Hazelnut Maple Syrup

We have been exploring our new home here in Portland.  This weekend we went in search of some fall color, which seems to be just starting here.  So we headed a little bit north and did what appears to be “a thing” here – we walked across the St. John’s Bridge. We did get to…

Sephardic Leeks and Tomatoes

I fell in love with leeks over 10 years ago, when I first made magical leek soup during my “French Women Don’t Get Fat” phase. Actually, I will likely be revisiting the book to get myself back on track again.  There is a lot of wisdom in Mireille’s book. This is a very simple, very…

Pan Roasted Shishito Peppers

As we were sitting down after dinner, I looked on my blog and realized that I have never posted about shishito peppers.  I can’t believe that is so, but it is.  I first discovered shishito peppers last year at a farmers market in Delaware.  They were the cutest little wrinkled green peppers I had ever…

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Biscotti

I am slowly venturing into baking in the little condo kitchen.  I have none of my tools, they are in storage in Maryland with the rest of our furniture.  I am really missing my standing mixer. But, my arms are getting more of a workout, at least. Another of my farmer’s market finds was local…

Persian Noodle Soup (Ash-e Reshteh)

My husband and I love soups. My son, on the other hand, is not a soup lover; he’s not even a soup taster, soups are just a no-go for him. So, when he left for Outdoor School on a cold dreary day, I checked my cupboards and, yes!, I had what I needed to make…

Farmers Market Roasted Pepper Salad

I love when I go to the farmers market and something totally new is there.  Such was the case when the pepper roasters were there.  What a wonderful smell!  They were roasting all different types of peppers right there! Even though the hot peppers were calling to me, I bought the bag of mild peppers…

A Great High Holiday Breakfast – Dried Fruit Compote with Yogurt

I start every day with 2 dried figs or dates, I have for at least 10 years.  Not by themselves, but with whatever other item I am eating for breakfast.  Breakfast does not feel complete without my dried fruit. The Monday Morning Cooking Club recently posted a recipe for Kompote as a dessert for Rosh Hashanah. …

Salmon Candy Pasta with Egg

Now that we live in the Pacific Northwest, we are quickly becoming addicted to what is referred to here as ‘salmon candy.’ It is often an alder-smoked version I buy at the farmer’s market. And I now know the difference a belly cut makes – chewier, but much higher energy content. But the salmon I…

Turkey Kotlet (Persian Meat and Potato Patties)

I have mainly avoided making kotlets, Persian meat and potato patties, for two reasons: 1 – they are typically make with ground beef; and 2 – they are usually fried.  But here is a recipe for kotlet make with ground turkey and baked in the oven.  And guess what?  They were great!  I shouldn’t admit…