Roasted Turnips With Dill and Caraway

The things we do for love. Like, grow turnips! I’ve mentioned before that I grew up thinking I didn’t like them. Thing is, it was a “didn’t like” that was based on precisely zero experience. Not the kind of thing a sciency person such as I likes to admit, maybe, but I was just a…

Jingle Bell Salad

This fun little side salad is great for holidays or any special occasion. It’s often found its way to my Christmas dinner table, but would be equally welcome at Thanksgiving, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, or any other time you want to have a little fun with your food for very little effort. Almost all of…

Spud Cakes

“You’re Scottish, fry something!” — The Doctor Yay, leftovers! Especially Thanksgiving leftovers. I always cook more than I think we will need because there are so many delicious things to make with them. The turkey carcass goes in the crockpot with water and seasonings for Turkey Noodle Soup. Leftover turkey goes to sandwiches and Turkey-Pea…

Roasted Herbed Turnips and Zucchini

The garden got away from me! Well, the growth of some of its inhabitants did. One day I had baby turnips & zucchini. The next day, it seemed, they were enormous! I really didn’t need to plant turnips as early as I did, but I was so excited to get things growing that I overdid…

Saffron Rice

The bright yellow of this yummy side dish always makes me smile! Saffron is a fantastic spice. The sheer intensity of labor involved in its harvest more than justifies its hefty price tag. Fortunately, a little goes a very long way, so the cost per dish is quite reasonable. On a per-gram basis, though, it’s…

Roasted Zucchini and Baby Potatoes With Caribbean Seasoning

I’ve really enjoyed finding new and different ways to cook zucchini this summer. It was my first year growing zucchini because I used to think I didn’t like it. Was I ever wrong! I think my misconception came from old habits. When I was growing up (and, sorry kids, when you were growing up, too,)…

Sautéed Zucchini With Tomatoes & Cumin

I bet you see tomatoes and zucchini and think, “Italian.” Not this time! The cumin and coriander make this dish a great accompaniment to Margarita Chicken or even a Middle Eastern style meal. The stars are the zucchini and red tomatoes. I tossed in a few green tomatoes because my garden is weird this summer;…

Zucchini With Toasted Almonds & Mint

We thought we didn’t like zucchini. We were wrong. Thanks to Smitten Kitchen, now we can’t get enough! So ya know that neighbor you avoid every summer because they’re always trying to dump their excess zucchini on you? Call them. Now. This incredible dish is going to make you want to be their new best…