Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)

This is another one of those recipes that is so easy to make and so delicious that you’ll wonder why you don’t make it more often. You can use fresh peppers—as I did for this recipe—or jarred ones which you rinse. I cooked the peppers over the grate of my stove at work, but thisContinue reading “Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)”

Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)

This is another one of those recipes that is so easy to make and so delicious that you’ll wonder why you don’t make it more often. You can use fresh peppers—as I did for this recipe—or jarred ones which you rinse. I cooked the peppers over the grate of my stove at work, but thisContinue reading “Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)”

The Miracle of Controlled Spoilage (bis)

“Preserving was almost a mania with Mrs. Bergson… When there was nothing to preserve, she began to pickle.” —Willa Cather, “Death Comes for the Archbishop” (1927) Fermented foods still amaze me. Not only are they bursting with flavor and so incredibly good for you, but they basically make themselves; you simply provide the proper conditionsContinue reading “The Miracle of Controlled Spoilage (bis)”

The Miracle of Controlled Spoilage (bis)

“Preserving was almost a mania with Mrs. Bergson…When there was nothing to preserve, she began to pickle.” —Willa Cather, “Death Comes for the Archbishop” (1927) Fermented foods still amaze me. Not only are they bursting with flavor and so incredibly good for you, but they basically make themselves; you simply provide the proper conditions and letContinue reading “The Miracle of Controlled Spoilage (bis)”

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Asparagus Aglio e Olio!

So this is yet another rendition of cooking vegetables (and usually pasta) aglio e olio, or with garlic and oil (and hot pepper and chicken broth). The recipe below contains broccoli but today I made it with asparagus (’tis the season). Substitute whatever vegetable(s) that you like or have at hand. This recipe is soContinue reading “Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Asparagus Aglio e Olio!”

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Asparagus Aglio e Olio!

So this is yet another rendition of cooking vegetables (and usually pasta) aglio e olio, or with garlic and oil (and hot pepper and chicken broth). The recipe below contains broccoli but today I made it with asparagus (’tis the season). Substitute whatever vegetable(s) that you like or have at hand. This recipe is soContinue reading “Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Asparagus Aglio e Olio!”

Macaroni al forno con cavolfiori…

I posted this recipe about a month ago but made it again for dinner yesterday. It is so easy and delicious I thought I’d re-post it. Now if you’ll excuse me I think I’ll go have some leftovers. Baked Macaroni with Caramelized Cauliflower and Two Cheeses Make four small or two large servings 1 cupContinue reading “Macaroni al forno con cavolfiori…”

Macaroni al forno con cavolfiori…

I posted this recipe about a month ago but made it again for dinner yesterday. It is so easy and delicious I thought I’d re-post it. Now if you’ll excuse me I think I’ll go have some leftovers. Baked Macaroni with Caramelized Cauliflower and Two Cheeses Make four small or two large servings 1 cupContinue reading “Macaroni al forno con cavolfiori…”

Really good bread…four igredients, ok five, but one is optional

 Okay, so here is something about me you likely do not know…I was once one of these people that thought making homemade bread was difficult. Well, it’s not. And even after I had mastered it and became somewhat obsessed with making it I still thought it was impossible to make a really good loaf usingContinue reading “Really good bread…four igredients, ok five, but one is optional”

Really good bread…four ingredients, ok five, but one is optional

 Okay, so here is something about me you likely do not know…I was once one of these people that thought making homemade bread was difficult. Well, it’s not. And even after I had mastered it and became somewhat obsessed with making it I still thought it was impossible to make a really good loaf usingContinue reading “Really good bread…four ingredients, ok five, but one is optional”

Baked Macaroni with Caramelized Cauliflower and Two Cheeses (yum!)

Okay. So this is really delicious. How delicious is it, you may ask? Well if you notice in the servings I wrote that it makes either four small or two large portions. When I first put it in the oven I looked at it and thought it would easily serve four, but when it cameContinue reading “Baked Macaroni with Caramelized Cauliflower and Two Cheeses (yum!)”

Baked Macaroni with Caramelized Cauliflower and Two Cheeses (yum!)

Okay. So this is really delicious. How delicious is it, you may ask? Well if you notice in the servings I wrote that it makes either four small or two large portions. When I first put it in the oven I looked at it and thought it would easily serve four, but when it cameContinue reading “Baked Macaroni with Caramelized Cauliflower and Two Cheeses (yum!)”

Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli

This is a recipe that is not unlike moudardara, I suppose, and it is a good example of how a recipe is basically a thought or an idea and not necessarily a blueprint or carved in stone. Anyhow, this is really delicious and easy to make, and it’s also a one-pot recipe so cleanup isContinue reading “Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli”

Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli

This is a recipe that is not unlike moudardara, I suppose, and it is a good example of how a recipe is basically a thought or an idea and not necessarily a blueprint or carved in stone. Anyhow, this is really delicious and easy to make, and it’s also a one-pot recipe so cleanup isContinue reading “Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli”

Rice with Fish and Other Good Things…

  Okay. So this is good. Really good. Delicious, if I do say so. It’s also relatively easy to make. And of course this recipe–like most that I post here–is not carved in stone. It’s intended to be more of a guide. Interchange, add, or delete ingredients or seasonings that you like, don’t like, orContinue reading “Rice with Fish and Other Good Things…”

Rice with Fish and Other Good Things…

Okay. So this is good. Really good. Delicious, if I do say so. It’s also relatively easy to make. And of course this recipe–like most that I post here–is not carved in stone. It’s intended to be more of a guide. Interchange, add, or delete ingredients or seasonings that you like, don’t like, or happenContinue reading “Rice with Fish and Other Good Things…”

Seven is the lucky number…

This is one of my favorite loaves of bread and it is so easy to make. The beauty of it is that it only has seven ingredients, and–unlike most supermarket breads–all of the ingredients are easily recognizable and understandable. If you want to get real bare-bones you can pare this recipe down to just fourContinue reading “Seven is the lucky number…”

Seven is the lucky number…

This is one of my favorite loaves of bread and it is so easy to make. The beauty of it is that it only has seven ingredients, and–unlike most supermarket breads–all of the ingredients are easily recognizable and understandable. If you want to get real bare-bones you can pare this recipe down to just fourContinue reading “Seven is the lucky number…”

A well educated beet…

This is a really simple recipe that is really bursting with flavor…it’s basically a sweet-and-sour vegetable recipe. The beets, after being peeled and sliced or diced, are cooked in a water-vinegar-sugar solution, and then the liquid is thickened with cornstarch. There’s a couple interesting theories on the name of this recipe. One is that itContinue reading “A well educated beet…”

A well educated beet…

This is a really simple recipe that is really bursting with flavor…it’s basically a sweet-and-sour vegetable recipe. The beets, after being peeled and sliced or diced, are cooked in a water-vinegar-sugar solution, and then the liquid is thickened with cornstarch. There’s a couple interesting theories on the name of this recipe. One is that itContinue reading “A well educated beet…”