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…

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….

Rick Martinez’ Roasted Tomato Galette

I finally had the chance to go out to a local farm to pick tomatoes yesterday. I picked about 15 pounds, split between whatever varieties they had. Most of it went into canning . Two and a half pound were set aside to try making Rick Martinez’ roasted tomato galette. It is a bit of…

Date Challah – Revisited

As Rosh Hashanah approaches this year, I am being drawn to cooking with the traditional foods – dates, honey, apples… So, I decided to make a date challah for this Shabbat. Here’s what it looked like when I did the original post in 2013: I made just a couple of tweaks when I made it…

Lentil Fesenjan

I have been creating so many new recipes, and vegan ones, for my next cookbook, that I needed a break. I made my own vegan version of fesenjan, so I decided to simply try someone else’s. I am writing this as I try it, so, come along with me as I make The Minimalist Baker’s…

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…