Roasted Vegetable Kookoo

I included a good number of kookoos, or Persian omelets, on this blog and in my first cookbook. For the most part, they are very traditional kookoos.  For my next cookbook, I decided to create a mash-up of one of our go-to dinners – roasted vegetables and eggs – as a kookoo. Oh wow! It…

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…

Sourdough Blondies

Time for Portia’s first weekly feeding.  Portia is the new sourdourgh starter I made here in Portland.  After her feeding I was left with a cup of sourdough discard. I also have a bag of dark chocolate kisses and some other chocolates in my kitchen (leftovers from my Mother’s Day treats).  I want to use…

A Real Northwestern Bread – Hazelnut and Cherry

Even though we are still living in our rented tiny condo and all my kitchen gear is in storage (including my stand mixer), it is time to get back to baking bread.  Without my mixer, I am getting my hands on the dough more, so getting an even better feel for the textures I like…

Chicken and Fava Bean Polo

How to turn a fail into a success… I had planned to make chicken tinga for dinner, when I realized that I had defrosted the wrong chicken, had no tomatoes, no chipotle peppers, and no corn tortillas 🤦‍♀️. So I explored my options knowing that I needed to use the chicken tonight. We had broccoli,…

Pumpkin Challah Cinnamon Rolls

Time for some quarantine comfort baking – “emptying my cabinets” style.  I found a can of organic pumpkin, so, since I also still have some confectioner’s sugar,  baking project #1 – pumpkin challah cinnamon rolls. As with many of my favorite challah recipes, this one was from My Jewish Learning – The Nosher.  I made…

Cumin Chicken & Rice (Morgh Zereh ba Berenj)

Talk about comfort food! And memories of my mother! Another mash-up of my husband’s and my backgrounds.  I set out to make a chicken and rice dish with a bit more flavor by adding a good bit of cumin along with turmeric, and bay leaves.  When I went to the store today, I was able…

Baklava experiment

In my quest to combine Pacific Northwest foods with Persian foods, I decided to jump into making one of the foods that has always intimidated me – baklava.  Not just any baklava, but I wanted to experiment with using hazelnuts and walnuts.  Not only that, but I decided to bring my love for orange juice-based…

Persian Rice with Cabbage and Lentils (Kalam Polo ba Adas)

Cabbage, lentils and tomato lie at the heart of vegetarian comfort food. And I do love cabbage. It gets a bad rap, but it is so versatile.  Cabbage can be stir fried, braised, stuffed, pickled, or, as I even like to munch on it, eaten raw.  And lentils, I hated lentils as a child.  They…