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Mushroom and Barley Arancini

Barley is one of my favorite grains.  I love the wholesome texture and the nuttiness… and I feel healthy just eating it. I spotted mushrooms and barley on the menu a few times in Iceland and I imagined recreating arancini, traditional Italian rice balls with this barley and mushroom combination. Dill is a popular herb in the Icelandic cuisine so I thought it would add brightness and balance to the decadence of the arancini. I’ve never... Read More

To The Core…

  As I mention in the About Me of my website, I am an explorer to the core. I have been that way since the beginning. I recently traveled to Iceland. It was such an adventure–new landscapes, new foods, new stories. Every time I leave for a trip near or far, it reminds me of how much I long for and get inspired by exploration… Here is a video of some of my adventures… Bourne Explorer Sizzle And FYI: I was very pregnant is a... Read More

Saying Good-byes before the End: Piano style

I have been extremely lucky in the grandparent department. My mom’s parents are still alive at 94 and last December they celebrated their 70th anniversary. However, the last few years, health has declined and the depth of memory has fizzled. But, up until a few years ago, some of my funniest and most drunken moments have been with them by my side. My sister and I committed one Friday a month for over a decade to hop on the New Jersey transit... Read More

Built on Faith

Its been an eventful winter. A Nicaraguan getaway. Skiing in the Rockies. I recently returned from a trip to Japan followed closely by a productive jaunt to Miami. I am passionate about travel. I enjoy getting away; learning about distant cultures and discovering new cuisines… But if you have been following these pages you know that for me it’s not about miles logged or passports stamped. It’s about finding passion and a purpose... Read More

Underrated Simple Pleasures

The pace of life pulsates sometimes at magnum speeds. But secretly, I think it parallels one of my addictions. Mastering multitasking, gracefully. The other day, when I was en route, I started thinking about the small things that create a happy dimple in our day. The underrated pleasures… Here is my recent list (in no particular order): 1) A mug of steamed water with a bundle of fresh mint: In Israel that is how we sipped tea. No bag to dunk.... Read More