• 24 Tips For Cultivating A Cultured Family In The New Year

    Cultured. This adjective is used to describe something that can be cultivated or made. It can also be used to describe a person who is intellectually- and artistically aware, as well as courteous and well-mannered. And, at some point this year, I came to the beautiful and humbling realization that it also describes the family that my husband and I have created. From the moment that each of our daughters were born, my husband and I have tried to raise them to be individuals who want to continually learn about, and positively impact, the world in which we live. Specifically, we want them to value and care about the people…

  • Five Yummy Greek Treats Every Foodie Should Try

    I am a foodie who is fascinated by savory and sweet foods alike. So, I make a point of visiting various bakeries and cafes when I’m traveling so that I can get a taste (no pun intended) of local fare. Fortunately, my hubby and girls are also always interested in doing the same thing. And, thanks to our trip to Greece, we’ve been able to add several more sweet treats to our list of family favorites. If you like exploring foods from different countries and cultures, I encourage you to try the below Greek treats–during a future trip to Greece or in your hometown–if you haven’t done so already. Your…

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    12 Delicious Greek Foods You Should Try

    Thanks to the talented home chefs I’ve known throughout my life–including my mom, grandmothers, aunts, and mother-in-law–I have developed an appreciation of food that allows me to enjoy familiar dishes, as well as be open to trying new ones. And, some of the dishes or foods that I’m most fond of right now are considered staples in Greek cuisine. If you are interested in finding out more about this type of Mediterranean cuisine–which I enjoyed during our family’s trip to Greece and continue to seek out in Chicago-area restaurants–be sure to add the below dishes or entrees to your list of Greek foods you should try. Greek restaurants usually offer…

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    Why Fort Collins, Colorado, Is A Cultural Foodie’s Dream Town

    What cities would you put on a list of great food towns in the United States? Chicago, Illinois? Nashville, Tennessee? Austin, Texas? While these cities are worthy of being included, after our family’s recent trip to Fort Collins, Colorado, we think this friendly, mid-sized college town should also be on it. In fact, thanks to the different cuisines (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, French, Greek, etc.), not to mention desserts (e.g., donuts, ice cream, cupcakes, etc.), that we ate during our time in Fort Collins, I think the town is a cultural foodie’s dream. I’d visited two other cities in Colorado years ago, but I had never been to Fort…

  • Cooking Cuisines From Different Cultures Can Be Educational And Fun

    My husband, daughters and I really enjoy eating meals made up of dishes from cultures that are different from our own. Doing so is a palate-pleasing experience and also inspires us to pause for a moment to think and talk about the people who are credited with creating or perfecting various dishes. My girls will sometimes ask if they can help me as I’m cooking. This provides the perfect opportunity for me to toss out such questions as “How long ago do you think this recipe was created?” or “Why do these herbs and spices work so well with the other ingredients in the dish?” Because I’ve always encouraged them…