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…

Home-made cheap thrill sauce- Ajvar (or Ljutenica)

Ajvar (or Ljutenica) is one of my favourite store-bought condiments.  It is a relish made from sweet red peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.  Some brands are spicy and some are not.  It is a beautiful bright orange-red color.  It makes simple, cheap food taste thrillingly gourmet and it is astonishingly inexpensive, which is why I always refer…

Cheap Eats! Vegetable Jambalaya

This is the lean time for me.  I am a freelancer and, in my field, there is not much work in August or September.  Don’t cry too many tears for me.  I could buckle down and live within my means for my two months of underemployment, but I usually travel and have fun cooking food…

A Cooling Salad with Radish, Fennel, Celery and Hazelnuts

I started eating this salad a few months ago and I have not been able to stop.   It is a terrific spring time salad because it uses all the  brave and tough little vegetable that you can find at the end of winter.  I have continued to enjoy it as a summer salad also,…

Travelers Potato, Leek, Gouda Soup (For a rainy day in Tallinn)

In mid-June, my sister and I spent six days in Tallinn, which is the largest and oldest city in Estonia.  Tallinn offers an excellent balance between modern and medieval.  If you want to travel to Europe to see traces of VERY old culture and architecture and you want to travel to a place that is…

Rio Zape Pot Beans with Collards and Roasted Garlic and Jalapeno

There are two stars in this simple dish…home made vegetable stock and Rio Zape Beans from Rancho Gordo. I have started using Silvi’s system for making experimental economical vegetable stock. It is amazing how much excellent soup stock you can get out of a week of vegetable scraps!  Of course, I am not a vegetarian so…

Roasted Potatoes and Fennel with Za’atar

Every year around my birthday I go out for  dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, The Kebab Cafe, in Astoria Queens. I don’t really eat out much, because it interferes with my desires to spend all of my time cooking in my own kitchen, but eating at the Kebab cafe is deeply satisfying to…

Swiss Chard Stems with Tahini

I am quite excited by this swiss chard stem dish.  The recipe is from “Moro, The Cookbook” by Sam & Sam Clark.  I eat a lot of swiss chard.  In the winter the stems are a little bit intense so I like to cook them separately from the greens and beat them into submission with…

Beautiful Five Bean Stew

This is the patron recipe of working single mothers and students working to put themselves through college. It is simple, healthful, cheap.