Entries by Barbara Sobel

Bamboo Steamer Cod and Greens

I confess, I bought my bamboo steamer years ago and it has been sitting in a kitchen drawer taking up room. I finally tried it and I am hooked. If you have a steamer that you have not been using, I recommend pulling it out, dusting it off, and trying it out. Ingredients 3-4 pieces […]

Easy Ratatouille

I have included chicken in this recipe, but you can make it without or substitute in garbanzo beans for a vegetarian version. Ingredients 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breast 2 cloves (or more) minced garlic 1 onion 3 zucchinis 1 eggplant 2 peppers 5 tomatoes peeled and sliced or 2 jars of diced tomatoes (I use […]

Dried Beans

Who has a bag of beans in their pantry? Do you know what do with them? I’ve got some ideas. First off you need to soak them. I like to add a little salt and soak overnight so they cook faster and are easier to digest. Rinse well and add the beans to a big […]

Mediterranean Octopus

This week I made octopus for the first time. When I saw it on Fishmonger Don’s list, I thought about the times I have enjoyed octopus in Spain and Greece and decided this was the time to give it a try. Fortunately, it was already prepared (cleaned). It turns out that cooking octopus is super […]

Lentil Stew

There are many versions of lentil soup, which I love because you can flavor it with herbs, tomatoes, and a variety of spices. I often find that I need to add more liquid, especially with leftovers. I like cooking with French, green,  or Beluga, black, lentils because they keep their shape. I find that red […]

Oil Poached Salmon

Oil poaching is an easy way to cook fish and ensure that it will come out moist and tender. I chose one piece of wild-caught salmon that fed the whole table. The recipe will work if you use several small pieces. Ingredients Wild-caught salmon Extra virgin olive oil Lemon slices Salt and pepper   Directions […]

Roasted Sardines with Lemon and Mint

I say sardines and most people think about the smelly canned sardines and make a face. Fresh sardines are delicious and are one of the fish that very are high in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, trout, anchovies, and herring are some of the others). Fresh sardines are hard to come by these days, […]

Pesto Lamb Meatballs with Spinach

The first cookbook I bought myself was a family-style Italian cookbook. I liked all of the pasta recipes. I didn’t really pay attention until I went home to my apartment by myself and tried to make my first recipes. There were ingredients and no amounts. What! I freaked out at first, but then I jumped […]

Baked Buckwheat

Buckwheat is a delicious gluten-free grain. Yes, it has the word “wheat” in it, but it is really a seed that does not grow on grass and we eat it like other grains. When I think of buckwheat, I think of buckwheat crepes from France, soba noodles from Japan, and kasha from Russia. Buckwheat is […]