Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

  This is a far cry from the recipe I used for years.  I was so picky, you see.  My hummus had to have just the right amount of tahini paste–too much or too little, it wouldn’t be good enough for me.  I was also somewhat of a hummus purist.  For me, there was no […]

Stir-Fried String Beans

  On busy weeknights when I want dinner on the table in less than half an hour, vegetable stir-fries become the default meal.  Brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggplants and asparagus are the usual choices but I’ve added a new vegetable to rotation recently–string beans (also known as Chinese long beans).  They are not exactly new to […]

Chinese Chili Sauce

  It is an ongoing joke in my family how out of control my father can be when it comes to picking up unusual items at the Asian market (oddly-flavored drinks, chips, crackers, condiments).  Where my mother will come home bearing only the items she put on her list when shopping alone, excursions with my […]

Peppery Spring Salad

  It was going to be a lunch for one.  Because I decided to pop in to the office for an hour or two to finish some work (I don’t normally work Thursdays), my husband spent the bulk of the day with one of his buddies.  By the time  my weekend officially started at 1 […]

Banana Coconut Bread

  Today was about meeting deadlines, about my internet connection freezing as I attempted to save the full page of text I had just written (I’m normally so “save”-happy, I don’t know what happened today).  It was about having to start over, trying to recapture the words that seemed to flow freely before I lost […]

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

  One can look at it two ways:  I either have a shortage of storage space or, I reluctantly  admit, I have too much stuff.  Well, I have a partner-in-crime but my husband will never admit it.  We’ve been quite the enthusiastic consumers lately and I’m beginning to feel like if I’m not careful, my […]

Stir-Fried Eggplant with Sambal over Red Rice

  This is the kind of meal that I generally don’t even consider sharing here, not for its lack of merit but because I wonder if you would be interested in it at all.  But somehow when I do share a dish like this that takes mere minutes to put together, you seem to like […]

Noodles with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette (and a Visit to Death Valley)

  We’ve just returned from a quick trip to Death Valley National Park.  At 282 feet below sea level, the park has the distinction of having the lowest elevation on the continent and is also widely known for its extreme weather conditions, scorching in the summer with temperatures in the 120’s (F).  Most Americans stay […]