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Eating Desserts in Jars {Recap}

This past weekend my mom and I took a ride to Burlington, WI for the opening weekend of Fried Green Tomatoes Farm presented by Desserts in Jars. We were a little worried about how the weather would be, as we’ve been having nearly constant thunderstorms, but everything turned out well and we didn’t get rained on! The farm is my kind of farm.  Of course there’s animals and produce but it’s also not the “don’t-forget-your-mucking-boots” kind of place.  It’s clean, cute, and just enough country – but not too much. We walked into the big red barn, that serves as…

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Desserts in Jars at Fried Green Tomatoes Farm

Next weekend I’ve been invited to attend an event in Burlington, WI to celebrate the opening of the Fried Green Tomatoes Farm.  They’ve teamed up with the publishers of the fabulous cookbook Dessert in Jars by Shaina Olmanson.  Take a sneak peak of the cookbook;   Desserts in Jars Cookbook Promo Trailer from Ingman Photography on Vimeo. The Fried Green Tomatoes farm is really a destination in and of itself.  The artwork and creations of Dan DiPaolo are on display in the barn. Not only do I get to go, but I’m bringing a guest.  American Grandma will be with.…

Gifts Giving Traditions Around the World

I was recently interviewed for an article on Cloud 9 Living about gift giving traditions in Morocco.  You can check out my responses here but they also sent over a fun infographic. Interesting isn’t it?? This interactive gift giving map, brought to you by Cloud 9 Living, is meant for world travelers, study abroad students, those living in or visiting a foreign country; and anyone with curiosity about cultures, traditions and etiquette standards around the world. The map specifically covers gift giving traditions in China, India, Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Italy, Sweden, Bolivia, Tibet, Morocco, Russia, Samoa, Israel and the…

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Finding Morocco at the International Folk Festival

When I moved to our hometown it was mostly in haste and my mom’s comment that “we have a university here.”  She had just relocated after my high school graduation to get re-married and I had yet to visit the area. My college career sent me to lower Michigan (Michigan State) but when life stepped in I needed to be closer to family. My plan was to transfer for a single semester and then head back to East Lansing. I ended up staying the next two and a half years and walking away with my undergraduate degree. We’ve since lived…

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Crunchy Chickpeas For Your Fall Party

Something about fall makes me want to throw a party! There’s something about football season, cool weather, boots and sweaters that make me excited to heat up the oven and make a great meal to share. My favorite trick for throwing a great party is mixing up great homemade food with some items that are already prepared. This helps me keep my kitchen time to a minimum while still serving fabulous dishes.  Who wants to be in the kitchen for the whole party? Last week I got a package of these delicious chickpea snacks in the mail and couldn’t wait…

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Eat The World – 2012 Food Olympics

I LOVE the Olympics.  Even when I was really young I can remember waiting to watch the opening ceremonies to see all of the country flags, outfits and teams. It was so exciting to see people from all over the world. I guess you could say I had a huge love of the world for all of my life. I thought that it would be fun to see if I could get recipes from bloggers all over the world to share on Friday July 27th, the opening day of this years’ Olympics. Ideally the recipe you share is one from…

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The Best Meal I’ve Eaten {Recently}

I’ve been so busy here getting ready for Ramadan that I almost forgot to share with you some exciting news.  At the end of June I went to Chicago for the day to meet with some other great Midwestern bloggers.  Verizon Wireless selected us to be a part of their Midwest Savvy Gourmets’ program for the next six months.  The program pairs food bloggers with the latest technology.  I’m pretty geeky when it comes to technology so I was excited to see what was in store. Verizon put us up at the really awesome Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago.…

A Vegetarian Eid al Adha with Saffron Road Food

Eid al Adha is right around the corner (Sunday) and is perhaps most well known as the “sheep holiday”.  Muslim families purchase a live ram and on the morning of Eid sacrifice the animal.  This is done as a remembrance of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on God’s command.  At the last minute God replaced Ismail with a ram.  After the sacrifice families separate the ram into three parts; one for themselves, one to share with friends or family and one to donate to the poor. Many women pride themselves on creating a wonderful meal on Eid, making many…