Mediterranean Green Bean Salad – Clean, Crisp, Fresh, Herbal and Bright

Mediterranean Green Bean Salad – Clean, Crisp, Fresh, Herbal and Bright Mediterranean Green Bean Salad with Sweet Pepper, Fresh Herbs, Toasted Hazelnuts, Kalamata Olives & Goat Cheese

One of the advantages of teaching a cooking class or having friends for dinner, I’m driven to perfect unfamiliar recipes. So, there I was with a Mediterranean Green Bean Salad on the upcoming class menu, and only had a recipe to try from the cookbook of a famous chef Continue reading

Nashi Pearls & Mandarins (Asian Pears & Tangerines)

Nashi Pearls & Mandarins (Asian Pears & Tangerines)Nashi Pearls – Luscious, Light & Lovely

What a challenge I gave myself. Coming up with a dessert for this Saturday’s Flavors of Japan cooking class wasn’t easy. Classic Japanese meals usually end on a savory rather than sweet note. Although sweets are loved in Japan, they’re more likely to be served with tea in the afternoon. Continue reading

Moroccan Cinnamon Oranges – A Perfect Dessert

Moroccan Cinnamon Oranges - A Perfect DessertMoroccan Cinnamon Oranges – Refreshingly Luscious & Easy

Throughout Morocco, seasonal fresh fruits are more typical than cooked desserts. In Saturday’s Moroccan cooking class, these traditional Moroccan Cinnamon Oranges won kudos all round as “the perfect dessert.” Refreshing, luscious and easy to do. A great combination alongside Pistachio Date Truffles and Fresh Mint Tea in gold patterned glasses. Continue reading

Tuscan Kale Kabocha Squash & Orange Salad

Tuscan Kale Kabocha Squash & Orange SaladTuscan Kale Kabocha Squash & Orange Salad – Hardy, Flavorful & Satisfying

Can’t you sometimes just tell from reading a recipe or looking at a picture that it will be good? That’s what happened when I read the recipe for this colorful, vegan winter salad. Earthy kale, sweet squash and juicy oranges seemed like a scrumptious combination of flavors, textures and colors. Continue reading

Ambrosia — When Life Gives You Oranges

Ambrosia — When Life Gives You OrangesAmbrosia — Simply Oranges & Coconut


  1. Greek & Roman Mythology The food of the gods, thought to confer immortality.
  2. Something with an especially delicious flavor or fragrance.
  3. A dessert containing primarily oranges and flaked coconut. Continue reading

Spiced Oranges & Spiced Orange Syrup

Spiced Oranges (c)jfhaugenOrange You Glad It’s Time for Dessert?

Growing up in Southern California, always available sweet, ripe oranges were a way of life and completely taken for granted. I gave them nary a thought until I moved to London to attend the Cordon Bleu. Oh my! Small, green and sour were the only “oranges” around. Continue reading

Orange & Almond Cake

Orange Almond Cake (c) jfhaugenHappy Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, honey is sweet and so are you!

A Cake for All Reasons . . .
Moist, luscious, gluten-free, honey-sweetened Orange and Almond Cake is a great birthday cake, an excellent tea cake, a cake for Valentine’s Day Continue reading