Planting Roots, Preserving Traditions and Creating a New American Dream

The time period I grew up in was one of integration as opposed to assimilation - meaning that my parents and their friends were able to incorporate traditions from their homelands into their new lives in America – they were creating a new American dream.

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Oven Roasted Baby Carrots and Fennel

Fall has been slow to arrive in Virginia this year, the trees remaining cloaked in deep hues of green until late last week, when hints of gold and rust began to appear. It was as if the season had finally started to wake up from its long, summer slumber, drowsily fading in a little more with each passing day, and bringing with it, cooler temperatures, and the anticipation of evenings in front of the fireplace, the aroma of roasted vegetables and fruit crisp wafting through the house.

 

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Cardamom and White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Pistachios and Rose Petals

Adding a few seeds of freshly ground cardamom to white chocolate adds a subtly sweet smokiness to the chocolate and creates the perfect coating for ripe and luscious strawberries.  Top with chopped pistachios and dried rose petals for a dessert that is as flavorful as it is beautiful.

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