Fava Bean, Prosciutto and Melon Spoon

Fava Bean, Prosciutto and Melon Spoon

This fresh Fava Bean, Prosciutto and Melon Appetizer Spoon takes the classical melon / prosciutto combination to a whole new level. The textures are interesting and the colors attractive. It is salty, sweet, fresh and surely invites you for more…

You know by now how I love appetizers. I made this colorful spoon for a dinner party with very close friends. We always laugh about it but I think that over the years, they earned their “trusted taster” badges!  We agree that they have to give constructive criticism and honest opinions because that is the only way to improve! This appetizer spoon got their seal of approval and I hope you like it too!

Bon Appétit

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Mujaddara

Mujaddara

Mujaddara is a classic healthy vegetarian lentil based dish. It is a staple of the Lebanese Cuisine and each family has its own version. The ingredients are very simple and always available in a Mediterranean kitchen.
Personally, I grew up refusing to eat this dish and remember arguing with mom over the Mujaddara each time it was on the menu. Mujaddara was a “weekly special” dish in my family; I recall my grandmother preparing it every single Friday. One Friday was the Mujaddara (we called it: Mdardara) where rice and lentils are cooked together and topped with crispy fried onions and the other week would be the Strained Mujaddara; where lentils and onions are cooked and strained like a thick soup, and the rice would be added at the end so its starch would give this comforting dish the consistency it needed.

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Mango Shrimp Spoons

Mango Shrimp Spoons

Summer is almost here. This mango shrimp appetizer spoon is deliciously sunny. The curried apple sauce is a hearty and flavorful vehicle that contrats beautifully with the sweetness of the mango and the shrimp. It does not require a lot of cooking, can easily be made a few hours in advance and will surely wow your guests.

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Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon is one of the most well known French meat stews. It is warm, comforting, delicious and has rich deep flavors.
I have been trying to recreate the best Boeuf Bourguignon for a long time and went through multiple recipes. In my opinion there are 3 major keys to a successful Boeuf Bourguignon: The overnight marinade in red wine, a (very) marbled beef chuck steak and patience!
It takes a little bit of planning and work but it is worth every minute.
It makes a great main dish on the weekend for a family gathering or a comforting and immensely flavorful meal at a dinner party. The boeuf Bourguignon tastes better the next few days; you will be happy to have leftovers!!

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Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Roasting or flash roasting vegetables is a super easy and quick way to have a warm dinner. When your tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower etc.. are lonely and getting sad in the fridge and you don’t have time to plan for an elaborate meal here is my advice: roast them!
While the vegetables are going through their magical oven transformation, you have time to prepare the rest of the meal components. The technique is easy and simple and the possibilities are endless. Be hungry. Have fun!

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