Antidote to a Spring Storm

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew It’s April and spring is “in the air,” however on days like this one it means torrential rain and wind. I suggest this comfort-food antidote – Mediterranean Chickpea Stew. The ingredients that wrap flavor around the chickpeas will whisk you to a sunnier Mediterranean land – fresh rosemary, garlic, tomatoes and meaty […]

A Golden Twist on Hummus for Fall

Pumpkin Hummus with Fig Olive Gremolata   Hummus is hot.  Sales reached 695.5 million in 2014, a number that has doubled since 2009 (Reference 1,2).   It’s become a staple in many homes, including mine. Not only is hummus scooped onto pita bread and chips,  it is replacing butter and mayonnaise in wraps, sandwiches and more.   Arabic for “chickpeas” […]

A Gluten-Free Flatbread Everyone Loves

Farinata Everyone who tries this pizza-like appetizer, made with a chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour crust, seems to fall in love with it.      I was moved to try Farinata when I found a half-empty bag of garbanzo bean flour after testing Garbanzo Bean Gnocchi with Forest Mushrooms and Garlic Chive Coulis in my friend Braiden […]

Green Garbanzo Beans

 Green Garbanzo Hummus  I love to discover a new food – and it’s even better when it’s a good value and good for you. I live near the Costco headquarters and our local store seems to be a testing ground for new products which, along with some fun eating, provide insight into food  trends.  On a […]

Layer and Build Flavors

 Pasta with Marinated Chickpeas, Grilled Vegetables and Sausage  This spring I had the pleasure of working with senior students at the Culinary Academy of Seattle Central Community College.  The project required them to prepare a meal that meets strict limits on calories, sodium, fiber, fat and saturated fat, use seasonal and nutrient-rich ingredients and employ […]