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….

Thai Grilled Tofu Kale Salad

The first time I heard about a “massaged kale” salad, I didn’t believe it to be true. What do you do? Massage the kale? [Pause] Yes, in fact, that’s exactly what you do. De-stem it, chop it and massage. Kale – in it’s many varieties – is a tough, leafy green that is packed with…

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…

Black-Eyed Pea Cakes

Happy Twenty thirteen! Celebrate with black-eyed peas and collard greens. At least that’s what we do in the south. A tradition which grew out of starving Confederate mouths. Confederate soldiers lived on black-eyed peas while they were waiting for the Civil War to cease. Now we eat them with greens, tomatoes or corn bread, hoping…

Latkes (aka Potato Pancakes) + a cookbook

Hannukah 2012 is over, but it’s never too late to share the latest holiday recipes to use for next year. These latkes are slightly different from the recipe I posted a few years ago, adding fresh herbs, a different kind of potato and…that’s about it! As with any latke, top with applesauce or plain greek…

Baba Ghanouj

It’s probably wrong to love a shmear as much as I do. Hummus is great, but baba ghanouj seems more special. At it’s simplest, it is pureed eggplant with seasonings. At it’s most complex, it is refreshing yet substantial in its flavor. I was surprised at how easy it was to make, and how strange…

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…

Antipasto Caesar Salad

Over the course of a recent weekend, I felt like I ate a lot of carbs (pizza, bagels, sandwiches). I just can’t eat the same amount I used to – I’m getting old. I’m not gluten free, but I’ve noticed I reach carb overload a lot sooner! To counteract the carb-bomb feeling, I adapted a…

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…

7 Layer Greek Dip

This is what you call addicting. I made this first for a bachelorette party and it was gone in a hot second. Then I made it again for James and I. Once again, gone. It’s fresh, refreshing and total crowd pleaser. It’s very versatile in terms of doubling the proportions, substituting or excluding an ingredient….