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…

Persian Yogurt Soda a.k.a Doogh

I just realized that it has been way too long since I last wrote a post for this blog. I have missed it, and missed you all. I want to share with you what I have been working on while I have been away. First, I am in the final stages of putting recipes together…

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…

Bread Baking Masterclass Loaf #2 – Rye

Today was the time for Apollonia Poilàne’s second loaf in her masterclass – sourdough rye. I have made rye breads that I have really liked before, but this is a French rye, not a Jewish or Russian rye. I also plan to try a dutch rye and a Finnish rye over the next few weeks, while…

Bread Baking Masterclass – Loaf #1

No matter how many loaves of bread I make, I feel like a beginner. With each loaf I realize I have so much more to learn. So I decided to take Apollonia Poilàne’s masterclass. I love watching her movements and listening to her descriptions. How nice it is to imagine I am turning down the…

Swedish Vanilla Bread and a Reason

I decided that this week’s challah should be a Swedish Vanilla Bread. Why? Oh there are a couple of good reasons: The wonderful vanilla beans I got from @JonathanBergman and @AvivaVanillaBeanCompany My oldest daughter and her husband are living in Sweden and about to have my first grandchild! I am quite excited as I connect…

Vanilla, Vanilla, Vanilla!

I love vanilla! I love the smell of vanilla, I love the flavor of vanilla, and I love playing with vanilla beans. So, my friend, @JonathanBergman, recently sent me some vanilla beans from his vanilla company, @AvivaVanillaBeanCompany. Then comes the quandary, what to do with these scrumptious vanilla beans? I decided to put 2 into…