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Orange & Cumin Vinaigrette

The Recipe: An easy vinaigrette, bright and vibrant, just fresh-squeezed orange and lemon combined with the earthy spice called cumin. Orange and cumin are a magical combination!The Conversation: How, exactly, do you pronounce "cumin"?
Exploring Afghan CultureMy book club is in the midst of a fascinating if-difficult-to-read book set in Afghanistan, interwoven stories of two women who for some while lived as men, one as a woman-man to guard the king's harem in the 1920s followed by a period of liberalization and another disguised as a boy to evade restrictions imposed on girls and women by the Taliban and tribal warlords post 9/11.Sound intriguing? Check out The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. It's a riveting book, offering such perspective on women's education, the role of women in families, freedom many of us take for granted and think of as our "right".
How Many Ways to Pronounce the Word "Cumin"?I didn't "read" t…

Spicy Raisin Sauce for Ham Recipe

My grandmother's recipe for the cinnamon- and ginger-spiked raisin sauce always-always served with the Easter ham, the Christmas ham, the Sunday ham. (You get the picture. That said, my favorite way to use Spicy Raisin Sauce is drizzled over a ham steak for an easy weeknight supper!) It's a "found" recipe: old-fashioned and 21st-century perfect, both at the same time.~recipe updated for a little Easter inspiration~
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Before Christmas last year, my cousin Diane walked into a family cookie party in Winnipeg carrying a wooden box. She laughed, “I’m cleaning out the basement. This was Nana’s recipe box.”Like magnets, my hands reached for our grandmother’s recipe collection, untouched for more than 25 years. For too long, I ignored my relatives to thumb through a long row of 3x5 cards, some familiar family recipes, many newspaper clippings including some from my mother’s Kitchen Parade columns, a few cryptic hand-written notes.Nana had cut or…