black-eyed peas with purple kale and polenta

March 12, 2012

This intensely flavorful recipe comes from the wonderful blog, Pescatarian Journal. We always feel a spiritual connection with Alaiyo’s food, which is land-animal free, often vegetarian and low fat, and using both familiar and unusual ingredients in exciting ways. Her black-eyed peas and polenta with minced collards really caught my eye. This then is my […]

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sweet and sour tofu

February 17, 2012

This recipe comes from an enjoyable blog that we’ve recently begun following, almost veg. Sweet and sour sauce is a classic that’s often popular with kids, as it is so yummy and not particularly spicy. I found it especially appealing because there’s no pineapple. Almost-veg writes “I like pineapples but not in savory foods.” Well, […]

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spicy urad dal soup

February 9, 2012

Every now and then I try recipes from the journal, Gastronomica, published by UC Berkeley. I’m a big fan of this academic culinary periodical. Primarily the articles are stuff related to food history and culture. Their subjects are always off the beaten path. I savor each of issue. Here’s what it says on Gastronomica’s about […]

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yellow bell peppers stuffed with mung bean, feta and fresh herbs

January 12, 2012

I always think of stuffed veggies as an elegant treat. When I was younger, they mystified me. How in the world did anyone figure out how to fill these delectable creations just right? Now that I’m officially “middle aged” and thus more experienced in the kitchen, the question no longer interests me. Instead, I’m quite […]

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sautéed chickpeas with Swiss chard, spinach and labneh sauce

December 19, 2011

I adapted this marvelous garbanzo bean recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Plenty. I like so many things about Ottolenghi’s book: plenty of them. In particular, from reading and trying out his flavorful recipes, I realize now that unknowingly we’ve been using principles from and eating PLENTY at home all along. Ottolenghi focuses my attention on […]

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portobello mushrooms stuffed with gen-ji-mai rice, black-eyed peas and sage

November 28, 2011

In the summertime, I prefer stuffed peppers, but when the cool fall weather comes, stuffed mushrooms are my homey comfort food. It is particularly easy to enjoy stuffed mushrooms these days, since so many kinds are available. I especially like the meatiness of large portobellos here, as it moves the recipe from a side to […]

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gen-ji-mai rice with black-eyed peas

November 21, 2011

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with gen-ji-mai rice ever since I discovered this cereal, grain mix at a Korean market in the West Coast D.C.—that’s right, Daily City, California 😉 We’ve already eaten it simply cooked with olive oil, salt, garlic and onions. This time I decided to go for more protein and give it […]

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chickpea soup with rosemary

November 17, 2011

This incredible recipe comes from the new David Rocco cookbook, Made in Italy. We’d not heard of this stylish Italian chef until Hegui happened across his gorgeous cookbook in a shop in Healdsburg while we were wine tasting that weekend. Apparently he’s a Food Network star for their Canadian outlet. There’re tons of videos from […]

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sunny-side up quail eggs and cannellini bean spread on rustic toast

October 17, 2011

Pão-com-ovo, or egg sandwich, was one of my favorites when I was growing up: so simple and delicious. I think it had to do with the eggs coming from happy hens, freely roaming around my mother’s backyard, feeding not only on grains, but all the other stuff chickens like to eat. What do you think? […]

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mouth puckering mu shu tofu

October 3, 2011

A couple of weekends ago Steven and I spent the afternoon in the quaint northern California coastal city of Half Moon Bay, located just 30 minutes south of SF. It is fun to leave the city for a bit sometimes, just to decompress. The trip alone, down California highway 1, is already a magical experience […]

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