Orzo with chickpeas

This is a modified version of the Couscous with Chickpeas recipe from the 1997 edition of the Joy of Cooking.  It’s a simple and interesting meatless main dish, and I usually eat it cold, so it’s convenient for packed lunches.  There’s not too much over-the-stove time, so it’s a pretty good summer option, too. Ingredients:…

Pasta with pesto and edamame

Just before I made my last batch of garlic scape pesto, I used up the last of the pesto and garlic scape pesto from the year before to make this simple summery dish.  Cleaning out the freezer is important work, right?  😉 I think I originally got the idea for cooking edamame with pasta from…

An Easter Salad

My mom asked me to bring this salad for Easter dinner.  The table full of European guests was shocked when the American girl piped up and said she had made it.  😉 Basically, I doubled this recipe from The Armenian Kitchen with a few adjustments made based on what I had on hand, etc. Ingredients:…

Hummus

I’ve finally hit upon a hummus recipe that I like.  The recipe I’ve had for years and kept making (but wasn’t really wild about) had too much tahini in it; that’s what I finally decided was wrong with it.  With a little tweaking, voila! it came out much more delicious (at least to my taste)….

Smoothie add-ins

In my recent smoothie kick, I’ve stuck to a pretty basic formula of one banana (fresh or frozen), one other fruit (usually a peach or nectarine), a healthy glug of lime juice, and some milk.  This is a good basic smoothie any day, but it’s all the little “extras” that add a little variety (which…

Couscous with zucchini

This is a fabulous summer side dish.  I love couscous when it’s hot out because it cooks so quickly, and with the zucchini cooked in you’ve got your vegetables taken care of, too.  It’s one of those recipes (like carrot soup) that is so tasty that it’s hard to believe the ingredients are so simple….

Herbed floral mayonnaise

I was planning for a tea party and still sailing along on the “try new things” buzz from Cambodia, when I whipped this recipe up.  I was researching tea sandwiches and came across recipes for herbed mayonnaise and floral mayonnaise, so I decided to just pack the herbs and flowers into one spread for the…

Chocolate Mint Smoothie

So now that I’m experimenting with fruit in the blender, I wondered about blending up something chocolate…  I Googled chocolate banana smoothies and came up with several recipes that looked good (like this one). I decided to stick with something simple the first time, and basically made this Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie, except that I…

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scapes are new to my vocabulary, and a lovely addition to the produce I can harvest from the garden!  The ones pictured above are a little past their prime for cooking, but I used them nonetheless.  I was on the other side of the globe while they were at their peak.  🙂 These seed…

A smoothie or something

One of the fun things about travel to new places is the food, and Cambodia was no exception.  It was hot, hot, and humid while I was there, and I appreciated the wide variety of fruit drinks available in the comfort of cafés with “air con” such as the refreshing lime ginger juice available at…

Quick and Delicious: Thai Pork Salad Wraps

This recipe is originally from Taste of Home and I’m posting it with very minimal modifications (i.e., no mint). It’s so simple to cook up, but it’s really tasty. It’s one of those recipes where I wonder how such simple ingredients can turn into something so delicious when you put them together. Paired with steamed…

Quick and easy homemade dressings

No real recipes here today, just links to two salad dressing recipes on other sites that I whipped up for my Valentine’s Day dinner party earlier this year.  Spring salads will soon be on their way, so I thought it would be good to pass these along now. The first is a raspberry vinaigrette that…