Cucumber and Orange Salad

This simple cucumber and orange salad was inspired by something I ate at a farm-side restaurant outside Barcelona years ago. I was on a very-low-budget European tour with a girlfriend in 1999 and one of the many many many pickles we found ourselves in on that trip included the time my entire purse — passport, […]

Roasted Cabbage

I know. Roasted cabbage. BO-RING. But, y’all, this is one of my go-to vegetable side dishes. Seriously we eat this once a week. So I wanted to tell you how to roast cabbage! First you cut the cabbage into wedges. It’s easiest to cut it in half lengthwise first, then lay each half down and […]

Coconut Curried Collard Greens

These curried collard greens are one of my favorite recipes from my Homestyle Vegetarian Cooking Course and I love ALL those recipes so it was a tough decision to make. I love the simplicity of preparation and the textural combination of thick, caramelized coconut milk, tender collard greens and nubby little chickpeas. I came up […]

Macaroni Salad

This is a slight variation on the macaroni salad my mom used to make when I was a kid. I have such fond memories of that salad that I even included it in my Learn to Cook book! To me, it’s the classic, creamy macaroni salad that everyone thinks of when they think of awkward family […]

Cabbage and Kumquat Slaw

It’s the most magical time of year again: kumquat season! These teeny tiny citrus fruits are short-lived in stores and markets so get some while you can (just close your eyes, grab a handful and pretend you don’t see the $10 per pound price tag as you jam them in your pockets and walk out of the […]

Chorizo fried rice

Chorizo fried rice is great for a quick breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner. I’d heard of bacon fried rice before and I had some really excellent chorizo in the fridge and I figured bacon and chorizo have about the same amount of fat so it ought to work. And it does. See??? Here’s picture proof! The recipe […]

Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms

Ooh lala! If you’re looking for a super easy thing to make that kids and grown-ups will all eat, creamy orzo with mushrooms is the thing. Orzo is a tiny rice-shaped pasta (orzo means barley in Italian) that is most often used in soups, but I like to cook it as a side dish and […]

Winter Salad

Here’s a new meaning of “wintry mix” for ya. A sort of slaw: A winter salad of Napa cabbage, apples, celery and citrus. Napa cabbage is one of my favorite salad ingredients because it’s crisp and mild and can be eaten freshly dressed (like a lettuce salad) or left to marinate a couple of hours […]

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic mashed potatoes — smooth, buttery, rich and savory — are one of my favorite foods. When fresh and hot and fluffy, there’s not much better to eat. These are the kind of mashed potatoes you want on your plate with your chicken fried steak and cream gravy. These are the ones to serve with […]