Stew as the Wife of the Cordoban Farmer Would Make It

This delicious winter stew from Córdoba in Andalusia is called olla cortijera de Córdoba in Spanish and is long simmered cabbage and chickpea stew. Andalusians are quite fond of cumin as a spice. The plant was brought to Spain from North Africa and entered the cuisine. The famous Spanish Arab agronomist Ibn al-‘Awwam, who flourished […]

Andalusia’s Dried Bean Soup for A Winter Weekend

A winter weekend soup that can more or less be an entire meal is a dried bean soup from Andalusia. Dried beans are popular everywhere in the Mediterranean.  They also have a flavor a tad different than the fresh bean, which means they are ideal in earthy and deeply flavorful soups such as this one […]

Eggs in the Middle

When you cook for yourself it understandably stays simple.  That doesn’t mean it has to be boring though.  And surely one of the meals that the cook is truly unlikely to put much effort into–much less cook over, say, pouring themselves a bowl of cereal–is breakfast.  However, I am finding myself cooking breakfast for one […]

Simple Appetizer, A 4-Can Antipasto

“Fresh is best” is usually a good rule to live by. But if you know how to find quality preserved items, a few well-chosen canned foods in your pantry can save the day, especially during the busy holidays. Healthy food is food that is minimally processed. All the foods’ transformation should happen when you turn […]

Middle Eastern Meze Bring Many Cultures to the Table

In the Middle East food is shared and one place it is shared is on the meze table. Meze are small samplings of prepared dishes that make a meal. They are not appetizers, nor tapas, nor hors d’oeuvres but are actually more philosophically related to the Scandinavian smorgasbord. Food is shared in another way. The […]

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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