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Quinoa, Beets and Orange

For as often as we eat quinoa, I realized it has a relatively small presence on the blog.  I’d say at least once a week (if not more) quinoa will show up in some form for lunch or dinner – or breakfast on occasion.  So when my aunt emailed me asking for a more ideas […]

Double Broccoli Quinoa

I like to make a big grain salad to have on hand for lunch during the week.  They pack well, keep well and well, make me feel better than most other things I would come up with for lunch. Quinoa is a fave of mine, and I often change up the veggies, but keep the […]

Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant and Tomatoes

For quinoa cakes 3 scant cups water* 1 1/2 cup quinoa 1 clove garlic, peeled but still whole 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 t. dried oregano 1/4 t. pepper 1/4 t. salt zest of 1 lemon (depending on your zester, chop the zest so its finely minced) 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided […]

Fruit in Salad

What do you think about fruit in salad?  Not fruit salad – but green salads with fruit in the mix.  I happen to love it and the combo shows up on our table often. In the summer, peaches, nectarines and blueberries are some of my favorites; in the fall, apples and pears of course.  For […]

Bagna Càuda Salad

This is a definite salad of chicken and the egg – did I see the recipe on Food 52 because I spent Saturday morning at the farmer’s market, and knew that beets and turnips and brussels sprouts were still in abundance?  Or did I notice the beets because I had already spied the Bagna Càuda […]

Banana Cereal Muffins

A quick scroll through the archives makes it pretty obvious that I am not a baker.  I think it may be a combination of needing to pay attention and not really caring for baked goods.  That, and a glass of wine in hand makes much more sense when making things like mujadarra than say, a […]

Rice, Lentils & Charred Onions {Mujadarra}

I have been on quite a lentil kick lately.  First there was palak daal, then lentils with bacon and now mujaddara. Mujadarra is a lentil dish with rice (or wheat) and cooked onions that is often found in many Levantine cuisines. I have always loved the flavors of Lebanese (and it’s neighbor’s) cooking, and after a […]

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Tahini Salad

I know it is now properly fall, but seeing October on on my calendar isn’t nearly as big of a signal for me as seeing winter squashes pop up in the market.  So when I first saw butternut squash arrive, I through one in my bag, with plans to make Orangette’s warm butternut squash and […]

Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Brown-butter Corn

I don’t think I could ever tire of tomato season.  Or corn.  Seriously.  Corn has always been one of my favorites, but growing up, me no likey tomatoes.  And I tried, I tried just about every kind in every manner – I didn’t like not liking things.  But nothing worked – I think it’s a […]

Twitter Dinner

Not too long ago, I made my first twitter inspired meal. I know there are tons of people who post short ‘recipes’ on twitter and so I can imagine that many folks have already had their first “twitter dinner.” But to be honest, I still don’t really “get” twitter and so this is all still […]


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