Fried Potato Straws

I have finally gotten down making thin crisp potato sticks to go with Gheimeh (Persian Split Pea Stew – with or without Beef). The technique that seems to work best is to slice the potatoes with my mandolin. Then stack a few slices and cut them thinly lengthwise. Two russet potatoes make a whole lot of…

Broccoli Cheese Latkes

The groundhog had attacked my broccoli, ate all the best parts, but left some leaves. So I left the plants in the garden.  Two months later, I have broccoli! These latkes are delicious! I can’t wait to make them again for Hanukah. Tonight we had them with eggs – one of my favorite ways to eat…

Spinach & Potato Frittata

I am finally harvesting some spinach from the garden!! Spring must actually be here (even if the sun hasn’t made an appearance yet). It has been a frustrating spring.  First, the groundhog came back and ate all the greens I planted (except spinach, he doesn’t like spinach). Then I put up a solar powered electric…

Creamy Sunchoke & Asparagus Soup

After many nights of heavy Passover foods, I was craving soup. Plus, I had stopped at one of our local orchards on my drive home from a client meeting and picked up some just-picked asparagus. Asparagus and my Jerusalem artichokes…a happy combo! The soup looks rich and tastes rich, but is so light and healthy!…

Potato Latkes with Pepper Jack Cheese

I thought I was done with innovative ways to make yummy potato latkes last year when I did the golden latkes with turmeric. But then I saw a little blurb in Food Network Magazine’s 50 cheese appetizers for pepper jack latkes.  Ooh, that was intriguing.  These vie with the spinach, potato and feta latkes for my…

Tapas Cooking Class in Barcelona

What was the best meal my daughters and I had in Barcelona? It was, surprisingly, the one we and our fellow students made at Barcelona Cooking. We arrived to this beautiful workspace… Then we met our fellow students and instructor, and were divided into pairings for each tapa. I was paired with a lovely woman…

Tuna and Green Bean Salad

It was a beautiful day, capped off with an afternoon kayak on Silver Lake.  We saw great blue herons and osprey; one osprey even swooped down right over us. And, my son learned how to paddle, he did great, even matched his paddling pace to mine! When you are out in the sun all afternoon,…

Microwave Potato Chips

While Cam and I were home on our spring “staycation”, I decided to try making a treat I had recently seen – microwave potato chips.  No matter how many times I heard that they tasted just like chips out of the bag, I was skeptical.  And my first few batches confirmed my skepticism – they…

Golden Latkes with Turmeric

Happy Hanukkah!! Just when you think there can be no other ways to make potato latkes, along comes turmeric. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family with an orange-yellow color when dried and ground. I love turmeric and the color it imparts on food; these latkes are flavorful and beautifully golden. I adapted this…

Roasted Fall Vegetables with Pumpkin Seed Oil

  It was a night when I needed to make a relatively fast dinner, but had no idea what I wanted to make.  I stopped at one of the local farm markets and picked up a cauliflower; I decided I would do something with the cauliflower and some of the sweet potatoes from my garden….