What's Going on in the Kitchen

Thai Vegetable Soup

Thai Vegetable Soup

It’s only fair to share…I’ve only spent 2 New Year’s away from my parents and siblings. This last year (VIETNAM!!) and in 2009. We rang in 2009 with our friends David and Olivia in Prague, Czech Republic. With a couple of their friends, my husband’s cousin Randa and our family […]

Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

It’s only fair to share…  Everyone has their own macaroni and cheese recipe. My mom’s is a classic that uses butter, milk and American cheese. That’s it. It’s simplicity at its best except that American cheese is terrible for you. It cannot even be classified as cheese in Europe. But in […]

Turkey and Spicy Lamb Sausage Gumbo

Turkey and Spicy Lamb Sausage Gumbo

It’s only fair to share…       It’s getting cold out here. Not like Toledo cold, where it gets to -10F with a foot of snow, but Shanghai 35F cold. We’re spoiled here I know. My internal winter shell is gone. A mere 3 years out of Toledo and […]

Celery and Asian Pear Soup

Celery and Asian Pear Soup

It’s only fair to share…Soup is a great healthy way to start your lunch or dinner. I find myself making at least one pot of soup a week. The majority of these steaming hot bowls of goodness are broth based. Rarely do I use heavy cream simply because I don’t […]

Homemade Laban (Lebanese Yogurt)

Homemade Laban (Lebanese Yogurt)

It’s only fair to share…We are a yogurt loving family! We put it on nearly everything, especially Lebanese dishes. When I arrived in Shanghai and saw the price of Yoplait yogurt, I decided it was time to commit to making my own yogurt. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made it many […]

Indulgent Scrambled Eggs

Indulgent Scrambled Eggs

It’s only fair to share…A vital part to healthy eating is creating various dishes that are not only good for me but filling. One can only eat oatmeal so many times during a week! It’s very easy to resort to low fat options in the USA, but not here. I find that I […]

Crispy Waffles

Crispy Waffles

It’s only fair to share…Some mornings I’m all about eating healthy. Eggs, oatmeal, fruit. Other mornings my body is hankering for a bit more of a splurge. This morning was one of those mornings. It’s been a while since I’ve made waffles. Mm mm…. Crispy and so easy to make! […]

Bean and Cheese Burrito

Bean and Cheese Burrito

It’s only fair to share…My husband and I have been on a 2016 healthy kick for about a week now. It’s going pretty good. We’re both using MyFitnessPal to track our calories and activity level. It’s amazing how many calories are in the simplest of foods. Take Kirkland’s Dried Fruit […]

Fasoolia (Lebanese Chili)

Fasoolia (Lebanese Chili)

It’s only fair to share…I’m pretty sure every country has their own version of Chili. and the Lebanese are no different. Fasoolia is a really simple kidney bean dish to make and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s part of my family’s regular Lebanese dish rotation and makes it on our table at least […]

My First Shanghai Family Magazine Article: Oatmeal Cups

My First Shanghai Family Magazine Article: Oatmeal Cups

It’s only fair to share…A few months ago I was contacted on Facebook by Darcie Hunter, a food writer for Shanghai Family Magazine. She told me that there was an opportunity for me with the magazine, could we meet up? A few days later we grabbed dinner at Commune Social […]