Broccoli Rice – Exploring Mom’s Recipe Box #4

When I was growing up, rice was something we only had when we ordered Chinese food. Well, that’s not totally true, there was Rice-a-Roni, the ever-present side dish. But really, can we count that as rice? It didn’t even come to my mind as rice until I typed the first sentence of this blog. So,…

Chicken and Mushrooms – Exploring Mom’s Recipe Box #3

The next recipe I tried from my mom’s recipe box came with the warning “Don’t taste before cooking!” I have to say, that made me smile. A dish that is more than the sum of its parts. As you can see, this recipe is from Stephanie, my sister-in-law. I can definitely date this to the…

Zucchini Casserole – Exploring Mom’s Recipe Box #2

Zucchini, mushrooms, tomato puree, and cheese – it’s a winning combination. This looked worth trying. I don’t know whose recipe this was, the recipe, like most, was in my mom’s handwriting, but she usually put a name on top. I have some guesses, I remember eating this (and not because my mom ever actually made…

Exploring mom’s recipe box – revisiting the 1970’s

While searching for some specific papers in my file box of my parents’ “stuff”, I came across my mom’s recipe box. A simple lucite holder of index cards. I had long ago taken out her own recipes, and my versions of those have been in my cookbooks (stuffed cabbage, sweet and sour meatballs, and noodle…

It’s a Soup Exchange!

How am I spending my time and energy now that the cookbook is done? Not cooking anything from my cookbook. That may sound funny, but I have made these dishes over and over, especially in the last 6 months, until every recipe was just how I wanted it and each dish had a photo worthy…

Latke Variations

This has been a fun food Hanukah. Since my son was sick in bed all week, food was our main excitement (after a fun first night party at a friends house). Tonight we are having a potato and corn latke sandwich based on a recipe by Navab Ebrahimi. I will share how I make that…

My Cookbook is Finally Here!

Just in time for the holidays! “When Kugel Met Tahdig: Foods of Our Persian-Jewish-American Marriage”, has finally been published!

Thanksgiving 2022

It is another small Thanksgiving for us, just me, my husband, and son (don’t worry, I will be spending plenty of time with our girls and our friends over the next month – and I will be with my daughter and granddaughter in Sweden in February). But, for now, Thanksgiving is quiet. That is no…

Pasta with Sweet-Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale – Revisited

I have been revisiting some of my early posts. Tonight I made this pasta with sweet-roasted butternut squash and kale. It was delicious, was a big hit for dinner. The only difference was that this time I omitted the half and half. As I thought, it ends up that it really wasn’t a necessary ingredient….