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The Land of Milk & Honey... and Shakshuka!

Of the many countries I’ve visited over the years, one of my very favorites is Israel.  My first trip was 10 years ago when I traveled with a large group to do the mandatory “pilgrimage tours” of ancient biblical history.  I’ve actually done those tours on two different trips, and they were perfectly enjoyable and educational.  But last year I decided I wanted to see what the buzz in the Israel food scene was all about…

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If You Give Anyone a Cookie...

One of my favorite children’s story books is If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff. It’s a silly story about a mouse who is offered a cookie, but wants a dozen other things before finally getting the cookie. At my house you can always get them because I keep a bag of frozen baked cookies in my freezer at all times! Even better, I have bags of frozen cookie dough balls ready to pop into the oven.  In just minutes there are freshly baked cookies ready in case I need to bribe, console, or happy-up someone! 

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Building a Chef's Garden Without a Green Thumb

Gardening has never been one of my talents.  I get really excited, and over zealous in the spring, with a car full of vibrant plants and pretty bags of seeds that I dream will soon grow in my garden perfectly enough for a Southern Living cover story.  But then it gets hot, and I either over water or under water, and the bugs take over like it’s a buffet.  But this year is going to be different…

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How To Have An Eggcellent Morning

Can you believe it’s time for school to start again? My kids are grown, and frankly, I don’t miss the back-to-school stress. But I know lots of parents are busily collecting school supplies, uniforms, permission slips, and after-school snacks. I also don’t miss those mornings getting my kids out of bed and forcing breakfast while they finished last-minute homework. Honestly, they preferred Pop-Tarts over my homemade breakfast, but at least I ate a hot breakfast while watching them run up and down the stairs searching for backpacks and matching socks.

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Memories of My Mom

Mother’s Day was always a big holiday at our house. We spent the day celebrating my mom, starting with making her breakfast in bed, pinning a corsage to wear to church, and treating her like the queen she was for an entire day. I am the oldest of three girls, and our mom was a homemaker who didn’t work outside the house. Well, that’s not really true. We lived on a ranch and….

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A Toast to Summertime

Ah, it’s finally summer! The kids are out of school, the pools are open, the heat is on, and everybody’s hungry. What do you make on those hot summer days when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen? My favorite go-to for an inexpensive and tasty meal is toast toppers. There are so many options to topping toast, and you can satisfy everyone’s palate. Whether you toast sourdough, brioche, sandwich loaf, or gluten-free bread, you can dress it up with a variety of tastes, including leftovers.

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A Taste of Wanderlust

I arrive at the home of Shannon Smith, known around the Tulsa food scene as a top-notch culinary teacher—a chef ‘s chef, really—who travels the world seeking out gastronomic techniques and flavors. Tonight’s dinner is hosted by Test Kitchen Tulsa, a sort of Fight Club for foodies where members are invited to a secret location to sample the food from the finest gourmands in Tulsa. Tonight, Smith is combining her role as chef and instructor with that of world traveler, as she takes us on an around-the-world epicurean affair.
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What's cooking? Q&A With SHANNON SMITH

Shannon Smith is a jewelry artist, world traveler and cooking instructor. She has taught cooking in Tulsa for 16 years, and travels the world teaching and learning different cuisines.
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