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…

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…

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,…

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…
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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…
Pesto Lamb Meatballs with Spinach

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…
Baked Buckwheat

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…

Turkey and Winter Vegetable Hash

My husband is a casserole fan and I am not. Hash is the perfect compromise. Use the recipe as a starting point and substitute in any vegetables or ground meat that sounds good to you. You can also crack an egg on top and let it cook through…

Chinese 5 Spice Chicken and Cauliflower

Chinese 5 spice is a seasoning blend made up of you guessed it five spices that are a combination of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami flavors. It is usually made up of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds.…

Roasted Fennel and Parsnip Fries

I try and fill half my plate with vegetables at each meal. With the cool temperatures at night, I am not very excited to eat a cold salad at dinner, my usual standby. We have all had sweet potato fries, but here is a quick recipe for roasted…