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, […]

Quinoa Cakes with Yogurt-Dill Dip

  To say I fell behind on spring cleaning this year would be an understatement.  I didn’t start until a few weeks ago–in the middle of summer.  Enough was enough.  My photography props have found their way into almost every room in my home, my pantry was a serious mess and my closets were a […]

Rum and Citrus Chicken Kabobs with Stir-Fried Barley

  His story opened with a recounting of childhood stunts that landed him in the town’s police station more often than he can remember.  But his days of being a delinquent end abruptly, replaced by the promise of Olympic glory when he discovers a talent for running.  As a lieutenant in the US Army Air […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

  There was a time when I turned my nose up at tomato soup.  To me it was no more than watered down tomato sauce disguised as soup–not the least bit appealing. I felt the same about tomato juice. V8? I’ll pass.  I don’t recall when the turning point was, when I decided that a […]

Braised Celery and Olives

  It is a rare occasion when I find myself spending an hour in front of the television catching up on my recorded cooking shows. My husband is usually in charge of the remote control since I simply don’t watch much TV.  Even rarer is the occasion when husband would actually sit through an entire […]

Tomato and Eggplant Gratin

  Roasted eggplants and roasted tomatoes both appear regularly at our dinner table, but I’ve never tried preparing them together.  The funny thing is, I actually use the same base ingredients to marinate them–olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs, garlic–but it never occurred to me to combine the two.  This is what makes cookbooks so fun […]