Thursday, November 27, 2014

French Twist Cran-Raspberry Sauce


I live in New England where cranberries are plentiful and ruby red. This is a French twist on Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. It's tart and tangy, thick and glossy. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easy Fresh Pea Soup with Thai Flavors



I make a lot of fresh pea soups using humble frozen petite peas. I've done other Thai pea soups on this blog. They're economical, fast, easy and just great to keep in your freezer for spur of the moment meals.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

French Vanilla Pear Muffins


I love making muffins. Simple ingredients are mixed with fruit and in less than thirty minutes home-baked-happiness-happens. 
  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Buttermilk Berry Muffins


I love muffins!  I love making them because they're quick and easy.  I love eating them warm with an extra hot cup of coffee in the morning or in the afternoon with a cup of tea. I keep a steady supply in my freezer to pop in the microwave for a quick, weekday breakfast. These are a riff on my favorite incredibly moist blueberry muffins that I shared on my blog Vintage Kitchen. They're made with a combination of whole wheat and regular flour. They're ultramoist, packed with berries and not too sweet (but sweet enough). If you like your muffins sweeter, increase the sugar in the recipe to one cup. 
Just about any berry will work here. I've made them with frozen blueberries and raspberries too. 

Lemon Scallion Couscous Cakes


These lemony couscous cakes get their moisture and flavor from lots of scallions, the larger the better. If you can only find small scallions then just use more of them. I like to serve these cakes with my Moroccan Eggplant Tagine (the link takes you to my other blog Sew French) or a Persian Salad (recipe below). But, they're equally good with salsa, chutney, yogurt or creme fraiche and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lime juice. Sometimes I make them for lunch and serve them with lemon, creme fraiche and roasted veggies. 

Moroccan Chickpea Tagine


Moroccan tagines are beautifully fragrant stews made with key spices and whispers of saffron. The French are very fond of them. I make a lot of tagines, like this Eggplant Tagine (posted on my Sew French embroidery blog). To my delight, a French woman once wrote to me to say that my tagine recipes are some of the best she's ever tried.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm Back with a New Fresh Pea Soup Recipe!


Lets talk about this creamy, dreamy, fast and easy pea soup. It's made with frozen peas. They're elevated to something quite fresh and lovely. White wine, basil and fennel give it a complex flavor. If you don't love fennel, you can omit it with good results. But, it quietly complements the flavor of the peas and basil. I've been quick pea soups with frozen peas for a while now. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hot Sesame Tofu



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There are those who love tofu and those who hate it. And then there’s a small minority who fall somewhere in the middle.  To me, wok-tossed  tofu with a feisty sauce is good eating.  Because tofu is pretty bland, it needs lots of flavor to get my attention. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sweet & Smoky Chicken Nuggets




The light is changing here in Boston. The days are getting colder and shorter. The leaves are falling from the trees. Winter will soon be here. This chicken dish with smoked Spanish paprika and sweet honey is tasty and easy to prepare. It's warm and welcoming on the coldest of winter evenings. Serve with lots of lemon wedges for a bright and tangy finish.     

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Restaurant-Style Lentil Curry ~ Coconut Milk, Warm Spices, Fresh Lime



This long Veteran's Day weekend was spent meandering around Boston, visiting gorgeous portraits at the Museum of Fine Arts and cooking this creamy lentil curry. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Baked Fish with Lemon Herb Sauce



This is a great dish for a casual dinner. It's elegant but unfussy. The herb sauce is fresh and lively against the juicy fish. It's quick and easy too. I serve it with my lemony roasted potatoes or baked potatoes. I'm lucky enough to live in New England, where fish and potatoes are always a classic combination.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mediterranean Toasted Quinoa Salad ~ Chickpeas, Roasted Red Peppers & Fresh Herbs



A chopped salad that hits all the right flavors and textures is always welcome around here. This Mediterranean inspired one is crunchy, creamy, toasty, tangy and bright. Lemony salads are wonderful year round. I particularly love them in winter, when most of us long for something lively, fresh and green. While tomatoes are tasteless in winter, red bell peppers, lemons and cucumbers are usually fine. Herbs seem to always be available on my supermarket shelves too.