For Families

You know that saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? Well it’s not true. There’s a phrase that comes in handy for most any occasion or incident when something not-so-nice has been said: “Thank you.”  Here are a few examples.
blk_dots_white1_400x372We’ve just completed a round of holidays and most of us have spent a good amount of time with friends, family, and co-workers in the process of celebrating.  Though holiday get-togethers can sometimes be stressful, it’s important to recognize how very important they are.  “Psychology Today” recently reported that “In surveys to determine the factors that contribute most to human happiness, respondents consistently rate connection to friends and family-love, intimacy, social affiliation-above wealth or fame, even above physical health...Loneliness isn’t about being alone; it’s about not feeling connected.”
One of the first meals my mom taught me to cook is a very easy, healthy roast chicken with vegetables.  When she first told me how to make it, I was amazed at how such little seasoning could turn chicken into a flavorful meal. And, there is no need to prepare an entrée and vegetable course when serving this dish as it combines the both!  Here's how to whip it up (adjust the portions to fit your needs).
In Hawaii, many backyard gardens grow the long squash that is green and can grow up to several feet in length.  Long squash is especially plentiful in the summer months.  Despite the heat of the season, my husband and 2-year-old son love to eat squash soup so much that they can devour it week after week.  I've even resorted to doubling my original recipe to keep up with them!  The best part about Squash Soup, above the rave reviews and nutritional value, is that it's super easy to make and a perfect one-pot meal.  So, I thought that some of you may be interested in the recipe and making it for your families.  Here it is:
shahrzad-tea1I've been making ice cream for several years now and it took awhile to get the basics down from the equipment to the technique and the ingredients.  Now that I've mastered chocolate, vanilla, and a few other popular flavors, I've been delving into some new ones.  One of them is unexpected and yet appears to be nearly addictive so I thought I'd share it with you.  It's Persian Black Tea Ice Cream.
As a company, we used to stress over gift-giving, wondering what gifts of appreciation we could give to our allies, friends, and family that would be well received and communicate how much we value them. As with many things, the answer came when we looked inward.