Baked Popcorn

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Baked Popcorn

I have an unhealthy relationship with popcorn. It all goes back to my childhood. We used to make popcorn on the stove and fill huge glass Pyrex bowls with it – one bowl per person. I remember sleeping at a friend’s house when I was in third grade. Her mom made popcorn. One bowl. For … Read more

Japanese Pizza

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Japanese Pizza

I ran across the idea from this is Food and Wine (see their recipe here). The concept is you make a crust from rice (this is similar tahdig, a fantastic Persian rice dish I shared recently) and then top it with manchego cheese and Asian ingredients. The possibilities are endless. On a recent might I … Read more

Tostada Dinner Solution

This is a dish I turn to when I am desperate for something for dinner and have very little time to throw something together. This recipe is very flexible. Use any kind of protein. Use any kind of vegetables. Substitute other herbs or cheese. The basic idea is a corn (or wheat tortilla), topped with … Read more

in late 2012 I learned I was gluten and lactose intolerant. It was really hard to accept at first. My first thought was that I would toe the line at home but since it is “just” an intolerance and not an allergy, I could eat the forbidden foods when dining out or at other people’s … Read more

Christmas Donuts

The recipe for these donuts originally came from one of the Goldy catering mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson (she calls them Galaxy Doughnuts). Over the years, I’ve altered it a bit. We have this every year for Christmas breakfast, with hot chocolate. The donuts are warm, buttery, cinnamon-y, and comforting. I always makes them in … Read more

Red Velvet Pancakes

I saw this recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays and had to make it. The combo of pancakes with red velvet cake sounded amazing. She has this as a Valentine’s recipe, but I thought it might make a fun Christmas breakfast.  We tried it out and I’m sorry to tell you … Read more

Tahdig

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Tahdig

My daughter urged me to try out a recipe for tahdig, a Persian rice dish. This is so incredibly simple to make and you can customize it to suit your tastes. I am not wild about super spicy foods, so we went low key. Add more turmeric or other spices to yours if you like. … Read more

Noodle Bar

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Noodle Bar

I haven’t had much time to blog lately. Between two very big book projects, a family member in hospice, 2 dogs plus 2 dogs visiting, crazy schedules and too much travel (for my daughter to interview at medical schools), I am barely keeping my head above water. Dinners here are whatever I can throw together … Read more

Tortilla Soup

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Tortilla Soup

I made this soup once, a long time ago and it’s been hanging out in my recipe notebook ever since. Recently I made it again and we really enjoyed it. The recipe says to strain the soup. It’s actually not completely necessary if you prefer it chunkier.  Make sure you remove the bay leaf if … Read more

Honey Mustard Carrots

This simpler than you can imagine. Take 5 large carrots. Peel them and slice them the long way. Preheat the oven to 400. Put them on a greased baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes, turning them once. Mix 2 tbsp honey with 1 tbsp Dijon mustard. Brush on … Read more