Bulghur Pilaf with Chickpeas and Tomatoes (Bulghur bi Banadoura)

Hooray for making lunch ahead of time! Making big salads at the beginning of each week makes making lunch easy. I’m already running fast enough out the door with my espresso cup half-full, let alone thinking about what to make for lunch! So this turned out to be a super easy and wonderful lunch-salad-option! It…

Tuscan Bean Salad with Sage

To kick off Veg Month 2012 (and to make lunches easier during the week), I made this delicious, super easy bean salad. Seriously, this is so easy (and versatile – but more on that later) that I know I’ll make this whether it’s veg month or not. It’s just nice to know that lunch is…

Arugula Salad with Fig, Prosciutto, Walnuts and Parmesan

The holidays are almost over and we’re all looking forward to the day when there are no more tins of cookies and brownies and sweets lying around the house. It’s quite possibly the one time of year in which we are so tired of desserts, we never crave them. We actually crave light, fresh fare!…

Cranberry Fig Sauce

When you cook for Thanksgiving, you’re not really cooking for one night. You’re cooking for one night and one day of leftovers. So when you plan on cooking cranberries for 8 people, it’s really like planning for 16 because everyone wants a full Thanksgiving meal the next day. So with that in mind, I poured…

Homemade Goldfish Crackers

“I love fishes because they’re so delicious!” …especially when they’re triple the normal size and made with quality sharp cheddar. I used to eat goldfish crackers with lunch in elementary school. I would pretend that I was a big hungry shark eating all these little delectable, unsuspecting fishes. Yum. I can’t say I played the…

Applesauce Kugel

We recently had a deli dinner night with the works: corned beef, pastrami, potato salad, cole slaw, rye bread and pickles. To top off the deli experience I made kugel! I had barely enough noodles, but no apples. I peeked through my pantry and found applesauce. I thought, “Surely there must be some sort of…

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…

Three Bean Salad

The salad summer series continues! And by “series” I mean, here’s one more since the Italian Pasta Salad. When it’s 90 degrees and humid outside, there’s no need for a big bowl of hot chili. I just want a salad to cool things down satisfy my hunger without feeling overheated. Make this super easy salad…

Hush Puppies

I was at the gym reading Garden & Gun magazine – because how could I not with a name like that?! – when I started reading the cover article about Southern BBQ. There are debates, cook-offs, traditions and opinions depending on which state you’re in: cole slaw on the sandwich or on the side? Vinegar…

Italian Pasta Salad

I just got back from Houston, Texas where I had some great BBQ and Tex-Mex. But when I returned to D.C., it was hot and I felt weighed down by the growing humidity. In an effort to escape all these feelings I made a trio of salads for dinner! This is just one of the…

Charosis

You say haroset, I say charosis. Haroset, charosis, haroset, charosis let’s just sit and eat. No matter how you spell it, charosis is a Passover staple on every Seder plate around the world. It’s tart, it’s sweet, it’s delicious. I love the thought of Jews everywhere sitting down to Seder tonight and tomorrow. Back to…

Classic Basil Pesto

Sometimes you have to just go back to basics; back to the ways of the old country, the way Grandma Pestolino would make it … Wait, what am I talking about? My old country involves tzimmes, shmaltz, kugel and bube’s. Nevertheless, we can all appreciate good pesto no matter where our ancestors came from. It…