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…

Persian Shrimp with Rice

One of the main differences between the Persian Moslem diet and a Kosher diet is that Moslems eat shrimp.   So, here is a recipe for a simple shrimp and rice dish – Persian-style. My son is a shrimp fiend, it is a toss up between salmon and shrimp as to which is his favorite protein. …

Steelhead Trout with Pomegranate Salsa

I have truly fallen in love with steelhead trout.  It was hard to top my love affair with salmon, but this quintessential Pacific Northwest Fish has won me over.  But, never fear, this dish will work just as well with salmon, if that is your preference. This dish was inspired by Baked Salmon with Walnuts…

Kuku Gol Kalam- Roasted Cauliflower Frittata

Most Persian omelets, or kukus, are cooked stovetop, flipping them over to cook on both sides.  I recently saw a recipe where it was baked in the oven.  Although I like the look of the kukus cooked on both sides, I find it an annoying thing to do. So I was quite happy to try…