A Taste of Morocco

Moroccan-Spiced Farro Stuffed Bell Peppers When I was a teenager, I feel in love with the deeply fragrant spice combinations of Morocco.  I had picked up a discounted copy of Paula Wolfert’s book, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, and began to curiously cook and eat my way through an ancient cuisine with strange […]

Culinary Labor of Love

 Rustic Roasted Vegetable Lasagna – A Recipe Suggestion   I fell in love with my husband again a few years ago.   I had arrived home on a Sunday night from a long International Association of Culinary Professionals conference to a bubbling Roasted Vegetable Lasagna that he had spent the better part of the day making.  I’ve always […]

Embellish Your Feast with a Wreath of Rolls

 Toasted Quinoa and Herbed Potato Rolls  A Thanksgiving feast without homemade bread?  Can’t imagine.   Whether you’re in charge of the whole meal or making a contribution to a shared feast, make a splash with this recipe for Toasted Quinoa and Herbed Potato Rolls.  It’s not a variety you’ll likely find at your local bakery or […]

Farro, Barley and Amaranth, Risotto-Style

Ancient Grains Risotto   I’ll never give up traditional risotto, made with Italian Arborio or Carnaroli varieties of refined rice, but sometimes I want something with a little more heft and chew, like this version I cooked up with old-world grains, farro, pearl barley and amaranth.  Barley and amaranth gives the dish a creamy starchiness as […]

The Family Meal

Weekend Waffles When my daughter Allegra announced in September that she’d either have dance classes or work over the dinner hour every night of the week, the first thing I said was, “what about dinner with the family?” A couple weeks later I attended a 2-hour symposium at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference of […]

At Your Fingertips – A Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad with Bulgur, Feta and Pistachios What’s on the top shelf of your refrigerator?  If you’re my height, it’s a black hole, rarely explored.  Recently, hunger for a salad heartier than tossed greens motivated me to grab a stool and reach into that black hole.  Buried in the back corner of the fridge was […]