I Am Happy … I Enjoy Life! Fanny said with a big smile! Fannie is a beautiful lady from Indonesia, about 35 years old, big brown eyes, wavy brown hair, and a gorgeous smile. I met Fanny few weeks ago when I hosted a dinner party at my place for the Indonesian Delegation, here in Charlotte to meet members of the Small Business Association. Fanny was helping me taking dishes to the table. I complimented her for the beautiful purple long skirt she was wearing. She raised the skirt and what I saw made my heart stop. On one side a leg with a high heel red patent shoe. On the other side an elephant leg, extremely big with large and small bumps, and ending with an enormous and irregular mass, naked, no protection on top or underneath. At that moment, looking at me and smiling, she said ” I am happy … I enjoy life!” She explained she has congenital elephantiasis and nothing could be done. She added that she has a nice life: a very nice apartment in Jakarta, a good job, a very a cute little dog, and many friends. About the job, Fanny explained she is working at Thisable Organization, where physically challenged people can find help to enter the work force. I wanted to help even though she said she did not need any help. I called my friends doctors, I went on several websites but at the end I had to accept that nothing could be done at this point. I can hear in my mind: ‘I am happy … I enjoy life! Elephantiasis is a condition characterized by gross enlargement of an area of the body, especially the limbs. Other areas commonly affected include the external genitals. Elephantiasis is caused by obstruction of the lymphatic system, which results in the accumulation of a fluid called lymph in the affected areas.

August 22, 2018

August 18, 2018

Cooking with Grazia Gourmet

Learn to prepare a tasty appetizer and a unique main dish alongside Grazia, a seasoned cook and the creator of Grazia Gourmet (GG). 

Enjoy the food you helped prepare with your guests.

Cost:                 For group up to 6 people, $300 flat f...

March 27, 2018

Health experts recommend reducing sugar in our diet. They talk about granulated sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, honey, maple syrup, stevia, and molasses.  No need to worry about sugar in fruits and vegetables because of their high content of fiber and minerals. An ora...

Makes 12 crepes.  Ingredients : 3 eggs, 2 cup flour, 2 cups whole milk, 1/2 cup beer, 1 T melted butter, 1t. salt. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and slowly add the flour. Keep whisking as you pour milk and  beer little by little.  Cover, and let the batter rest for a...

March 24, 2018

Ingredients : 1 cup black olives, strained and dried, 6 anchovy fillets, 2 T capers, 1 garlic clove, 2T olive oil, 1T cognac  Put all the ingredients in a blender.  Process until the mixture becomes a coarse paste, Serve with sliced bread or as a dip.

March 23, 2018

A hit among French kids. Serves 4.  Ingredients: 8 peeled and grated carrots, Sauce made combining:  Juice of 1 lemon, 1t Salt, 1 t. Pepper, 2T Olive oil, 2 T finely chopped Parsley.  In a bowl add sauce to the carrots.  Still well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and...

March 22, 2018

Serves 4. Ingredients: 4 medium round tomatoes sliced in half, 2 minced garlic cloves, 4 T bread crumbs, 4T chopped parsley, 2 T olive oil, salt and pepper.  Add a little salt to the tomatoes and place them, with the seasoned part down, on a platter so water comes out...

March 19, 2018

4 filet mignon about 1 inch thick, 1/4 cup cognac + 1T,  4 T crushed black pepper corn, 2 T butter, 1 t salt, 2/3 cup whipping cream. Marinate steak in 1/4 cup cognac for 30 minutes at room temperature. Coat both sides of steaks with crushed pepper. Let rest for 15 min...

March 18, 2018

The night before in a bowl  put together 1/3 cup granola , 1 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds, 1/4 cup cranberry.  Stir. In the morning add fresh fruit and

more yogurt or milk if you like it thinner.  Granola is very healthy because take out cholesterol...

March 17, 2018

Also called Spring Mix, is a mix of up to 14 different baby greens,  including spinach, radicchio, delicate leaves. Its flavor ranges from mild to slightly bitter depending on the blend.   Great paired with goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette .

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