Category: Appetizers, Breads and Side Dish Recipes

  • Five Recipes You Should Try

    I’ve been taking a break from work for the last few months, which means my kitchen has been cranking out many a weeknight meal. I think I set the bar too high. A recent review of my rigatoni in vodka sauce from my 9 year old went something like this: “It’s good but it’s not […]

  • Roasted Eggplant Yogurt Dip

    As a kid, I remember being really fascinated with how my Dad could take a big, sturdy purple eggplant and turn it into a silky, sweet yet savory and nutty vegetable. Sometimes this transformation involved roasting the eggplant in the oven and peeling off the purple skin. This revealed the eggplant’s slowly roasted, silky tendons. […]

  • Skillet Potatoes in Garlic Lime Oil

    I’m not sure if there’s a rule against re-posting old recipes. But I decided that in service of sharing delicious things to eat with you, I should repost my recipe for Skillet Potatoes in Mojo De Ajo (Garlic Oil) from 2009. Mojo De Ajo means Garlic Oil but it also translates into Garlicky Tangy Oil […]

  • Cheesy Crispy Quinoa with Broccoli with Mushrooms

    Discovering that your child loves quinoa is like coming home to find the dishes done and laundry folded (side note: thank you progressive education school with a cafeteria that provides healthy, nutritious meals). This combined with discovering the texture of roasted, cooked quinoa (spoiler alert: crunchy bits, soft fluffy bits, same nutty flavor) borders parent […]

  • Crispy Spinach Chaat

    I’ve always thought of zucchini flowers as an excuse to eat fried ricotta cheese. Spinach chaat is a similar excuse to enjoy crunchy, spicy chickpea flour with tangy spices, minty chutney plus cool creamy yogurt. It’s a mix of textures, temperatures and tastes that all come together in one bite. That mouthful pleasure is what makes chaat – […]

  • Working Mom’s Puff Pastry Samosa Loaf

    I had already well established that stuffing puff pastry with delicious fillings only leads to more deliciousness when I started making puff pastry samosas. Then one Tuesday this past summer at about 4 p.m. I had a seismic realization. My daughter’s pre-school teachers were coming for a home visit. I would be expected to serve […]

  • Toasted Radish and Chive Crostini

    I stood in my kitchen thinly slicing a bunch of radishes feeling slightly awestruck by their beauty. The hot pink skins and unblemished, creamy white interior. The way they sliced so thinly with little effort on my part. A pile of them collecting on my cutting board looking like little pieces of pretty paper. Like […]

  • Crunchy Bean Salad with Buttermilk Dressing & New Jersey

     If you believe my Twitter profile, I was forced to leave Brooklyn kicking and screaming. If you saw the kitchen that I get to cook in now, you would know that’s not exactly the whole truth. Earlier this year, we packed up our house and moved our family across one bridge, two rivers and one […]

  • Lemony Kale Salad with Mint and Green Chili

    This past week had a first for me – I signed up for a CSA. I resisted for a long time because I had visions of seasonal vegetables languishing in my fridge. But we’ve been pretty good for the last few months about not letting our fresh veggies see too much of the inside of […]

  • Puff Pastry Samosas – A Spicy (Simple) Super Bowl Treat

    Puff pastry is an ingredient where no matter what you stuff in it will lead to delicious-ness. So go figure if you stuff it with spiced potatoes and peas, you end up with flaky, buttery, spicy delicious-ness. For Super Bowl Sunday, my friend Jason came over and we formed a samosa stuffing assembly line. Then […]