Israeli Couscous

Here’s a great side that compliments many a main course. I’m in love with this toasted couscous because of it’s flavor and size. Israeli couscous is larger than regular couscous and … [more]

Vegetarian Groundnut Soup

The specialty ingredients in this african influenced soup are worth the hunt. Makes about 4 servings. [more]

Irish Parsnip Soup

This is one of many variations of this soup that I found in Ireland when I was training as a chef. I came across this recipe in one of the many pubs I frequented. Some places in Ireland make it … [more]

Honey-Roasted Almonds

It is amazing what you pay in the market for these little morsels. So here is a recipe that will give you more “bang for the buck”. This recipe makes about 2 cups. [more]

Hot Sesame & Garlic Dip

This is a great dip for vegetables, bread, and chips. Makes skant 1 cup. [more]

Kalamata Olive Spread

This is a Spainish version of an olive spread as opposed to a Provencial tapenade . This recipe makes about 1 cup. [more]

Tomato Salsa

Freshness counts for a lot and this salsa is no exception. This is simple and basic, but, feel free to “doctor” it up anyway you like. Makes about 1 cup. [more]

Feta and Walnut Dip

This dip of salty, pungent feta pairs great with the flavor of walnuts. Use with vegetables, crackers, or Lebanese bread . This recipe makes about 2 cups. [more]

Chick-Pea Nibbles

These are great for parties or a great snack. This recipe will make about 6 cups. [more]

Oven steamed vegetables

I’ve got really into this idea recently. Basically, you just wrap some vegetables in an aluminum foil parcel and throw them in the oven with whatever else you are cooking. I’d seen this … [more]

Artichokes with mint and garlic

Your chokes are choking on steam! Let them drink wine, garlic and mint! Want to stop steaming your artichokes? Blow off some steam in just a few minutes, with this tasty side dish. Can be made with … [more]

South of the border beans and rice

Since Annika chose on her own to be a vegetarian for the first two years of her life, I found all kinds of yummy meatless dishes. Beans and rice together are a great protein; adding certain veggies … [more]

Carrot cake

This sweet and healthy treat is a birthday favorite for kids and parents alike in our household. But we hardly wait for birthdays to roll around to break out the cake pan. The kids love to help. … [more]

No bean hummus

This is a great way to make your own hummus without cooking! It’s easy, fast and packed with protein from the sesame tahini. I make a batch every week and serve it over rice and beans, or with … [more]

Skillet fried apples

This very ‘country’ dish is a family tradition. It is a sweet-tart and colorful addition to any meal. Great for using those tart apples that are delicious in cooked recipes, though any … [more]

Creamy Homemade Hummus

Hummus is a staple at my house. It’s great for last minute guests or something quick to ward off hunger. Makes about 3 cups. [more]

Lebanese Bread

I love good hummus and contrary to David’s opinion (see his recipe “ Posh humous” ) fresh hummus is better than store bought and you get a better deal than those over-priced tuna … [more]

Pan-roasted fennel

When I first prepared this wonderful method of cooking fennel, I was gob-smacked. It is that good. I am not given to hyperbole, and I get irritated when recipes suggest that “this is … [more]

Rocket pesto

I make this in England and people get upset that my pesto has no basil in it. It’s not like there’s a rule that says pesto has to have basil in it . In fact, there are no rules in the … [more]

Carrot and coriander soup

It was an overcast weekend and there was a definite chill in the air. Andrew and I were hosting a dinner party and it needed to start with some soul-warming soup. At the farmers’ market we … [more]

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