Citrus Magic: Lemons, Limes and Sour Oranges

It never ceases to amaze me how flavors come together in food preparation. In my opinion, cooking can be compared to alchemy. Like magic, ingredients and spices marry together to produce wondrous outcomes. A good cook seeks to balance flavors ranging from sweet, savory, spicy and acidic and transforms them into tasty delights. Too much…

The Best Pie Crust Recipe You’ll Ever Need

So many people say that pastry making is difficult and the outcome is never favorable. I hear this time and time again from so many. I have been making pastry at home for about 30 years and it’s become second nature to me. I can whip it up in no time. I have tried so…

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

As a child, I remember not liking lemon or lime desserts very much. However, as I got older, I began to appreciate the wonderful flavors of citrus. A bit of lemon or lime is such an amazing flavor enhancer to some dishes. In the summertime when the heat is almost unbearable, what’s more refreshing than…

Summer Sangria

This summer feels like it will be a scorcher as it is only mid-June. I like to entertain at my home and I prefer to hosts things in the late afternoon or early evening as the sun shifts to another phase; lifting the oppressive heat so common at this time of year here in Haïti….

Magnificent Mango Smoothie

It’s mango season in Haïti and the bounty of fruit is just amazing. So many varieties to choose from, it’s mind boggling sometimes. I received a case of Baptiste mangoes for my birthday from a friend who knows how much I enjoy this particular variety. They are very fragrant as they ripen and the flesh…

The Amazing Power of Lemons and Limes

There are so many awesome flavors which are fresh and exciting but the ones which truly stands out to me are the flavors of lemons and limes. I always keep a good quantity of both of these citrus varieties on hand and store them in my refrigerator cooling drawer as they remain fresher for a…

Carambola Jam

In my yard in Guyana stands a beautiful,mature and very prolific carambola tree. In my memory it was the perfect tree. It was not too tall that the fruit were inaccessible, nor too flimsy that it could not bear the burden of the fruit it bore; it was just right. Its mature trunk was thick…