only 5 euro.  This blend of crunchy, […]
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RISING SUN JUICE

I love this combination of carrot, coconut, orange, and a bit of spice. Slightly sweet, nicely balanced, it’s super thirst quenching and refreshing. This would also make a brilliant smoothie if you blended coconut meat in as well. Enjoy!  INGREDIENTS 2 carrots 1 inch piece fresh ginger 1 cup coconut water 1/2 orange, juiced 1 lime, juiced 1 pinch ground […]
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PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE BREAD PUDDING

Pumpkin Spice Latte anything is always going to turn heads, so I went for something simple and easy as the canvas – bread pudding. This dessert is pure fall coziness, like a cashmere sweater, and perfect with a scoop of ice cream. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS cubed sourdough bread, about 6-7 cups 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 2 tablespoons […]
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QUINOA “RICE” PUDDING

Rice pudding is one of my favorite comfort food desserts. In France, riz au lait is just as much an art form for grandmas as knitting or lacemaking. The texture must be yielding and tender, the flavor full and mildly sweet, and usually a swirl of thin caramel crests the top. I wanted to create a “weekday” version of this […]
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FALAFEL SLIDERS

I did a cleanse recently through Renew Juicery, and my favorite part of it, other than the delicious juices, were the amazing falafel burgers. I love the bright, fresh flavors in falafel, and on a grain-free bun with chipotle tahini, it’s the perfect guilt free lunch. These are also fabulous party appetizers, as they’re about slider size. INGREDIENTS For 12 small […]
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THANKSGIVING H’ORS D’UEVRES

God, she’s beautiful. As far as opening lines in movies go, this is one of my favorites. At a crowded Thanksgiving party in an apartment, Michael Caine’s London accent narrates the scene: She’s got the prettiest eyes, and she looks so sexy in that sweater.  I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her and tell her how […]
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CARDAMOM ICED COFFEE

Turkish coffee has a reputation for being dark, rich, and steeped in tradition. Since the sixteenth century, coffee was considered the “milk of chess players and thinkers” and played a vital role in Ottoman gender relations. In-laws would judge a future bride by the sweetness of her coffee, and after a guest finished their cup, they would place it upside-down […]
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CHAI CUSTARD TART

To me, the perfect custard is about the eggs. It should be silky smooth, rich, and with that undeniably round flavor eggs impart on whatever they touch. Nestled in a crisp tart crust and infused with a touch of chai spices, this custard is the perfect understated dessert to serve with a cup of tea. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 3 large eggs, […]
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BANANA PUDDING WITH CARDAMOM

Sometimes simple is best, and it doesn’t get more nostalgically simple than banana pudding. The truth is, you could make this with instant pudding and store bought whipped cream, but COME ON…make it from scratch once, and revel in the perfection of it. Cardamom, the key spice in Chai, is beautiful with banana, and mixed with simple eggy custard, crisp […]
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PUMPKIN SAFFRON ROLLS

“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” The opening line to my favorite ghost story is a good one, isn’t it? Rebecca, the Hitchcock film based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic novel, is a sweeping, psychological thriller about how the past never really leaves you. And I know it sounds cliche – because it is – but […]
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