Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

I am so lucky to have a bounty of garden-fresh herbs to cook with all summer long.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to another great tip from Cooks Illustrated, you can dry herbs in the microwave. Yes, the microwave! In about 2-3…

Recipe Roundup: Tomato Palooza 2020

Summer = Greg’s (my husband) garden-fresh tomatoes! In honor of my husband’s dedication to growing and nurturing these little and not so little gems, I’m rounding up our favorite tomato recipes that I’ve been making this summer. This year is our 2nd annual  “Tomato Palooza” and we’re not letting Covid-19 stop this festive outdoor family…

Rustic Tomato Toast (Pan Con Tomate)

When you have overly ripe tomatoes, almost too soft to slice, make Pan Con Tomate. This humble, rustic toast is a way to take tomatoes and bread and turn them into a meal.  You need only a few simple ingredients but the quality of these ingredients is what creates perfection. Be sure to use the…

Kohlrabi Fries

I experimented with kohlrabi over the winter, making kohlrabi fritters, and my husband loved it so much he wanted to grow it in his garden this year. Our kohlrabi is ready to harvest so this time around I’m making kohlrabi fries. The trick to kohlrabi is trimming it’s rough, irregularly shaped skin without losing too…

It’s Pesto Time!

If I had to pick a scent that screams summer, it would be the aroma of fresh basil. I use this fragrant summer herb, straight from the garden, as an unexpected pop of flavor in sandwiches and salads, sprinkled on pizza and eggs and of course as the star ingredient in pesto. Needless to say,…

Roasted Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Trapanese)

While I was listening to a cooking podcast, a chef was asked how to use canned tomatoes and almonds that were sitting in the caller’s pantry. His answer, make Pesto Trapanese. I was unfamiliar with this Sicilian pesto made from tomatoes and almonds so I did a quick google search and found many different ways…

Whole Grain Black Bean Burgers

I hesitated to post this recipe because of the longish list of ingredients but it’s mostly things you probably have in your fridge and pantry. These bean burgers get their texture from a mixture of whole grains. I suggest using a blend of grains like barley, Kamut, farro and some wild rice because these grains…

One Pot Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas

When you can cook a meal in one pot, count me in! I found this recipe from Bon Appetit (BA) and loved the use of pantry staples. Chickpeas stand in as plant-based protein, canned tomatoes add sauciness and of course, pasta is the ultimate comfort food. The original recipe from Bon Appetit does not have a…

Cooking From Your Pantry

Things are very uncertain right now. We are practicing social distancing, and restaurants in the area are closed for dine-in service. Whether or not we want to, we are cooking and eating at home. Some of us find solace in cooking, the act of feeding our families, that tiny bit of control we have in…

Pantry Practical Chickpea Salads

As we all find ourselves eating at home, coming up with creative ways to use our freshly stocked canned goods becomes a new challenge. Here are two ways to whip together an easy bean salad using chickpeas or any canned bean on your shelf. Canned beans are a hearty source of plant-based protein, rich in…

Soy-Glazed Tofu with Crispy Mushrooms

If you’re not a fan of tofu, this pan-seared, crispy tofu dish adapted from bon appetit Healthyish might change your mind. Browning the tofu adds much-needed texture and paired with the intense flavor of the mushrooms and soy glaze makes this meat-free dish a winner among both vegetarian and carnivores. I suggest using oyster and…

Zesty Shrimp and Noodle Salad

I made this for a recent family gathering and it was a hit. It’s versatile because you can serve it warm or make it ahead and serve it cold. For the noodles, choose your favorite spaghetti, thinner pasta is better. I used gluten-free brown rice pasta (Jovial brand) but any would work well. The ginger,…