Garam Marsala (Wet Paste)

This a paste version of garam marsla . Itis great for a variety of cooking. [more]

Garam Marsala (Dry)

“Garam” is the Indian word for warm or hot. There are many variations of this blended spice and many families have their own blend. This spice blend is great for a variety of cooking. [more]

Phyllo Vegetable Strudels

This is an elegant way to serve seasoned vegetables. As always you can always add or subtract vegetables that are in season.This, along with a nice salad, makes a great meal. Makes 4 servings. [more]

Pasta with Miso Pesto

I am trying to expand my vegan recipes. So, I asked one of my chef friends and he said this was great tossed with pasta. He attributes this recipe to the Vegetarian Times. [more]

Paratha - Indian Flatbread

I like flatbreads and for that matter, any fresh made bread. This goes great with traditional curries and chutneys, but this is great for just about any meal. [more]

Armenian Beet Salad

This is one of my favorite dishes from the Armenian market across the street…a good Russian woman also made this for me often…I have now started making my own version, which includes much … [more]

Insalata Caprese (Traditional Caprese Salad)

I like this salad anytime I can find great tomatoes (especially when heirlooms are in season). It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s a great starter with wine. This makes enough for 4. [more]

Breaded Bocconcini Salad

There is nothing as simple and refreshing as Insalata Caprese . This is a basic variation with some more great ingredients added. I like adding semolina flour because it adds a little extra crunch. … [more]

Orange Chili Oil

This is a smoky, citrus version of the Asian oil. This is great for general cooking and dim sum. Also goes great for salad dressings . [more]

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad w/ Orange Chili Oil

This is a nice light salad. I make my own chili oil because I like to control the slighty, smokey citris with the grapefruit and avocado. But you can always use store bought chili oil, found in the … [more]

Fresh Roasted Beet & Mint Salad

This is a great salad with roasted pork or lamb. It is also great as a light appetizer. If you are a vegan or a vegetarian this nice colorful salad. [more]

Calvados Apples

This is a great side to serve over ice cream or spiced cakes such as gingerbread . [more]

Rocket and Watercress Salad

Here’s a simple salad that has a nice taste of pepper and a dressing that is as quick and easy to make as it is to shake a bottle of the cheap pre-made stuff. [more]

Steamed Broccoli

Of all the vegetables in all the world, broccoli is surely the most maligned. This succulent stalk need not be drowned in a heavy sauce or boiled into oblivion. Rather a luxurious steam bath will … [more]

Shocked Broc!

Ah broccoli — cooks quick, tastes great and rarely needs to be tarted up. But if you are looking to add a little flair to this perennial favorite without drowning it in a heavy sauce, then give … [more]

Beans Almondine

Spicing up the daily veg is always a challenge. Doubly so when you want to let the natural flavors speak for themselves. So here’s what I do when I want to add a little zing to string beans. [more]

French Burnt Peanuts

I always found these nuts irresistable. The crunch of the sugar coating into the taste of the peanuts is a great contrast. This recipe makes about 2 cups. [more]

Avocado Ice Cream

I always like to try something different. This was a very good and interesting surprise. I always love to see the reactions of people before and after they try this. This recipe makes about 1 pint. [more]

Tomato Soup

Maybe it’s a winter time thing, but even in Los Angeles I sometimes get a craving for tomato soup and grilled cheese. This is another of those wonderful recipes that is open to interpretation. … [more]

Beet and walnut salad

I love farmers’ markets. This salad was an amalgam of some of the best things I found in my shopping bag following my last trip. [more]

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