Lemon Scallion Couscous Cakes

These lemony couscous cakes get their moisture and flavor from lots of scallions, the larger the better. If you can only find small scallions then just use more of them. I like to serve these cakes with my Moroccan Chickpea Tagine, my  Moroccan Eggplant Tagine or a Persian Salad (recipe under salad on the side bar). But, … Continue reading

Sticky Sweet & Spicy Turkey Meatball Poppers

These caramelized meatball poppers come together in a flash. Finely grated onion keeps them ultra moist and tender. Ground turkey keeps them on the lighter side. Sweet and a little bit spicy, these mini meatballs are anything but boring. The sticky honey glaze, cozy cumin and spicy harissa (or sriracha), give them a Moroccan flair. … Continue reading

Creamy Fresh Pea Soup with Lime & Basil

  This is a creamy, dreamy, fast and easy pea soup. It’s made with frozen peas. They’re elevated to something quite fresh and lovely. White wine, basil and fennel give it a complex flavor. If you don’t love fennel, you can omit it with good results. But, it quietly complements the flavor of the peas … 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

Fresh Pasta with Lemon, Herbs and Peas

  This is light, lemony pasta dish can be bumped up with sauteed shrimp or toasted pine nuts. It can be made vegan by omitting the cheese. It’s also a great sidekick for a piece of grilled fish or chicken. Rustic and easy, this no-fuss pasta is what I love so much about simple Italian cooking. … Continue reading

Hot Sesame Tofu

    There are those who love tofu and those who hate it. And then there’s a small minority who fall somewhere in the middle.  To me, wok-tossed  tofu with a feisty sauce is good eating.  Because tofu is pretty bland, it needs lots of flavor to get my attention. This tofu is lightly pan … Continue reading

Thai Style Corn Fritters with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

At least once every couple weeks, I find myself craving something golden brown and crispy.  So, I make endless varieties of vegetable fritters. My readers seem to enjoy them too. This is a Southeast Asian take on an American classic.  The sweet corn kernels pop in your mouth against the fluffy, moist centers and crispy … 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