Palak Paneer

This is a simple homemade version of the delicious "creamed spinach with cheese" dish popular in Indian restaurants.  We've tweaked the recipe enough that it's become our own, and meanwhile the recipe we started from is no longer online. Paneer is a firm, white cheese you can buy at an Indian grocery store--it's the best … Continue reading Palak Paneer

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Garam Masala Baked Lentils

Garam masala is an Indian spice blend available in bulk at the food co-op.  We've often boiled green lentils with garam masala in a pot on the stove, as a high-protein main dish to go with whatever Indian vegetable dish we were making.  Sometimes that's been kind of annoying, though, as the cooking time is … Continue reading Garam Masala Baked Lentils

Magic Breakfast Burrito + 70 Things to Cook in Cast Iron

We've had two cast iron skillets in our home for years, and we use at least one of them almost every day.  This year, we inherited three more!  That's what inspired me to collect a whole bunch of recipes for foods that cook well in cast iron. My friend Alison Frane (of Chickicheesinara Sauce fame) offered … Continue reading Magic Breakfast Burrito + 70 Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Tomatillo Salsa and 3 Flavors of Roasted Tomatoes

It's been a great summer for tomatoes here in western Pennsylvania!  Our CSA farm share brought us 27 tomatoes and 18 tomatillos last week, and 38 tomatoes two weeks ago.  We expect to get more tomatoes today! We learned several years ago that roasting in seasoned oil makes tomatoes taste great, take up less space, … Continue reading Tomatillo Salsa and 3 Flavors of Roasted Tomatoes

Hummus and Vegetable Flatbread Sandwich: You deserve this lunch!

Whoever you are, reading this, you deserve a tasty, healthy, homemade lunch!  This one is easy, inexpensive, and low in environmental impact, so there's no need to feel guilty about it.  Perhaps you're not struggling with that and would like me to get on with telling you the recipe.  Well, first I'm going to show … Continue reading Hummus and Vegetable Flatbread Sandwich: You deserve this lunch!

How to make it from scratch instead of a package: Chipotle Simmer Sauce

My son Nicholas is 12 years old and often tells us about meals and snacks he enjoyed in his friends' homes.  Last month, when we were shopping at Target, he pointed out a package of sauce that was the exact type his friend's mother had used on the delicious fajitas. I told him I wasn't … Continue reading How to make it from scratch instead of a package: Chipotle Simmer Sauce

Homemade Halvah: A sweet, nutritious, energy snack! (GF) (vegan)

Halvah is a Middle Eastern snack/dessert made mostly of sesame paste and sugar with various flavorings.  I've usually had the chocolate flavor and liked it, but I never felt a craving for halvah until about six weeks ago.  Suddenly, late one night, I found myself wishing I had halvah and wondering if I could make … Continue reading Homemade Halvah: A sweet, nutritious, energy snack! (GF) (vegan)

Drowning in Veggies? 5 Steps for Using a CSA Farm Share

It’s dinnertime on a Wednesday, and you’ve just been handed 10 pounds of fresh, organic, locally-grown, assorted vegetables! You’re eager to get some of them onto your family’s plates tonight and make sure you use every bit as wisely as you can before next week—when another load of vegetables will arrive—and you never know what … Continue reading Drowning in Veggies? 5 Steps for Using a CSA Farm Share

3 Super-Simple Homemade Frosting Recipes

I've seen many recipes for cake frosting that require separating eggs, using ingredients unfamiliar to many people (like cream of tartar), cooking for 7 minutes whisking constantly, using a double boiler, or some other complicated technique.  It's no wonder that so many people have the idea that homemade frosting is very difficult to make!  Even … Continue reading 3 Super-Simple Homemade Frosting Recipes