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…

Sumac and Honey Hazelnuts

I found a great place to buy hazelnuts on my way to Salem.  I buy nuts in the shell; I find shelling the nuts to be a very “Zen” activity.  I typically do about 2 cups of nut meats at a time; that way not too many have been opened, so they stay fresh. I…

Qormeh Sabzi – even healthier!

The first Persian dish I fell in love with was Qormeh Sabzi – a vibrant green stew of herbs with kidney beans and served with or without meat.  I have posted both beef and chicken versions before.  But now that I am in Portland, we have access to local fresh greens all winter.  The kale…