Roasted Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Local asparagus is in!!! To me, this is the real sign that spring is here. We will be obsessively eating asparagus for the next few weeks, it’s one of our traditions… “When they pick it, we will eat it” We also still have some matzoh left over, so I decided to make the romesco sauce…

Escalivada (Catalan Roast Vegetables)

I am in love! I want to put these vegetables on everything! And yes, we were continuing our Spanish theme from Passover. It was so simple. Rub on some oil, sprinkle with salt, wrap in aluminum foil, then bake. Unwrap, peel, chop and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and sherry vinegar. And, ta da! A…

Quajado

Our Spanish Passover continues… Lauren is home, so we needed a vegetarian dinner option and opted for a Quajado, an egg, cheese and vegetable dish. For tonight, we used zucchini, feta and cheddar. The combination was simply delicious. Salty, rich and slightly sweet. To complete the dinner we added a Spanish spinach dish with pine…

Our Spanish Seder

I decided to make an all-Spanish food Seder this year. It started with a Spanish Sephardic Charoset with hazelnuts, pistachios, marcona almonds, walnuts, dates, pears, figs and apples. This made a fabulous Hillel sandwich with my home-made maror (horseradish) The serious eating started with saffron sofrito matzoh ball soup. This was so good, it will likely become…

Creamy Sunchoke & Asparagus Soup

After many nights of heavy Passover foods, I was craving soup. Plus, I had stopped at one of our local orchards on my drive home from a client meeting and picked up some just-picked asparagus. Asparagus and my Jerusalem artichokes…a happy combo! The soup looks rich and tastes rich, but is so light and healthy!…

Lemon-roasted Jerusalem Artichokes and Potatoes

Although I did a lot of cooking and baking for our Passover Seder, only one ingredient came from my garden (other than my dried herbs) –  my good ole Jerusalem artichokes. Roasted with some baby yukon potatoes and lemon, it made a really tasty side dish. I decided to go with roasted vegetables since I already was making…

Salad Olivieh

I remember having Salad Olivieh in Iran in restaurants when we travelled into the center of the country.  When I asked my husband if he would like me to try making it, he jumped on the idea.  Unbeknownst to me, it is one of his favorites. So, the pressure was on. As seems to be…

Banana Maple Matzoh Brei

By the end of Passover I am always scrambling for some way to excite my family, and myself, about one more matzoh meal.  Last year, I saved Martha Stewart’s Banana Maple Matzoh Brei for the last lunch of Passover. And what a treat is was! But be careful, our bananas were almost over-ripe so it…

Persian Haroset

First, I must apologize for not having my slew of photos for you.  I did not expect this experiment to turn out so well on the first shot.  The Haroset turned out so well, I had to quickly cover it and put it in the fridge to keep from eating it all now! SO I…

Microwave Potato Chips

While Cam and I were home on our spring “staycation”, I decided to try making a treat I had recently seen – microwave potato chips.  No matter how many times I heard that they tasted just like chips out of the bag, I was skeptical.  And my first few batches confirmed my skepticism – they…