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:…

Are your garlic scapes escaping?

Do you have garlic scapes just begging to be made into pesto?  Hurry before it’s too late! I think of this time in the garden as “forage season” because it’s too early for the big crops like tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers.  Instead, it’s time for gleaning radish greens, garlic scapes, young lambsquarter, and a…

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:…

Super quick and delicious

I’ll just give you the link to this one because I followed the recipe, just doubled everything and sprinkled some fresh cilantro on top, which was a nice touch.  This Curried Broccoli Couscous is really quick (chopping the broccoli takes the most time), and it’s made for great lunches all week.  I probably didn’t really…

Broiled grapefruit

Grapefruit were on sale, and I picked up a few but just couldn’t bring myself to eat them.  Who wants cold grapefruit on a cold morning?  Not me, apparently…  Anyway, according to some sources, February is national grapefruit month, and, as I needed to plan a menu for an event, I decided that maybe grapefruit…

Vegan pumpkin scones with fresh cranberries (and very little sugar)

Doesn’t that look delicious in the morning light?  😉  I wrote previously about my experimental vegan pumpkin scones and accidentally leaving out the sugar.  It turns out that people seem to like them better that way! I’ve got a stash of cranberries that I need to use up, so one morning I decided to add…

Pumpkin and black bean curry

I was scrambling to put something together for a potluck one day, and this was the result.  It started out as this recipe, and I simplified it a bit (seeing as I hadn’t planned ahead enough to use dry beans).  It was a hit, and I’m happy to have another recipe to help me use…

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)….

Korean stir-fried cucumbers

I’ve only made one other cooked cucumber recipe (although I may have stuck some in a biryani or something, once), and that recipe definitely proved that cooked cucumbers are edible (and delicious), but it was kind of a lot of work if you’re trying to use up a lot of cucumbers… So, Google helped me…

Chocolate syrup

I ran out of chocolate syrup awhile back and kept put off buying it…  I just didn’t want another plastic bottle and corn syrupy sweetness.  But, it took me a long time to find the time to do anything about it. Finally, I found this recipe, and got myself together enough to whip up a…

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….

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…