Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Chorizo/ A story about my cat

My wonderful cat Hazel loves Brussel sprouts.  He likes to chew on green things, and I am happy to provide him with anything that will keep him away from my begonias.  Brussel sprouts are not only tasty to Hazel, they are also ball shaped, which means that they can be chased around the kitchen floor…

Eastern Tennessee Harvest- Succotash

When I was in the fourth grade, I found a recipe for succotash in the recipe section of the local newspaper.  It caught my fancy, and my mother agreed to help me make it.  Succotash is corn and lima bean stew but I am pretty sure that the newspaper recipe included ground meat of some kind. …

Chilled Avocado Soup/ Last Minute Cold Soup Roundup

The weather has been a weirdly beautiful this  August in NYC.  We only had a few weeks of unbearable heat and humidity (back in July).  August has been sunny and not too hot and only occasionally a little bit muggy.   It has not been the kind of weather that demands cold soup    I…

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…

Crushed Green Olive Salad with Celery and Mint

I knew I was going to love this salad as soon as I read the recipe.  I am a big fan of good green olives and celery.  In fact, when I travel I always pack green olives and celery as an airplane snack.  Also, this salad has mint in it and I love mint in…

Wilted Collard Green Salad with Peanuts and Black Eyed Peas

This recipe caught my eye because it reminded me of the Palaver recipe that my sister posted long ago.  That is a very good stew, but this salad is easier to carry to work for lunch.  The classic African combination of peanuts, collards and black-eyed peas is so tasty and fortifying.  This recipe makes enough for two…

Pumpkin Walnut Soup

I have been very attracted lately to soup recipes that are made rich by the addition of nuts rather than cream.  Last winter I made two soups that were enriched with cashew cream (curried broccoli soup and cream of mushroom soup).  I have plans to try a hazelnut mushroom soup and potato almond soup in…

Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnuts and Pickled Celery

When I was about 9 years old I  received as a gift a beautiful set of Nijinsky and Pavlova paper dolls which depicted all of their costumes from the Ballet Russe.  I was so taken with these costumes that I did research about the life of Anna Pavlova at the library.  I learned that she…

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…