Winter Squash Polo

It is the time of year when I start to use winter squash a lot. I used kabocha squash tonight, but you could use butternut or other easily peeled squash. Like many of my polos (rice dishes), this was made with what I had in the house. So, in addition to the kabocha squash, I…

Cranberry Sauce Challah

It’s time for another Thanksgiving Challah! I love these. I have made pumpkin challah, turkey-shaped challah, and more pumpkin challah! This year, I am stuffing my challah with my mom’s cranberry sauce. I have always loved my mom’s cranberry sauce. Since it was such a simple recipe, for years I searched for one that was…

Pesto and Mozzarella Challah

My husband was away, so it was just my son and I at home and I didn’t feel like fussing over dinner and he didn’t feel like eating a fancy dinner. So, I decided to make a double-duty challah that I would just serve with eggs. I had pesto in the fridge and always have…

Forest Therapy, Another Cookbook, and Tea

It has been a year of changes, endings, and new beginnings. Grab a cup of rose hip and fireweed tea and I will tell you all about it… After much contemplation, introspection, and counseling, I decided to totally switch careers and do what I love – spend time in the forest and share it with…

Vegetarian Chicory Taco Salad

Our winter CSA started this week, isn’t it beautiful?! I am very excited about this CSA because it promises to supply me with a variety of vegetables I have used very rarely or not ever tasted. One of those that came this week was chicory, I don’t think I had ever tasted chicory before. I…

Priya’s Smokey Jalapeño Bread – from Great British Bake Off

I love the Great British Bake Off! Ok, who doesn’t? My favorite is always Bread Week. I immediately go to their website to search for the recipes for my favorite bakes, and sometimes I am lucky enough to find just the one I want. Thus was the case with Priya’s smoky jalapeño bread. Look at…

Persian Sweet Potato Stew – even better!

Fall means sweet potatoes and stews.  Putting the two together is a wonderful combination. I have revised my earlier recipe to bring more specifically Persian flavors to the stew. The qormeh sabzi vegetables brings a wonderful, rich flavor to the stew, I want to lick my plate! 1 Tbsp grape seed oil 1 large onion,…

Potato, Onion, Cheese, & Turkey Bacon Scrambled Omelet

One of the things I remember fondly about my brother Mitch was the joy he had in making and serving breakfast. It was always a treat to be at his house in the morning. One of my favorites was when he would make a scrambled omelet for me. His were loaded with potatoes, onions and…

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Molasses Bark

I love pomegranate molasses. I love dark chocolate. And I love pistachios. But I really love putting the three together in my new creation – dark chocolate bark with pomegranate molasses and pistachios.  It is delicious with just the chocolate and pomegranate molasses, but the pistachios add saltiness and texture that just takes it up…

Persian Carrot Jam

Today is my husband’s birthday, so I made his favorite … carrot cake. When I went to the store to buy carrots, for some reason, I bought a 5-pound bag. So, I had plenty of carrots left over to make him some Persian carrot jam as well. I thought I had a recipe for it,…