Ghetto Gardening: A 2-Ingredient Compost

Did you know that March is National Coffee Month!? Well neither did I. Crazy because I love coffee. I should have known this. Since March is the time gardeners start planning what they will grow I figured I’d combine my two loves in this blog: Coffee and Gardening! All you need are two ingredients that…

Happy New Year!

Happy New year! Another year has gone by and a new year is upon us. As I reflect on 2018, I have to say it was a really great year for me. I had some many blessings come my way. I am in a much better place than when I started the year. I worked hard all year…

Lavender: The Calming Herb

With Floral Flavors being one of the big trends this year, Lavender is making its mark. There are a variety of Lavenders, so which ones are best for cooking? Lavender has been a big trend in cooking this years. It is very versatile because not only can you use it for savory dishes like meats…

Restaurant Review: The Farmhouse in Cherry Hill, NJ.

The Farmhouse in Cherry Hill The Farm-to-Table trend seemed to dominate 2017 and it will continue to have a strong presence this year as well. I visited the Farmhouse in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a restaurant known for its farm-to-table concept. Stu Wanicur is the owner and General Manager who has over 20 years experience…

Coca Cola launches first Alcoholic drink overseas.

With over 100 years in business, Coca Cola decides to expand their portfolio into the Alcoholic market. The world’s largest soda company wants to create a drink similar to the already popular Japanese alcoholic pop drink, “Chu-Hi” made from shochu containing about 3-8% alcohol. Shochu is a popular distilled beverage in Japan. Sales of this drink have…

Sumac: To Poison or Not to Poison

Sumac is a red burgundy berry that grows all over the world, but it is especially popular in Middle Eastern cuisines. It smells and taste a bit sour and tart but also has a citrus lemon flavor with a bitter finish. In Lebanon, sumac is used as a souring agent much in the same way…

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month followed by International Women’s Month on March 8. I have to say I am very proud to be a woman! During this month, we celebrate all the amazing contributions women have made and continue to make in recent times. Women’s History Month began as a week…

Spice Up Your Valentine with Exotic Flavors from the Middle East!

I have some exciting news this for this Valentine Day. Diana’s Spice Cantina will be coming out with three new Middle eastern spice blends and I’ll be premiering them at my Valentine Day Cooking Class at Audrey Claire’s Cook this coming Wednesday, February 14. Dukkah, Harissa and Za’atar will be making their grand appearance at the…

Too Busy to prep meals? Try this easy recipe for Overnight Oatmeal

It’s #MotivationMonday and I have an easy breakfast recipe that might motivate your Monday. With the New Year beginning I always like to reflect on my eating habits and see where I can cut down on calories. We get caught up in our busy lives and tend to take the easy road, ordering fast food. I prefer to run…

Top 5 Food Trends You Can Expect to See in 2018

Top 5 Food trends to look out for in 2018 Whole Foods has come out with their top food trends for 2018 most of which seems to be teetering on veganism. Despite, most are not really new food trends as I have seen some of these on menus in the past, including my own. However,…