Pan-Fried Cauliflower Perfectly Spiced

Ah, the somewhat neutral taste of cauliflower – it’s a canvas for delicious add-ons. I love the attitude that toasted cumin and coriander bring to the party, along with paprika, cayenne and lime zest. Pan-Fried and finished with flavor pizzaz. Pan-Fried Cauliflower with Spices, Lime, and PistachiosYield: 6 servings 1 medium-large cauliflower, about 2 pounds1 teaspoon cumin seeds1 teaspoon coriander…

Candy Box Chocolate Cake – Valentine Love

Candy Box Chocolate Cake I’ve been writing about cooking, food trends and chefs for over three decades. Before that, I taught cooking classes, rounding up groups of culinary students to watch and listen as I prepared myriad concoctions. I conducted culinary tours to Europe and Asian long before culinary travel became “a thing,” and have written three cookbooks. Along the…

Cauliflower – Pan-Fried and Seasoned to Over-The-Moon Goodness

Beautifully browned and coated with flavorful spices, these florets can be turned into a irresistible vegetarian meal by serving them over a bed of cooked farro or pasta. America’s Test Kitchen explains that cutting the cauliflower into top-to-bottom planks and then into flat-sided florets, maximizes the surface area for plenty of flavorful browning. The cooking process starts in a covered…

Clafouti with Raspberry Sunshine

Something like a custardy baked pancake, clafouti is a French dessert that showcases fruit that is covered with a thick flan-like batter. Often dusted with powdered sugar, it’s served lukewarm or within 6 hours at room temperature. In this version, raspberries are the stars. Butter a 9-inch gratin dish. If you prefer, use a 9-inch cake pan. In a medium…

Hummus for Breakfast? Scrumptious!

After our interview, I tried cookbook author Mark Bittman’s recipe for Turkish Breakfast, a cinch-to-make hummus paired with sliced tomatoes, cucumber, olives and whole-wheat toast. I added a slab of watermelon and served it for a luscious eat-every-bite dinner. Better yet, I tried it for breakfast. Delicious. Much – so much – more flavor-packed than my lonely egg. Turkish BreakfastYield:…

Green Bean Shangri-La, Asian Sauce Gives Sweet-Sour-Spicy Personality

Green beans cooked to perfection, somewhere between hard and soft, are delicious tossed with a sauce made with Asian-style ingredients. Oyster-flavored sauce, that bottled oh-so-tangy condiment, adds umami to the mix. Mirin, rice vinegar and sugar balance out the flavors with sweetness. Toasted sesame seeds add a gentle crunch and welcome nuttiness. In Chinese restaurants, a version of this dish often…

No-Mayo Egg Salad – Yogurt Offers Pizzazz

YUM-OH-LAH! This delectable open-faced sandwich requires a slice of toasted rustic whole-grain bread as a crisp foundation. What is rustic bread? It’s not easy to define. Some might describe it as artisanal without any preservatives. It’s sold unsliced, usually in round or oval shapes. The bread has a crusty exterior and an interior with a chewy texture. Atop the toast…

Raw Brussels Salad – Yummy with Turkey Cutlets!

Brussels sprouts are a lot more versatile than we often give them credit for. One of my favorite ways to serve them is raw, an approach many cooks overlook. The secret is to slice them into thin ribbons and then toss in flavorful vinaigrette. The easiest way to slice is to first make a shallow trim at the base where…

Taco Filling Adds Flavor Bling to Chicken Breasts

Uncategorized By Sep 16, 2022

Chicken can make a delicious taco filling, but boneless, skinless chicken breasts can lack flavor bling. Chipotle chilies canned in adobo sauce adds both flavor and aroma to the poaching liquid. Chipotles are smoked, dried jalapeno chilies and they add an enticing rich smokiness. More add-ins heighten flavor, too, including garlic, orange juice and Worchester sauce, plus a smidgen of…

Ginger-Rollups! Easy, Scrumptious Appetizers!

Uncategorized By Jul 21, 2022

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED … Five minutes and you have starters that are as delicious as they are glamorous.  These beauties are lavash (bought at Trader Joe’s) spread with cream cheese and rolled around watercress (or arugula) and pickled ginger. EASY. Ginger Roll-UpsYield: 16 servingsOne (8-ounce) plus one (3-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature2 (9-by-12-inch) sheets of lavash, see…

Cauliflower “Steaks” Roasted Right and Paired with Italian Salsa Verde.

At our house, we call slabs of cauliflower “vegetarian steaks.” They are a welcome steam-roast treat to serve when the vegan branch of our family visits. I like the way the chefs at America’s Test Kitchen steam them in a scorching hot oven under a blanket of aluminum foil before roasting them to create lovely caramelization on the exteriors. A…

Celery Salad – Sparked With Bright Flavors

Uncategorized By Mar 17, 2022

Almost every night at my house, we have some type of salad. When the lettuce runs out, we turn to longer lasting vegetables to be the headliner. Celery is one of those choices. There are loads of theories about how to best store it. I trim the bottom and cut the bunch in half crosswise. After swishing the freed stalks…

Roasted Bok Choy – Potato-Chip-Crisp Leaves with Tender Bases – Top with Ginger Sauce

High-heating roasting caramelizes bok choy, lending it an alluring sweet edge. It starts out with a gentle mustard-like flavor, but roasting tames much of that sharpness. The process creates texture contrast, transforming the tender leaves to a potato-chip crunchiness, the broad base to a moist succulence. It’s the best way to cook it. While the bok choy is in the…

No-Fail Rice Pilaf with Corn and Leeks, or Diced Carrots and Cauliflower or Green Beans and Peas – Easy and Delicious

The versatility of pilaf makes it a welcome dish in a cook’s repertoire. Because it can be supplemented with a wide variety of vegetables, it’s a delicious way to use up produce that you have on hand. Diced carrots and celery; slivers of fresh fennel and diced zucchini; diced bell peppers and green onions; thinly sliced green beans and green…

Farro Plays Deliciously with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

For a meatless Monday meal, I often turn coarsely chopped greens (such as spinach, collard, chard or kale) into a delectable dish. How? I cook greens in just enough broth to make them tender-crisp, then toss in some cooked farro. The semi-pearled farro makes the concoction nutty and delectably chewy. It adds a subtle sweetness, turning a boring dish into…

Toast’s Luscious Green Tea Soba Noodles

Described as a new-age diner, Toast Kitchen + Bakery specializes in comfort food with a twist. It’s mostly a breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, but currently the eatery is offering “happy hour,” open until 7 PM for early evening meals. Green Tea Soba Noodles were the focus of the video that executive chef-co-owner John Park recently taped with me. Colorful…

No-Snooze Rapini with Caramelized Onions and Brown Rice Blend.

Rapini’s bold, no-snooze flavor profile boasts a pleasing bitterness that can be tamed with creamy pasta, or grains augmented with caramelized onions and garlic. With stalks more slender than found on broccoli, rapini is topped with spiky, jagged-edged leaves and bundles of compact buds. This recipe uses a tasty brown rice blend. There are several brands in the marketplace, such…

Julia’s Watercress Soup Lives On With Palate Joy

There’s no way to calculate the impact Julia Child had on generations of American cooks. For me, she provided a turning point in my culinary education. I cooked my way through her first book in my early 20’s, splattering the pages willy-nilly with sauce drips, softened butter or melted chocolate. “Mastering the Art of French Cooking  ( Volume One)” was…

Fuyu Persimmons Shine in a Spinach Salad With an Asian-Themed Dressing

Fuyu persimmons are the tomato shaped variety that are a beautiful orange hue. Because they are not astringent, they can be eaten when apple-like firm, or when slightly softened. They are generally available late September through December. I love to add them to a ginger-enriched spinach salad. First, I create some ginger juice to create an irresistible edge to the…

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