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Tasty Tuesday: Hello Halva!

The holidays for me can be bittersweet because I love sweets but the gluten in cakes, pies and cookies really don’t love me back, which is why I love halva. Halva is a traditional fudge from the Middle East.  There are as many versions of this treat that you can think of from areas as diverse as North Africa, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean, as well as, South, Central and West Asia. Some halvas contain wheat flour, rice...

Surprises in the Korean Garden

It’s so close to spring, I can hardly stand it. The weather is finally breaking, but it’s still a little windy (this is Chicago, by the way) and rainy. I long for days spent lazily in the park or days spent meandering through beautiful peaceful gardens and taking pictures. While searching the web for pics of Asian gardens to use as daydreaming inspiration, I found the work Korean artist Keysook Geum. From her studio in Seoul, former textile/costume designer turned...