Sides · Vegetables

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower Parmesan

This is so incredibly delicious, it could be the main course! And on top of that, it’s both easy and healthy. I looked at the pile of broccoli and cauliflower as I was putting everything together, and thought it looked like plenty for six people. Wrong! We had five for dinner that night, but I think… Continue reading Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower Parmesan

Appetizers · Sides

Refried Beans (for Birthday Nachos)

Regarding birthdays: “I expect chocolate for breakfast. If you don’t feel sick by mid-morning, you’re not doing it right.” — The Doctor My kids’ birthdays are coming up, which got me thinking about birthday dinners. It’s a long-standing tradition in my family that you get to choose the dinner menu on your birthday. Nearly anything… Continue reading Refried Beans (for Birthday Nachos)

Beans (dried) · Instant Pot Pressure Cooker · Sides

Cooking Dried Chickpeas

I bought an Instant Pot® about a month ago. I’d been flirting with the idea of a pressure cooker for ages. I recently read an article that says not only are they faster than other methods, they actually can do a better job. That’s what really got me interested. Time is not an issue for me. I’m fortunate to… Continue reading Cooking Dried Chickpeas

Sides · Vegetables · Whole Grains

Herbed Wild Rice With Carrots & Kale

Pretty, isn’t it? And it’s really delicious, too! Now, I know kale has something of a reputation. Some people assume that anything that sounds healthy is going to taste like cardboard. Nope! Not here, anyway. This is a great intro-to-kale dish. You don’t even have to tell anyone that’s what the green stuff is, it’ll be… Continue reading Herbed Wild Rice With Carrots & Kale

Sides · Whole Grains

Parsley-Lemon Japonica Rice

This gorgeous rice deserves far more attention than it gets. It cooks up to a beautiful mahogany color, and has a flavor all its own.  Ingredients: ½ cup black japonica rice 1 cup water ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil Preparation: 1.) Bring the water to a… Continue reading Parsley-Lemon Japonica Rice


Curry Leaf Potatoes With Mint & Cilantro

  I’m new to cooking with curry leaves, although I’ve wanted to try them for quite some time. From what I’ve read, if you want the best flavor from them, you need the fresh leaves. One day, when I was in a local Asian market looking for toor dal, I spotted some very fresh-looking curry leaves… Continue reading Curry Leaf Potatoes With Mint & Cilantro