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…

Lamb and Butternut Squash Stew

We are very lucky to have access to local, pasture-raised lamb, which is a more sustainable red meat option. Although we eat very little red meat, when we do, it is usually in a stew. So I am trying to switch my beef stews to lamb wherever it makes sense. One I have been working…

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…

Quarantine Quiche

Sometimes quarantine means making comfort food. This is especially true on a rainy quarantine day. Since moving to Portland we have discovered tater tots.  Yes, there were tater tots in Delaware, and I never made them.  Just another processed food.  But tater tots were invented in in Oregon, and they are a big thing here,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…