Light & Luscious Leek and Potato Soup

This is magic soup because with minimal effort you get a big reward. Everything gets put in a soup pot with some water. Voila, after about 30 minutes of simmering, a cozy and deeply flavorful soup appears. Fresh dill compliments the creamy potatoes. A  splash of wine and a pinch of nutmeg give the soup additional layers … Continue reading

Moroccan Chickpea Tagine

Moroccan tagines are beautifully fragrant stews made with key spices and whispers of saffron. The French are very fond of them. I make a lot of tagines! To my delight, a French woman once wrote to me to say that my tagine recipes are some of the best she’s ever tried. This vegetarian version is … 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

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

Thai Style Broccoli with Coconut Cream & Lime

  The flavor profile of this dish is reminiscent of Thai coconut curries, only it’s lighter and fresher tasting with lots of texture. Broccoli is diced and quickly cooked. It’s given a hit of perky ginger and chili powder or sriracha sauce for some mild heat. Just a touch of warm cumin and coriander, along … Continue reading

Thai Style Strawberry Cucumber Salsa

One summer, Tom and I were lucky enough to vacation on a remote part of Martha’s Vineyard with my sister and her husband.  I’d been planning this trip for most of my life, since I’ve always wanted to stay there. It seemed like a distant, dream-like place of golden-amber light and emerald-blue water. It was … Continue reading

Thai Sweet Potato Bisque with Coconut Milk and Warm Spices

This is my husband’s favorite soup!  He starts requesting this as soon as fall arrives. It also receives rave reviews from my trusty taste testers at the hospital where I work. It’s a recipe makeover and slight departure from the more traditional bisques made with heavy cream and butter.  It’s healthy,  but you’d never know … 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