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…

Farmers Market Roasted Pepper Salad

I love when I go to the farmers market and something totally new is there.  Such was the case when the pepper roasters were there.  What a wonderful smell!  They were roasting all different types of peppers right there! Even though the hot peppers were calling to me, I bought the bag of mild peppers…

A Great High Holiday Breakfast – Dried Fruit Compote with Yogurt

I start every day with 2 dried figs or dates, I have for at least 10 years.  Not by themselves, but with whatever other item I am eating for breakfast.  Breakfast does not feel complete without my dried fruit. The Monday Morning Cooking Club recently posted a recipe for Kompote as a dessert for Rosh Hashanah. …

Eggplant and Zucchini Antipasti

Our condo association held a social last week.  Since it was going to be right outside our patio, of course we would attend, but what would we bring? I decided to reach into the techniques I use to prep eggplant and zucchini for my Persian cooking and make some antipasti. To add some color I…

Rice and Broccoli Frittata

This frittata was great! It was a hit with each of us, even my now-picky 10 year old. And, it could have been even better.  Putting rice in the frittata leads to the possibility of combining Persian tahdig (crispy rice layer) with an Italian omelet – how good would that be?! I am still adjusting…

Zucchini Quesadillas

Last week, my husband called me to say he was at the Lloyd Farmers Market and did I need anything? I needed a zucchini, so I asked him to buy 1 medium-sized zucchini.  I wish I had taken a picture, because he came home with 3 large zucchini.  They weren’t as big as the huge zucchini,…

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…

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…