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MY DIY Weekend

The weekend I decided to tackle a problem that has been bothering me for a couple of months. The brown leather sofa we had bought second hand had started to “shed” off the leather. This is what one of the cushions looked like: I had tried patching it with tape but soon…

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The Urge to Create

Above: Recent project, a crocheted lace curtain. Some people are compelled to race cars. Some people are driven to acquire wealth. Even others make it their life’s mission to fight for justice. As the daughter of two fine artist, I am driven by the urge to create. I grew up in a…

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To Cook or Not to Cook

It used to be that the question of whether to cook or not to cook was never asked. This is because cooking was not optional, it was necessary for survival, at least it has been since humans evolved from eating raw meat millions of years ago. For once humans learned to cook,…

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Kitchen Dreams / Kitchen Essentials

Featured Image [Source] of Rustic Kitchen As I pack for yet another move (I hate moving, who doesn’t) and I’m still a year or more away from buying a home of my own, I can’t help but fantasize on my dream kitchen. When it comes to tools and supplies, I am almost…

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Selfie or Self Obsession? Part 1

Years ago, when I was a student a Maine College of Art, majoring in graphic design and photography, I became fascinated with a genre of art called the self-portrait. Back then, the phrase “selfie” was unheard of, instead, it was a self-portrait — a representation of one’s self, whether in paint, pencil…

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Tactile Traditions

Above: Potholder fiber art. [Source] We live in the age of the touchscreen, of the portable phone, of information at our fingertips, yet other than liking, clicking or selecting, we don’t really use our hands for much anymore. We use our fingers to press the buttons on the microwave to cook our…

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september eleven

rousing to a sonic boom i confuse it with the daily rumble of the traffic on canal emerging from the holland tunnel myself, wrapped in bedcovers warm rolled, regarding window view twin towers in their testament of global commerce gone askew 8:45, eyes still blurred drugged down from dark and dreamful sleep…

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Tang of Tamarind

Tamarind is a fruit that is widely used in Indian, Caribbean and East Asian cooking but foreign to most cooks in North America. The fruit has a fleshy, juicy, acidulous pulp. It is mature when the flesh is colored brown or reddish-brown. The fruit pulp is edible. The hard green pulp of…

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Go Nuts!

Above image borrowed from HealthHomie. These days it’s actually a good idea to go nuts, by incorporating nuts into your diet that is. Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart. — Mayo Clinic While there are many different type of nuts that are beneficial such…

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The End of Eating Everything

I saw this sign in a store window in Miami and took a picture. Recently it occurred to me that this phrase pretty much sums up our current state of nutrition. With the onslaught of posts circulating through social media about what is healthy and unhealthy, often with the information contradicting, it…

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Turkey Slaw Tostadas

Here is a great recipe for using leftover turkey. If you are vegetarian, you can substitute chickpeas for the turkey. Turkey Slaw Tostadas   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 30 mins   A great way to use up leftovers after cooking turkey. Author: CreativEliza Recipe type:…

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Mango Molasses Corn Cakes

This recipe is a Caribbean twist on traditional pancakes. If mango is not available, peaches would make a good swap. Mango Molasses Corn Cakes   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   A delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Author: CreativEliza Recipe type: Breakfast Cuisine: comfort…

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Through Indian Eyes

Above: Krisna statue, photo courtesy of and all quotes below from Atanu Deb For me, photography is capturing the lost moments from your perspective… One of the benefits of writing a blog with international subject matter is that I’ve made some international connections. One of them is, in many ways, my professional…

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How I Learned to Love Cooking

Above: Jars of colorful spices [image source] I love to cook. I love it so much that not only do I cook nearly every day, but it actually causes me discomfort to eat food I didn’t prepare. Crazy I know. I read about cooking, I watch videos and I write as much…

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Soup is So Easy

Soup used to intimidate me. I have always cooked but only in the last couple of years have I felt comfortable with making soup. The irony is that soup is one of the easiest things to cook once you understand the basics. Once you learn them you will never want to open…

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Mediterranean Beet Salad

Mediterranean Beet Salad   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   This fresh summer salad is great for cookouts! Author: CreativEliza Recipe type: Salad Cuisine: Mediterranean Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2-3 lbs fresh beets: washed, peeled and cut into small cubes 1 cup crumbled feta cheese…