Quick Cooking for 2–With Flavor and Deliciousness!

Many couples are stymied when it comes to getting a delicious, good-tasting, meal on the table in no time. Many recipes in cookbooks or on the internet yield multiple servings and although it’s nice to have leftovers, sometimes one just doesn’t want to eat the same meal three days in a row. To make a […]

Lentils and Sausage for Winter Dinners

There is a winter dish from the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy of cooked lentils topped with slices of boiled stuffed pig’s trotter called zampone.  Decades ago I was lucky to live near an Italian deli that regularly carried a domestically-made zampone. Then they went out of business and once the internet was invented and […]

3 Lusty Beans and Greens Recipes for Winter

In traditional Mediterranean cooking, dried beans are typical winter foods that are often combined with winter greens and root vegetables such as Swiss chard, spinach, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and others. There is a delight in these kinds of dishes not only because they’re delicious, but they are satisfying and healthy too. These three are […]

The Trick to One-pot Halloween Dinners

Outside of the candy that the kids collect, Halloween may be the only American holiday that is not associated with a particular feast or recipe. In fact, I didn’t know until recently that Halloween wasn’t celebrated in America until the late 19th century when Irish immigrants brought the Oct. 31 celebration to the United States […]

What Beginning Cooks Don’t Know About Indian Dal

The variety of dried legumes used in Indian cooking can become quite mind-boggling. When you are in an Indian market, you may find yourself walking back and forth in the aisle trying to figure out what’s what. When I was writing my book “Some Like It Hot: Spicy Favorites from the World’s Hot Zones,” I […]

Soup for Happiness and Dinner

My good friend Deborah Madison was in town to talk about her magnificent new book Vegetable Literacy and we got a chance to catch up and talk about the food state-of-affairs.  For Deborah, she was sick of hearing about farm-to-table and for me I roll my eyes when I hear mass hysteria in the form […]

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