Occupy: Your Independence

I consider myself to be politically aware but not astute. It’s a conscious choice actually. Both my parents grew up in the 60’s, are very liberal and verbal about their views. I am liberal too but I try to stay on the sidelines, watch but don’t participate. My focus is on my…

Pumpkin Seed Pesto Chicken with Olives & Raisins

This dish was a little time intensive but oh so worth it. First I made the pesto and applied it as a marinade to the raw chicken with skin removed and fat trimmed. I covered and placed in the fridge for a couple of hours. Then I saute the chicken with the…

Cheese & Chutney Snacks

I can’t really take full credit for this recipe but as usual, I added my own touch to the inspiration. This is a classic Indian snack which combines Paneer cheese with a chutney middle and then is battered and f fried. The seeds in the batter is what give it a distinct…

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

A couple of days ago my daughter Elsa and I watched Cinderella for the umpteeth time. The movie begins with the song, “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes“. And listening to the song, and the familiar story that followed, got me thinking… In our childhood we embrace the fairytale fantasy…

Tortilla Sencilla

Above: A ‘Tortilla’ is a Spanish quiche Tortilla Sencilla   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 1 hour 10 mins   This is very simple and light. Also looks pretty! Recipe type: Main Serves: 6 Ingredients 2 medium potatoes ½ cup of sliced fresh mozzarella cheese 6…

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust   Print Prep time 1 hour Cook time 30 mins Total time 1 hour 30 mins   Great comfort food. Works best with the leftovers from a roasted chicken Recipe type: Main Course Serves: 8 Ingredients Crust: 1 stick butter cut into chunks 1…

Access to Information = Freedom

I didn’t begin this post with the intention to write anything related 9/11, an event I was only a mile away from during that fateful day, witnessing the drama from my window before evacuating. I wanted to write a post about access to information but lo and behold, it’s really about freedom….

Indian Cultural Society

Ever since I have returned from the Dominican Republic I have felt exhausted at least 80% of the time. I’m used to the intensity that follows one of my trips — all my clients in the U.S. waiting for my time and their projects. And I knew that this trip would be…

Cherry Charlottes

This dessert is really easy and super yummy. Cherry Charlottes   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 35 mins   Great way to use fresh cherries or other summer berries Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 6 Ingredients 3 cups fresh cherries 1 tbsp corn starch 2-3 tbsp sugar…

Power of Prayer

On my flight to Santo Domingo I sat next to a very friendly young woman, still nearly a girl, who told me she was traveling with a group to do missionary work in the Dominican Republic. This was her second trip to the DR, the first being to the resort area of…

if i could tell you…

it’s the space between the words the gentle intake of breath it’s your lost island look when i’m near it’s the sense i am so beautiful i bless you with my smile it’s the unexpected touch i’m still here it’s the love we know we’d make and the children that would come…

Baked eggplant with red potatoes

Mediterranean Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Mediterranean Baked Stuffed Eggplant   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 35 mins   Pair this dish with Mediterranean sides like whole-grain couscous. Recipe type: Main dish Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 large purple eggplant cut in half 2 pork sausages, skin removed (bratwurst size) minced 1 medium…

Chocolate-Filled Mango Cupcakes with Cherry Frosting

Above: Finished cupcake revealing the chocolate center. I came up with this while planning my daughter’s fifth birthday party. I wanted a tropical theme to celebrate her roots (she is half Dominican and spent her first 4 years there) but I also needed to incorporate chocolate, my daughter’s favorite food. Chocolate-Filled Mango…

Coconut Shrimp Risotto

Above: Plated on steamed spinach with fresh grated Parmesan on top. Coconut Shrimp Risotto   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour   Creamy and delicious, this dish is very healthy if you use brown rice. Recipe type: Main Serves: 6 Ingredients 1½ tbsp olive oil…

Plugged In, Tuned Out

Even though I am American, having lived in the United States most of my life, the 8 years I spent in the Dominican Republic shifted my perspective. I am from here yet not, oddly similar to the way I felt when I lived overseas. There, I related so much and yet felt…

Baked Samosas

Above: Finished samosas are really good with mango or mint chutney. When I use the oven, especially in the warmer months. I have to make use of the whole oven so I feel that heating up the house is worth it. Since I was already making the chicken today, I decided to…