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dsc_0861_1 (1)I am back on track, working on my cookbook and on alternate days putting my real life story together. My goal is to test all recipes for the book during the month of January.

February will be the month of more testing by my family and friends and a constant effort of writing and editing recipes, taking pictures and deciding which dishes are truly suited for this book.dsc_0613

The other day as I chopped onions and garlic, peeled sweet potatoes and pulled together a fragrant red curry, Sumaya stood watching and listening to my back and forth reasoning regarding the cookbook. I told her that this seemed like part of my legacy and something that I wanted to complete. Thirty five years spent stirring sauces, adding spices, visiting neighbors to watch them cook and inviting people into my home for meals and to take part in my culinary adventures. Delivering trays lined with cream puffs, lemon bars and decadent chocolate tidbits. Taking informal lessons on Moroccan Couscous, Indian curries and Palestinian Maclube. Afterall it felt as if my children had been raised in the kitchen and had become amazing home cooks in their own right. She nodded her head, her shiny manicured nails gripping a mug of curry topped with a large spoon of yogurt. She smiled and clicked her fingertips on the glass counter and then asked me one simple question, “What would you give to have a book of your grandmother Elva’s recipes?” And with her words I gathered new motivation to work on my legacy.dsc_0857

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  1. Hi Lynn..Your recipes look amazing and your writing is so expressive Lynn. I hope you are writing your cookbook with some of the culinary stories of the journey.

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    January 9, 2019
  2. You make me hungry, such wonderful descriptions! I say its a great idea! 🙂

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    January 9, 2019
  3. All of these treats look delish!! Let me know when you finish your cookbook, I want to get a copy!! 🙂

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    January 9, 2019
  4. Please consider adding the stories behind the recipes. I love cookbooks with a little more substance that just a recipe. I always want to know just why this recipe got included, what makes it special and who loved it so much that it became a family favorite. Good luck this month. That is quite a goal you’ve set.

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    January 9, 2019
    • Wow I really appreciate your input and I have gone back and forth on this idea so now I will totally do it! Thanks again!

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      January 9, 2019
      • Carissa Rasouli #

        Yes, I agree with her! I love small stories behind the recipes. It will be a hit for sure!

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        January 13, 2019
  5. Oh what a wonderful book this will be ! I’m so excited for you and your family!

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    January 9, 2019
  6. Not only does the food look amazing, but I love that square plate. Also that first photo is truly inspired with the landscape being mirrored by the plated delicacy.

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    January 9, 2019
  7. I’m sure your cookbook will be absolutely amazing!!

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    January 9, 2019
  8. I cannot wait for your cookbook to be published, Lynn. Your family benefits a lot form it, I guess… lol!

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    January 9, 2019
  9. Deliciousness! Indeed, a wonderful legacy, with so much of you and your family in each meal. (K)

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    January 9, 2019
  10. I love your book of poetry, Lynn, looking forward to the cook book too.
    Leslie

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    January 9, 2019
  11. I feel so so sorry for your test subjects, Lynn… NOT! Lol. Sounds delicious. Have fun. 🙂

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    January 9, 2019
  12. Those dishes sound and look yummy! I’m looking forward to the cookbook!

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    January 9, 2019
  13. WHYWHYWHY CANT I BE A NEIGHBOR OF YOURS!!!! I would be there every day with fork in hand. You wouldn’t even have to let me in. I’ll eat on the stoop!

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    January 9, 2019
  14. Lynz, You can send samples of the food you make that will go into your cookbook and I lol be happy to try them! LoL!

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    January 9, 2019
  15. what great inspiration!!

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    January 9, 2019
  16. Good luck with your book and will surely be a success as you have great writing skills.

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    January 9, 2019
  17. Everything looks delicious. Wish I lived closer I could be a taste tester! 😉

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    January 9, 2019
  18. Your life story and your cookbook, centerpieces to your life. This is wonderful that you are working on them both.

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    January 9, 2019
  19. Lynn, I hope you know how endlessly talented you are. I look forward to hearing more about your cook book.

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    January 10, 2019
  20. I look forward to your cookbook and think it’s a fabulous idea!

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    January 10, 2019
  21. They look so delicious

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    January 10, 2019
  22. Looks so-oo superb! Welcome back Lyn and a Happy New year to you and your family!

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    January 11, 2019
  23. This is VERY exciting! The pictures look gorgeous! I can hardly wait.

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    January 15, 2019
  24. Oh yes, please add stories about the recipes, maybe not all but your favorite ones. It would really add you to the cookbook. !! I can’t wait to cook your recipes in my kitchen. YOuir doing a great job!! XXX

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    January 16, 2019

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