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Asparagus with White Balsamic Strawberries and Toasted Hazelnuts

Asparagus with White Balsamic Strawberries and Toasted Hazelnuts

As previously mentioned, I love asparagus.  When it is in season I partake of it several times a week.  My favorite way to cook asparagus is to trim the stalks, toss with a little olive oil, and cook them on the outdoor grill until slightly charred.  That was my plan for this batch, but an […]

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Crock-Pot West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

Slow Cooker West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

I had a request for some vegetarian slow cooker recipes, and this rich, vegan stew was one of the first things I decided to try.  The simplicity of the prep is that all you really have to do is chop up the sweet potatoes and some onion, then throw it all in the pot.  It […]

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Street Food Series: Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow has nothing to do with lettuce.  According to Troth Wells, author of The World of Street Food, this dish of lentil curry served in a container of bread had its origins in apartheid policies.  Segregation rules meant that restaurants could not serve “colored” people, so curry shops came up with an ingenious take-out […]

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White Bean and Porcini Soup

White Bean and Porcini Soup

January is definitely a soup kind of month, when all I want is a warm bowl with some crackers or crusty bread.  I am also heading back to work full time, and soup is a fabulous make-ahead kind of meal that works well for the end of a busy day.  Today I made up a […]

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Street Food Series: Mushroom and Lily Flower Bao

For my latest adaptation from the great little book Street Food, I decided to tackle Bao, or Baozi–those deliciously puffy little steamed buns filled with sweet or savory fillings.  Like a lot of traditional street foods, this is only “fast food” if you are the one eating the end product–it requires a few steps and […]

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Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Saffron Pesto

Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Saffron Pesto

Does this sound weird?  It tastes pretty good, honest.  We have a number of spaghetti squash hanging about from the C.S.A. share, and while I enjoy them as a pasta substitute I definitely do not enjoy them topped with traditional marinara sauce, so I decided to do something that was sort of a pasta/squash combo […]

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