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…

Pumpkin Bread Biscotti

What did I do with the rest of the can of pumpkin that I found in my cabinet? As you can see I made pumpkin bread biscotti, which was so easy to make and truly a delicious treat.  But I need to share how I came about making it. When I first found out I…

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…

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…

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…

Sephardic Leeks and Tomatoes

I fell in love with leeks over 10 years ago, when I first made magical leek soup during my “French Women Don’t Get Fat” phase. Actually, I will likely be revisiting the book to get myself back on track again.  There is a lot of wisdom in Mireille’s book. This is a very simple, very…

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Biscotti

I am slowly venturing into baking in the little condo kitchen.  I have none of my tools, they are in storage in Maryland with the rest of our furniture.  I am really missing my standing mixer. But, my arms are getting more of a workout, at least. Another of my farmer’s market finds was local…

Persian Noodle Soup (Ash-e Reshteh)

My husband and I love soups. My son, on the other hand, is not a soup lover; he’s not even a soup taster, soups are just a no-go for him. So, when he left for Outdoor School on a cold dreary day, I checked my cupboards and, yes!, I had what I needed to make…