Cracked Wheat Salad

  The woman behind the deli counter watched me patiently as I scanned my options for lunch.  There were the usual offerings–various salads, several proteins and other pre-cooked dishes. Over the years, I’d tried almost all of the salads at my neighborhood market but I would always opt out of one, an orange-colored, grain-based salad that sits next to the tabouleh. Early […]

Artichoke and Green Chile Stuffed Mushrooms

  When it comes to entertaining or get-togethers I’m always most comfortable being in charge of the appetizer, salad or dessert course.  Main dishes are a little trickier for me, especially when I’m responsible for feeding a crowd.  There are a few dishes that I do well but I get nervous around meat.  Fish, steaks, braised […]

Hlelem: Tunisian Vegetable & Bean Soup

  At least twice each week, I pick up lunch at Whole Foods.  This particular location is a few miles from my office but given that I can’t seem to bring myself to plan ahead and pack a lunch, the drive for a hot, healthy lunch beats stopping at any of the scores of fast food […]

Quinoa and Black Bean Stir-Fry

  Raise your hand if you buy quinoa in bulk and still can’t seem to keep up with demand.  Rice is falling out of favor as one of our primary starches (pasta still rules) as quinoa slowly takes its place. Quinoa hasn’t missed a beat fitting in my weekly menu.  In our family of two, fish, roasted vegetables, salads, […]

Fresh Tagliatelle with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Four Mushrooms

    My Sunday routine is set.  After church service I do my food shopping for the week’s staples:  fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, snacks, my ever-essential avocados.  Though I don’t create a weekly meal plan I generally have a menu in mind and shop accordingly.  The mid-week trips to the market are  to supplement the […]

Tofu Buddha Bowl with Ginger-Soy Dressing

Follow my blog with Bloglovin     My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary earlier this month with a visit to Carmel and Santa Barbara.  Since Carmel is a short drive for us, it makes for an ideal last-minute getaway.  Too ideal, in fact, that we seem to be making the drive once a […]

Goat Cheese, Grape and Honey Crostini

  I meant to share this recipe with a set of images featuring a local goat cheese company as part of my Local Spotlight series.  The images being a year old, I haven’t looked at them in awhile and took for granted that they would be safely stored on my computer.  What a disappointment it […]

Homemade Spinach Pasta with Basil-Parsley-Cashew Pesto

  I attempted to keep a secret from my husband this past week…and failed.  It’s not my  modus operandi but I wanted to preserve my reputation as a decent homemaker.  In a moment of laziness last weekend I dumped leftover vegetable soup down the disposal, about 2 cups worth–a big no no around here.  We […]