Watercress Salad with Avocado and Broiled Pineapple

Happy Mother’s Day!!  This is a recipe for my mother and also for anyone else who reads this blog in Hawaii (where I grew up).  I have made this fabulous salad recipe, from Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by way of Food 52, many times in the last few weeks.  It is really good, even…

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…

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…

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…

Bresaola and Arugula Salad

When people have to give up gluten, they usually go through a lot of grieving over the loss of bread…good bread.  I have to admit that bread was not that hard for me to give up.  It had given me a tummy ache for my entire life, so I think even before giving up gluten…

Crab Apples Pickled in Sherry Vinegar and Five Spice Powder

My Estonian grandmother planted a fruit tree for each of her grandchildren when they were born.  Mine was the crab apple tree.  When I was about seven years old, I asked my grandmother why my tree was the one with fruit that was so hard and sour.  She told me that the crab apple tree…