Monthly Archives: October 2009

Swiss Chard with Balsamic Glazed Chickpeas

From swiss chard to kale to broccoli rabe, I love cooking with greens. They are low in calorie, high in fiber and an excellent source of vitamins & nutrients (iron, vitamins A, C & K, potassium, calcium). Many greens are also pretty cheap–kale and turnip greens are usually less than a dollar a pound, and…

Caramelized Carrot Leek Soup

Today’s gloomy weather combined with my office building’s propensity for keeping the temperature colder inside than out had me craving an endless bowl of piping hot soup. I turned to one of my favorite winter recipes; it takes extra time to caramelize the carrots and leeks, but it adds such depth of flavor, it’s well…

I’m a Cholent Nerd

I admit that I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to cooking, but I believe it has helped me perfect cholent-making. Cholent is traditional Jewish stew that one cooks on low for a long period of time, usually to have for lunch on the Sabbath. I’ve had good cholent, but because it…

Confessions of a Frugal Shopper

Some people have asked how I spend so little on food; the truth is, it’s a combination of things: I shop on sale. If I see staples I use regularly are on sale, I’ll stock up. I’m not picky. I buy similar items each week (assortment of fruit, veggies, leafy greens, dairy), but it can…

Going Gluten Free: Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

Some of you may have noticed that my recipes are frequently gluten free. That’s because I’m slowly going gluten free (and feeling much better as I go!). I’ve found a lot of ways to substitute high gluten things in my diet, but by far the biggest challenge will be substituting flour in baking (I’ve been…

Easy Veggie Side: Roasted Corn Salad

While shopping last week I saw some beautiful sweet yellow corn on sale. There are plenty of shortcuts to make corn salads without having to husk and cook your own corn (canned, frozen), but the taste and texture of freshly roasted corn is divine. I made this salad as a side dish for the Shabbat…

PSA: World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, celebrated each year on the establishment anniversary of the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization. It’s estimated that over 1 billion men, women and children are hungry & malnourished around the world, and as many as 1 in 8 Americans (especially in this economic climate). Today, I’m going to help end…

Pantry Raid: Hearty Lentil Stew

Today, I came home from work craving something to chase away the cold, rainy gloom. A quick peek in pantry yielded some red lentils, and the fridge held the remnants of a soup from last week (carrots, celery and onions). Throw in some earthy spices and a bit of fresh grated ginger, and voila! A…

Asian-Style Tuna Steak

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m a fan of easy and flavorful recipes. I also like recipes that are flexible and allow me to use the same flavor profile with multiple items. This is one of my go-to recipes: An Asian-inspired marinade provides a delightful medley of sweet, salty, tangy and spicy flavors….

Easy Veggie Side: Broccoli Salad

I am not a fan of mayonnaise-based salads (or mayo in general), so I try to get creative with coleslaw, potato salad and the like. This broccoli salad is similar to one my friend NS makes, but with an oil-vinegar based dressing (This is also a great alternative dressing style for those who are vegan)….