Coconut Oil Today

Currently, coconut oil can be found in almost every supermarket and health food store across the country and the Internet brims with success stories and celebrity-backed campaigns touting the oil's many health and beauty benefits.  Scientists have also begun to affirm some of the supposed healing properties of coconut oil.  For instance, in 2008 the …

What Is Thirst?

The cup of water you give to the poor, to the sick. the way you lift a dying teach an ignorant child, the way you give medicine to a leper... your attitude and manners toward them -- all this is Love for the world. "There is still love in the world!"  Let's imprint this in …

Never Send Away A Hungry Person

Words of "Mother Teresa"   "Give whatever you can, and if you have nothing, do not worry; give your hands to serve and hearts to love. By helping others, you will be rewarded with peace and joy."

Summer Rolls

You can make shrimp and vegetarian rolls in advance or set things out and invite everyone to roll their own.  The prep work is all done ahead of time, so all you have to do is lay out the building blocks (fresh herbs, crisp vegetables, shrimp, salty-sweet dipping sauces) and let guests go to town. …

Mango Salad

This refreshing salad serves as a delicious side dish for the summer rolls, but if you put everything out all at once, you may find that some of it makes its way into the rolls, too.       2 very firm underripe mangoes (about 2 pounds) 1/3 cup Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce 6 scallions, …

Lemon Ginger Cookies

To make things more visually interesting and to carry on with the helo-yourself feel of the evening, keep the dessert course loose and carefree.  Set out the roasted pears, then place some drop cookies on a platter, with squared of store-bought dark chocolate, dried fruits, and toasted nuts.   1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, …

Texas Sheet Cake

This bake-sale and potluck staple is moist, dense, and ultra-chocolaty.  We lined the pan with parchment to make it easier to transfer the cake to a serving platter.       For Cake. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more (room temperature) for pan 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 1 teaspoon …