Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Tomatoes & Warm Spices

Moroccan tagines are savory stews made with spices and vegetables. A bit of a departure from the usual fare,  these stews provide you with welcoming warmth and intoxicating aromas. They  make for good eating.   Chickpeas are simmered in a light tomato sauce infused with several spices. This is no ordinary beans and rice dish. Smoked paprika … Continue reading

Addictive Black Bean Salsa

Every time my husband makes a business trip to San Diego, he comes home raving about the delicious salsas and tacos he has eaten there. I don’t blame him. California Mexican is so fresh and flavorful.  Believe it or not, just outside of Boston sits a great little taco joint too. Taqueria El Amigo is … Continue reading

Artichoke and White Bean Salad

  This is a Mediterranean inspired, sunny salad that relies on some canned ingredients and some fresh ingredients to make it work. Canned artichoke hearts add a lemony lift to the creamy white beans. The salad is tossed with a simple dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. I make it in winter with either … Continue reading

Lighter Chickpea & Spinach Curry

I fell in love with Indian cuisine after my first bite of spicy vindaloo more than 15 years ago. Around the same time, I heard cookbook author, Madhur Jaffrey, being interviewed on the radio. Her beautiful descriptions of the spices and methods involved in Indian cooking made me long to make it even more. The idea … Continue reading

Rice and Lentils

After tasting the rice and lentils served at my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant, I was inspired to give my old recipe a facelift.  Sofra, in Cambridge Massachusetts,  serves their rice and lentils with plenty of spice, making it complex and modern.  My new recipe is moderately spicy and just delicious. Humble rice and lentil pilaf … Continue reading

Spanish Chickpea & Tomato Stew Served with Toasted Quinoa

  This vegetable and bean stew is inspired by the Spanish flavors of smoked paprika and saffron.  It answers the call for something satisfying.  It’s loaded with protein, fiber and antioxidants. Low in fat but big in taste, this healthy stew is started on the stove top and finished in the oven for maximum savoriness. If … Continue reading

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

 I’ve Moved! Please find this recipe by clicking on the link below: Quinoa Gratin with Mexican Flavors Hope to see you there! xo ~ Jilly