Quick Chickpeas and Pasta with Rosemary

This is delicious, fast, easy and nutritious.  If using home-cooked chickpeas I use the chickpea cooking liquid for part of the liquid, top it off with water and then season with some bouillon. Use vegetable stock or just water if that's what you have, just make sure to season it with plenty of salt and pepper.  ... Read more »

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Lentil and Rice Stew with Celery Root

Lentils and rice are a lovely combination and celery root (celeriac) adds another layer of earthy sweetness. You can certainly substitute potatoes or sweet potatoes or even parsnips. A dash of your favorite vinegar at the end will balance things out if it's too sweet. I've used the tiny black caviar lentils in this version but small French Green lentils work perfectly as well.... Read more »

Cooking With What You Have (No Matter Where You Are)

...in Mexico with 8 friends. I hadn’t planned on cooking the majority of our meals but once there, I couldn’t help myself. The loveliest sous chefs and the rousing appreciation made it a joy.   We were in a house that was stocked with nothing but salt, some ancient looking bouillon powder (which lead to an excellent risotto btw), cinnamon and black pepper. A stop at a local grocery store for oil, butter, fresh pr... Read more »

Fragrant Rice with Lemon, Dill, Peppers and Carrots

[caption id="attachment_14077" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Served with meatballs loaded with cilantro and dill and dill aioli.[/caption] This feels like an elegant dish thanks to the lemon and dill but is very simple and suitable to a variety of vegetables. Any combination of sweet and hot peppers would be good. You could add diced summer squash or greens beans or fava beans or peas or fennel. . .... Read more »

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Pasta Fagioli (Bean and Pasta Stew)

This is a classic Tuscan dish that is made with simple ingredients and is more than the sum of its parts if you have good, home-cooked beans, fresh herbs and good olive oil. Classically it's made with borlotti (cranberry) beans but pinto beans work well as do any creamy bean so feel free to substitute other varieties. And small, stout tubetti (little tubes) are a more typical pasta but use whatever small-ish, stout pasta you have. Pasta fagio... Read more »

Gingery Coconut Milk Vegetable Soup with Basil

This a fragrant, simple and delicious soup. It's begging for adaptations: add chicken or use different vegetables  such as summer or winter squash, sweet peppers, snap or snow peas, green beans. Add lots of cilantro at the end instead of the basil. Spice it up with chilies or green curry paste. Serve it over rice for a complete meal.... Read more »

Spring Asparagus and Spinach Soup

This soup is superb with a good homemade chicken stock as well as with vegetable stock/bouillon or just water. The former is richer and silky but the other two are deliciously bright and just a bit lighter. The version above is made with chicken stock and included a handful or two of macaroni. You can omit the noodles or substitute a few diced salad turnips or new potatoes for added heft. ... Read more »

Cooking With What You Have (No Matter Where You Are)

…in Mexico with 8 friends. I hadn’t planned on cooking the majority of our meals but once there, I couldn’t help myself. The loveliest sous chefs and the rousing appreciation made it a joy.   We were in a house that was stocked with nothing but salt, some ancient looking bouillon powder (which lead to an excellent risotto btw), cinnamon and black pepper. A stop at a local grocery store for oil, butter, fresh produce and herbs, rice, eggs and…