Cork Talk

Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

Spanish cuisine is focused on creating dishes that use fresh ingredients reflective of the region it is produced or grown. Spanish olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, eggs, and the smoky spice of paprika are commonly shared ingredients you will find in many Spanish dishes. There is an intrinsic understanding that what grows together, goes together in

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Food + Drink

Next Stop The Hague

Arriving late afternoon in Amsterdam, and moving quickly to baggage claim with the final exit just beyond the glass doors, we could see him. His oversized smile greeted us. A moment reminded me he grew older, a little wiser but, remained virtually unchanged. His smile, his incredibly sunny and optimistic disposition unchanged from his first

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Food + Drink

Dog Days of Summer and Green Goddess Pasta Salad

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer. It’s ridiculously hot, and it is only June in North Florida. So, what do we do? We suffer through the heat and humidity. We complain but, we celebrate summer time, which for many is the best season.  Our summer table changes drastically too, to reflect the heat of

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Food + Drink

Reflections at 35,000 feet and Hearty Vegetable and Beef Borscht

At 35,000 feet, I reflected on how blessed we were to be beginning a month-long journey through Europe. Our travels would bring us to Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. We have hosted students over the decades from three of these countries. These once high school students are grown-up with careers and families of their

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Food + Drink

Weeknight Lamb Ragu

Lets jazz up a weeknight dish with something other than chicken breasts. Have you thought about lamb?  Lamb is perfect for changing up the weeknight routine. Ground lamb can be used exactly as ground beef in most recipes. Lamb is flavorful and delicious, and more healthy than ground beef due to the health promoting omega

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Savoring the Season

Creamy Carrot Soup with Warm Spices

Spring carrots steal the show here in this beautiful easy to prepare soup with loads of warm spices like cinnamon, fennel, coriander, and ginger. You can prepare this soup in an Instant Pot or it can be easily adjusted to make on your stove top. I love serving healthy simple soups as the main entree,

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