Zucchini Spears with Roasted Tomato Sauce

I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s coming sooner than you think. The end of summer. For some this is a melancholy time filled with mourning the loss of late sunsets and hot days, but for me the coming of fall has always been […]

Spicy-Sweet Potatoes

I like unexpected food combinations. I remember the day I discovered how good Fritos were when dipped in Chocolate pudding. I went through a phase where I dipped baby carrots in mustard. I love hot sauce on waffles. You get the idea. In Thailand I came to really appreciate […]

Winter Vegetable Gratin

This is a perfect side dish for fall or winter.  Sweet potato, purple potato, and carrot, all baked together with shallots, green onions, and a topping of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Next time I think I might throw some parsnips into the mix too! (adapted from Super Natural […]

Roasted Broccoli

  Roasting must be the best thing that ever happened to vegetables.  It transforms even frequently despised vegetables into tender morsels replete with flavor far beyond what they ever had when they were raw.      I didn’t know broccoli could be so good (and I even enjoy raw broccoli).  I just […]

Spinach with Sesame Dressing

If you don’t like spinach, you might reconsider after you try this. It is insanely simple and the flavor is amazing – a perfect mix of sweet and savory. The recipe makes extra dressing, which will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator, and would probably be great […]

My favorite appetizer

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite appetizer of all time … … SALAD ROLLS. Since I first tasted these little beauties at a Vietnamese restaurant in Portland about 7 or 8 years ago, I’ve been in love with them.  I always thought they were way too involved to […]

Yam sticks

There are a few reasons to love yams:  they are low in fat, a good source of fiber and vitamins, and they are a nice pretty orange color to top it all off. Some people prefer their yams mashed up with butter and sugar and topped with mini marshmallows, […]

Simple Thai cabbage stir fry

I had an entire head of cabbage in the fridge and wanted to try out a new recipe for stir-frying it.  I was making a Thai soup for dinner, so I turned to my favorite Thai cookbook for ideas.  This one is quick, simple, and complements a wide variety […]

Smoked Eggplant (Baingan Bartha)

This dish is great comfort food, and is pretty simple to make.  I first tried it at an Indian restaurant and fell in love with the smoky flavor and creamy texture.  I serve it over basmati rice, but it would be great with naan too.  If you are new […]

Roasted Vegetable Canape (Canape de Escalivada)

I almost never make real hors d’oeuvres.  Instead, I usually just throw together a plate of crackers and cheese or a bowl of hummus with some vegetable sticks. I think canapes look so glamorous, that last night when our neighbor invited us for dinner, I jumped at the chance […]

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