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Baked Coconut Turmeric Chickpea Rice

Not too many dishes get me overly excited. Baked Cococnut Turmeric Chickpea Rice is officially one of my favorite new side-dishes. Simply cooking this dish had me excited. The heavenly aroma as the sauce boiled had me anxious with anticipation. Cooking great food has been always been therapy for me. Especially, with all of the […]

African Vegan Juneteenth Dinner

One of my sisters requested that I make a special African or Bahamian inspired Juneteenth dinner, that included no meat! Being the great guy that I am, saying no was obviously not an answer. “Sure sis, no problem. I’ll get right on it!” Keep in mind this would be my first attempt at making a […]

Sunny Side Eggs with Breakfast Potatoes & Avocado

Being home so much throughout this Covid-19 pandemic, has me cooking much more than normal. That being said I am always looking for new and creative ideas for breakfast. So I came up with the idea to make something spicy. This recipe may not be 100% original but, I will surely make it again, and […]

How to Start Your Day on a Positive Note

I want to encourage you to voice your “attitude of gratitude”. Say thank you and give constructive feedback to your staff, friends, children, and co-workers

Grooming Tips Every Man Should Know

If you still believe male grooming is taboo we beg to differ. Long gone are the days of male scorn for taking care of himself. Are you less of a man because you want clean finger nails, take care of your skin, or even dress well? Hopefully, your answer is no to these questions. Women […]

Healthy & Positive Ways to Cope with Anxiety

Anxiety is something that can be both mentally and physically exhausting. For one reason or another this has been a lifelong battle I have had to deal with. Sometimes it gets so severe it affects my eating, mood, and ability to function in day-to-day situations. So how does one overcome such a testing condition? The […]

Prosciutto Ham, Baked Pears and Mozzarella Burrata

A super easy appetizer that amps up the wow factor! Pears baked in honey and fine Italian balsamic, plus sweet burrata cheese, are rolled up in flavorful prosciutto di parma. Depending on the season, substitute with peaches or figs.

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