Raw Asparagus Salad/ Asparagus, Avocado and Goat Cheese Open-Faced Sandwich

Recipes for raw asparagus salad have been catching my eye lately….Raw Asparagus and Quinoa Salad on My Darling Lemon Thyme, Asparagus Mint Slaw on Saveur and sooooo many recipes for raw shaved asparagus with lemon and pecorino.  It turns out the raw asparagus is nutty and delicious, especially right now when you can get it all tender…

Fried Lima Beans with Feta, Sorrel, Sumac and Lemon

This recipe combines beans that originated in Peru with cooking techniques and spices from the Middle East AND the little green things that are starting to come out of the ground at this moment in New York State.  It used up a few delicious green spring herbs (ramps and sorrel) that I had enthusiastically purchased…

Four Weird and Delicious Pestos

I know this is weird, but I don’t make basil pesto.  I make pesto for three reasons. 1.  I have some sad bunch of green something that I did not use in a timely fashion, but cannot stand to throw away, so I make it into pesto.   The truth is, I do not buy…

Finally, a good gluten-free pizza crust

Until recently,  I have had a resigned attitude toward making gluten-free pizza crust at home.  The only really good gluten-free pizza’s I had eaten had been made in a wood-fire oven or on a grill and I don’t own either of those!  But for the last few months I have been on a very involved…

Chocolate Pear Pudding Cake (gluten-free or not)

Happy Boxing day!  This pudding cake is similar to the Friday Afternoon Pear and Hazelnut Pudding Cake I posted…hmmm…almost exactly one year ago!  Appearently I crave pear pudding cake of one sort or another at this time of year.  In the winter, it is very important to me to come home from school and have warm…

Bittersweet Side Dish- Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Yams

I have been a little distracted by the storms hitting New York City lately.  However I wrote this post a while back and never got a round to publishing it.  Enjoy! I crave bittersweetness…..dark chocolate, chinotto soda, Seville Orange Marmalade, Italian aperitif, very strong black tea with milk and sugar.      It may all…

Tuna-Dill Tomato Sauce

I’m really happy with this sauce. I have consumed immense quantities of tomato sauce in my life but it’s not something that I’ve ever gotten into making. That just means I have opinions about the subject and know what the good stuff looks like when I see it. Cockiness aside, this is a really flexible…

Quinoa Tabbouleh

I am very pleased with this dish.  I like tabbouleh, but it is usually made with cous cous, which I cannot eat.  Quinoa agrees with me very well and it is a very successful substitution.  In addition to taking all kinds of seasonings very well, quinoa is really, really nutricious and probably the easiest grain…