Valentine’s Day Delights!

I have never really been a froofy Valentine’s Day type that expected flower petals in my bathtub, lingerie and perfumes, but I do love a mean box of chocolates! Lately though, a lot of my beloved chocolates have been hijacked. Transfat (disguised as partially hydrogetated oils) high fructose corn syrup (most likely GMO) and even…… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Delights!

Highlights of the Winter Fancy Food Show 2013

Are you one of those Costco junkies that look forward to meandering around the isles just so you can try out the samples? Well, imagine that food sampling experience and multiply it by 1000—and you get the Winter Fancy Food Show! (WFFS) The WFFS is the largest marketplace devoted to specialty foods and beverages in…… Continue reading Highlights of the Winter Fancy Food Show 2013

Healthy, no bake “Chocolate” truffles with secret Middle Eastern ingredient!

The holidays are just bursting with dangerous goodies that taste fabulous but really offer little nutritional value. I listen in awe to my mother’s stories of her childhood: “Blanche, chocolate was a luxurious rarity, so we often snacked on dates for dessert.” I realized she was on to something. When I just want some chocolate…… Continue reading Healthy, no bake “Chocolate” truffles with secret Middle Eastern ingredient!

Thanksgiving idea: Couscous with Glazed Figs, Almonds, and Feta

I love the juxtaposition of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy, and Couscous with Figs and Feta is just that and a lot more. Although this dish is vegetarian, there is no sacrifice of a rich meaty flavor coming from the plumped up figs. I also use whole wheat couscous, but If you are really…… Continue reading Thanksgiving idea: Couscous with Glazed Figs, Almonds, and Feta

Roasted Spicy Chickpeas–Middle Eastern Style

Do you plow through a supersize bag of chips while watching sports? Is there a stash of salty pretzels in a nearby drawer that you munch on as you addictively watch one Vine after another? Do you know the garlic fry vendor at At&T Park on a first name basis? If any of these descriptions…… Continue reading Roasted Spicy Chickpeas–Middle Eastern Style

Upcoming Art and Foodie Extravaganza!

I want to say thank you so much for your support so far! Whether you have found my videos and recipes from my youtube channel, from, or from the Los Altos Crier, I want to welcome you to my page! I just shot a new batch of videos for some tasty Middle Eastern style…… Continue reading Upcoming Art and Foodie Extravaganza!


So last year I planted an apricot tree in my garden, and had about 12 apricots on it by summer. This summer, there were almost 100 lovely little orange jewels beckoning from my tree. After harvesting them I had two ginormous baskets, which I proceeded to eat, and eat, and eat until I had some…… Continue reading Apricotmania!