Hummus

Creamy, spreadable, tangy, and a little sweet, hummus pairs well with a wide variety of raw and cooked ingredients, and also tastes good all on its own. Ingredients: 1 Cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 3-4 Cups water 1/4 Cup tahini 4 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp lemon zest (optional) 1 tsp…

French Toast

This is one of my favorite breakfasts to make on weekends, especially when I want something particularly toothsome. Ingredients: 4-6 slices brioche or challah, sliced into 1 inch pieces (2.5 cm) Two eggs 1/3 cup half and half 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Nutmeg to taste Syrup, jam, marmalade, or honey, for finishing…

Freezing Pesto

Pesto is a wonderfully versatile way to celebrate seasonal ingredients. Freezing pesto can bring summer back to your table even when it’s cold and snowy outside. Ingredients and Equipment: One batch cilantro stem pesto, or your favorite pesto An ice cube tray (preferably with a lid), freshly washed and dried A spoon Preparation: Spoon the…

Cheesy Polenta

Crispy and creamy, fried polenta makes a delightful companion for curries, sautés, and sauces. This recipe can be made ahead of time; wait until just before serving to fry the polenta. Ingredients: 1/2 C Polenta 3 oz Goat cheese (85 g) 1/4 C Grated Parmesan or Asiago 2 1/4 C water or bouillon 1/2 C…

Quick Fix: Nachos

This recipe is one of my favorites for a quick and easy meal during the week. Ingredients: 2/3 Cups Greek yogurt 2/3 Cups chili or bean dip 2/3 Cups shredded cheese (cheddar, queso blanco, Monterey Jack, or another mix of mild cheeses) Your favorite salsa, hot sauce, or barbecue sauce, to taste 9-12 ounces of…

Cooking With Urfa Biber

I use lots of different peppers in my cooking, but if I had to choose just one, I would select Urfa biber each and every time. Like so many of the chillies loved around the world, Urfa biber, also called isot pepper, is made from a cultivar of capsicum annuum, the same species which gives…

Pappardelle with Mushroom Cream Sauce

I am definitely one of those people for whom cheese can improve an otherwise hopeless day. Add a quick béchamel and some succulent mushrooms, and dinner can form the basis of much needed self care. And in 2020, we can all use some more options for de-stressing and clawing back some comfort from a world…