Butternut Squash Stew with Couscous

A butternut squash grown in the garden is as different from one you get in the store as a homegrown heirloom tomato is from one bought at the supermarket. This is a fact that I was quite surprised to discover.  So, I celebrate my butternut squash by making dishes where the squash is the star….

Cammy’s Halloween Spice Cookies

My self-proclaimed “Top Chef” is back; Cammy has returned to the kitchen!  His first project…Halloween cookies he saw in a book.  He then made his father buy the book for him, so his personal cookbook collection is now up to 3.  He also likes to get story books that include a recipe related to the…

Amsterdam Half Marathon

The day finally came: 7 months in planning, 6 months and another half marathon in training, the decision to do the half instead of the full, a plane trip, a visit to the 1928 Olympic stadium, a day to adjust to the time, and here it was…the Amsterdam Half Marathon! The weather forecast was for…

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Chili

If you are reading this right after I post it, I will have just run my half-marathon in Amsterdam.  So, while I am otherwise occupied, I thought I would share a dish I made shortly before I left.  This chili used a whole variety of produce from my garden – butternut squash, garlic, poblano peppers,…

Kuku-ye Sabzi (Persian Herb Frittata)

A Kuku is the Persian version of a frittata or omelet.  The kuku I make most often is tuna, like the Lemon Pepper Tuna Kuku.  But I have been in the mood to experiment with them more., such as with the Eggplant Kuku from last week.  SInce I have a garden full of parsley and…

Apple Bread

It is apple time again! One of my official shifts to fall is the change from zucchini bread to apple and pumpkin baked goods. The first treat of this year is Apple Bread.  This recipe is from Mollie Katzen’s The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook. I love this recipe, the bread is moist and not…

Kuku-ye Bademjun (Persian Eggplant Omelet)

I still had eggplants in my fridge from Farmer Kim.  I needed to do something with them, I had held them for as long as I would ever want to.  My husband wanted more Khoresh Bademjun, but we had already had it twice in 2 weeks, so I was determined to make something else.  Time…

Pasta with Baked Grape/Cherry Tomatoes

Of all my tomatoes, the cherry tomatoes have come in the best this year.  The only problem – they are eaten by my kids before I can do anything with them.  Although that is a ‘problem’ I won’t complain about. It did mean that I had to go buy tomatoes to use to make this…

Preparing for Amsterdam

My half marathon in Amsterdam is less than 2 weeks away and, unlike my trepidation before the Chicago run in July, I am feeling very ready for this run. For this training, I didn’t just focus on building my mileage, I included at least one speed-work workout each week and interspersed 5K races periodically.  The…

How to Roast and Freeze Poblano Peppers

This was the first year I grew poblano peppers. I don’t know whether it was the cool, wet summer, or whether this was typical, but the plant took a long time to start bearing fruit. Starting in September, however, I got a steady flow of nice-looking poblano peppers. A steady-enough flow that I couldn’t keep…