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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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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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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 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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