“Seas” . . . a Forte Friday Post!

"Seas" . . . the song In keeping with my Forte Friday posts, I'm sharing "Seas" this week. It is one of the songs from my first album, "Creation: A Musical Tapestry", which was launched in July, 2010. This album musical portrays the story of Creation as recorded in Genesis 1. The seas were created after the heaven and the earth, on Day 3. It was then the God commanded "the waters of the earth gathered together at certain places. The waters formed seas and oceans, lakes and rivers, so that in other parts, the dry land became visible." (Chabad.org.) Thoughts on "Seas" . . . When you think of "seas", do you think of a tumultuous storm with raging winds and waves? Or do you think of a calm sea? If you have ever been on a cruise, I'm sure … [Read more...]

Xiomara’s Authentic Guacamole!

Xiomara's Authentic Guacamole from Guatemala! We were so blessed to have Xiomara show us/ teach us how to make her Authentic Guacamole at our "South of the Border Cultural Food Fair" last week. Xiomara and her husband, Benjamin, who are from Guatemala, came to the United States in the 1980's. She shared with us how to make her Chicken Enchiladas, Mexican Rice, and this Guacamole. All of the food she showed us how to make were delicious! I'm waiting for the other recipes to share with you soon:) I chose to name both Xiomara's and Amalia's recipes as "Authentic" because their recipes are from their home countries as they prepare them there. One of the things that both Xiomara and Amalia expressed to us was the difference between the foods … [Read more...]

Easy Chicken Stew with Brown Rice!

What's for dinner? The eternal question for working moms . . . and even us retirees: What's for dinner? When I work at Candace's shop, the last thing I want to think about is cooking dinner. I look for recipes I can put together fairly quickly, and still be tasty and nutritious. That's where this Easy Chicken Stew with Brown Rice comes in. I found a collection of Sukkot recipes. (For those of you who don't know what Sukkot is, it is the Harvest feast of the Jewish people . . . similar to our Thanksgiving. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in these recipes.) One of the recipes was for a Chicken Okra Stew. It looked really good, but, I didn't have any okra, AND I didn't want to go to the grocery store to get some. Anyone been there? So, … [Read more...]

Autumn Apple Chicken Salad, a fall delight!

Autumn Apple Chicken Salad, the perfect fall lunch! In keeping with my "I love a salad for lunch!" mentality, I found a recipe for an apple chicken salad from natashaskitchen.com. It used similar ingredients to those I like to put in my salads, like baked chicken, dried cranberries, feta cheese and pecans. So, I decided to take her recipe and put my twist on it to make my own salad, the Autumn Apple Chicken Salad:) Making the Autumn Apple Chicken Salad . . . I loved the way she placed her salad ingredients in "rows" on the plate . . . kinda like a Cobb Salad. Then, once she poured the dressing on, she tossed the salad. The differences between her recipe and mine are: I substituted sliced apples for the pears. The pecans I … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Muffins for fall!

Muffins anyone? I love muffins . . . just about any kind of muffins. My Mama does too:) So, when I was able to create this recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Muffins, I made some for her and for us. These muffins are delightfully delicious, with dried cranberries and chopped pecans, but they aren't too sweet. Just right, in our opinion. And, since October is a month to make anything pumpkin . . . pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, and even pumpkin bread . . . the time was perfect to make these muffins. (The pumpkin pie can wait until Thanksgiving, that is, if you can wait that long:) I actually found the recipe on a Jewish website for Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins. This is their Sukkot holiday/ feast, which is similar to our … [Read more...]