Spicy Tomato Bacon Noodles

These are ridiculously good and simple to make. The sauce is plenty for 12 ounces of fresh ramen noodles and stretches fine for 1 lb of spaghetti. If you can get Umi Organic Noodles by all means do.   You can use fresh tomatoes here as well and skip the added water.   This a great dish for green garlic or garlic scapes in the spring time.   --inspired by Bon Appetit  ... Read more »

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

I ate half a batch of this just standing at the counter, long before Thanksgiving. It's tangy, a little spicy, just barely sweet and wonderful. It keeps for at least 2 weeks so make it well before Thanksgiving and save yourself the time day-of. It only takes about 10 minutes to make though so if you forget, no problem! And even if you're a raisin skeptic, give them a try here--they sweeten the sauce nicely and add some variety in texture without standing out.   It's also delicious on toast with a little cream cheese or sharp cheddar.... Read more »

Eggplant and Tomato Curry

This is savory, complex and delicious and uses Thai red curry paste to create a lot of flavor quickly. You can serve it over potatoes instead of rice.   Variation Green beans would be a wonderful addition here. Add them at the same time you add the tomato sauce and coconut milk. If you don't have time to make tomato sauce and have fresh tomatoes, add fresh, chopped tomatoes to the curry paste after you've fried it for a few minutes and let reduce a bit before adding the eggplant and remainder of the coconut milk. Use green curry paste if you don't have red  ... Read more »