Braised Spinach and Chickpeas with Lemon

We love this stew. It has truly become a staple in our house. I know that I’ve talked about different dishes becoming staple foods. Sometimes that’s true and other times I go back and read an old recipe where I tout the deliciousness of the dish and exclaim that “this is a staple!”…when in fact…it…

Veggie Burger Supreme

Now this is what I call a veggie burger. It’s loaded with rice, beans, vegetables, and spices and then topped with our favorite burger ingredients: avocado, fried egg, grilled onions and the usual lettuce and tomato. We made it on our panini press but it’s also durable enough for an outdoor grill for all your…

Chicken Cacciatore

Even though it’s hot as hades outside, this slow cooked, one pot, perfect for a cold winter night meal, hit the spot. Sometimes a meal is perfect for a certain season, and sometimes a meal is perfect for a certain time your life. James and I recently made a couple big life decisions and I…

Avocado Toast with Chile Oil and Sea Salt

As simple and delicious as it sounds. I had this for dinner one night, then lunch the next day and I would eat it for breakfast on day three, if need be!   Ingredients 1 slice wheat bread Avocado Chile oil (I got mine as a gift from my mother-in-law after she visited Spain, but…

Kale Soba Noodle Salad

When I told James I was joining a Mahjong group he asked, “What are you, the Future Old Jewish Grandmothers of America?” We like to start early. We meet once a month and each person who hosts the game also provides the food.  As a group of Jewish women, we take the food part seriously….

Moroccan Braised Lentils + Lamb Meatballs

Summer is here! My first vacation of the season started last weekend in Miami at the Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa with my mom. The resort, the spa, the breeze, the food – everything was amazing. We sat by the pool for lunch and overlooked the ocean at dinner (and of course, we started with…

Passover 2013

The last time I hosted a big Passover was in 2010 when we lived in Washington DC. Three years later, I’m in Durham, NC, with a new career,  a new dog, and a new niece or nephew on the way!  My whole family, plus James’ parents and grandparents are coming to our Seder. We will…

Eggplant Meatballs

“On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor eggplant-meatball, when somebody sneezed…” Okay, so that extra syllable doesn’t quite fit the song but, songs aside, this vegetarian take on meatballs will certainly fit into your dinner schedule. They are tasty and substantial (for those wary-meatball skeptics), and satisfy that craving for…

Eggplant Parmesan + Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Eggplant parmesan is one of our favorite dishes. It’s hearty, savory, delicious, and as a perk, vegetarian! There are a million ways to make it but in the near future, I’ll be using this recipe. There are a few steps to prepare it, but it’s well worth the effort. This recipe can also be easily…

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Ahhh summer! Nothing like grilling (inside) on a summer night. We live in an apartment with no patio, so an indoor grill will have to do – and it did! These portobello burgers are layered with: sauteed spinach, grilled red onion, sundried tomatoes, homemade garlic aioli and of course, a portobello mushroom. It wasn’t complete…

Kale Basil Pesto Ravioli with Sauteed Kale

There are many bases to cover: first, the Whole Foods brand ravioli is awesome. We tried the basil parmesan and mushroom medley. This is not a paid advertisement, just a small town food blogger telling you what’s real. Second, adding fresh sauteed kale to ravioli not only boosts the nutrition of the dish, it boosts…

Mediterranean Plate: Hummus, Tabbouleh, Kopanisti, Grilled Eggplant

It’s hot, it’s humid and I don’t want to eat a really heavy dinner. I was flipping through Kim O’Donnel’s ‘Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook’ when I came across this Mediterranean snack plate. I loved the idea of noshing on lots of fresh ingredients on a hot summer night. Everything was delicious — particularly this kopanisti…