New Beginnings

After 31 years in Delaware, we are moving to Portland, Oregon.  My husband has been there for over a year, so it is time to get my two guys back together. But before we start our new lives there, it is time for a cross-country adventure with my boy and my dog! Layered on top…

Andrea’s Blog – Phase 2

Wow, it has really been a long time since I wrote a new post! First, I took time off to focus on writing my Persian cookbook. The book is mostly written, and I have been trying to get it in front of publishers. Not an easy task. I think I need to regroup and figure…

Bitter Citrus Marmalade

On my drive to Boston to help my daughter move, I was listening to the radio in Connecticut and heard Food Schmooze for the first time. It was an entertaining food show, but most interesting was the cookbook they were discussing – Preserving Italy by Domenica Marchetti. I was quite intrigued, so I ordered the…

Acorn Squash and Roasted Garlic Strudel

I had some beautiful acorn squash from our local CSA. This was so much fun, both to make and to eat. It is actually fairly healthy, but feels very decadent. Must be the phyllo dough. Acorn Squash and Roasted Garlic Strudel from the Kitchn 1 head garlic, roasted 2 small acorn squash Salt and pepper…

Butternut Squash Preserved in Oil

I was able to rescue about half a dozen butternut squash before the bugs destroyed the plants in my garden. We have been enjoying what have turned out to be some very tasty squash. While driving to Boston to help my daughter move, I listened to 6 hours of NPR. In Connecticut I discovered Food…

Persian Cookbook

You may have noticed that I have not been posting many new recipes lately. I am taking some time to focus on the cookbook I am writing.  I have gathered the Persian recipes from my husband’s family and others I have found and adapted them to an American kitchen.  My sisters-in-law spend many hours in…

Eggplant Parmigiana Sub

At 90, my mom is aging rapidly. Here she was a couple of years ago after the slide began but while she was still fairly alert (at least she still knew who I was). Before she got sick, one of the foods she loved, but rarely treated herself to, was eggplant parmigiana subs. She especially…

Salad Shirazi

Salad Shirazi is a classic Persian salad. Fresh vegetables, mint and lime. Perfect for when garden tomatoes are plentiful. The tomatoes share center stage with cucumbers, but you can’t beat the tomatoes for colorful lushness. The result is a light, refreshing salad. Enjoy! Salad Shirazi 2 medium cucumbers, diced (~2 cups) (from the garden) 2…

Khoresh Bademjun (Persian Eggplant Stew) Vegetarian Version

Not only did we pick berries in the Catskills, we also picked eggplants (yes, pick-you-own eggplants!). What a happy thing! So we are “eggplanting” it out this week.  My vegetarian daughter is home so, I created this version of khoresh bademjun for her. Needless to say, she was thrilled. Khoresh Bademjun (Persian Eggplant Stew) Vegetarian…

Cincinnati Chili – Turkey Version

I have written before about how I love Cincinnati Chili.  I really do love it, the flavor just makes me very happy. I previously shared a beef version made a little healthier by pairing it with spaghetti squash. Tonight’s version used ground turkey. We didn’t miss the beef at all. Cincinnati Chili – Turkey Version…