White Beans

We’re currently experiencing lots of frozen rain and ice in VA so a big bowl of salty beans is super comforting right now. I had a bag of Great Northern beans in my pantry and wanted to try a recipe from a new cookbook my sister sent me. The beans were cooked with salt pork…

Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette

I’ve made this vinaigrette before. It’s oily, acidic and the shallots almost taste like pickled onions. It’s so good. I used the vinaigrette and made myself a dinner salad with Spring Mix, goat cheese, avocado, pepperoni and dried cranberries. So yummy

Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds

This is a lovely salad to have as a lunch. My favorite part of this salad wasn’t even included in the title. I enjoyed the pita fried in butter and oil that were later coated in sumac to create delicious middle eastern croutons. This salad could be great as a side salad, or dressed up…

Watercress and Chickpea Soup with Rosewater and Ras el hanout

The star of this dish is the vegetables roasted in ras el hanout. Without it the soup itself is very healthy and floral tasting since it’s made of watercress and spinach. The soup is a little thin and okay, but when the ras el hanout seeps into the soup, WOW! The spice adds a little…

Falafel

This was my first time making falafel! I love falafel. I used to go to a Turkish/ Middle Eastern Grill, that is unfortunately closed, that made wonderful falafel and muhammara. Making falafel is a lot easier than I had expected. Having a deep fryer thermometer and a new blender helped make the process easy. For…

Na’ama’s Fattoush

I enjoyed several soup and salad/ salad and sandwich combos this week. Fattoush is an Arabic salad many sources say that it originates in Northern Lebanon. I’ve had fattoush before but this one I really enjoyed since it was herby, acidic, vegetable driven but the naan with homemade buttermilk gave the mouthfeel and taste of…

Miso Shiru

Miso Soup with Tofu I really enjoyed this. I’ve made miso soup before from the instant packet and other than taking a couple extra steps, this soup was just as easy to make as opening a packet. I really loved the smell when you add miso to the warmed dashi. While I enjoyed this soup,…

Clear Chicken Broth

It isn’t as clear I had imagined, but oh my goodness, this is super tasty and fills the soul for this time of year. I’m an advocate for year long soup season, but this recipe to me screams Fall. When I removed the chicken from the broth (you cook with a whole chicken) it simply…

Peppered Mackerel Mousse

So, um, yeah. This isn’t for me. I made the mousse before heading into work and I just felt like I smelled like mackerel all day. It’s not terrible, but it’s not really a smell that you want to wear. Also I don’t think I’m a fan of gelatin in meat dishes. Don’t get me…

Lunch Week 2: Spaghetti Squash Pie

This is one of my favorite recipes so far. I could eat this any time of the day and it’s super filling as well as tasty. Ingredients: Nonstick cooking spray 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 medium onion 1 garlic clove, minced 1.5 c. shredded zucchini 1- 4 oz jar roasted red peppers, chopped 3 c….