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Couscous Salad

This is so easy, I’m almost ashamed to be posting it as a recipe. But I’m lazy, which is exactly why I like making variants of this dish. I discovered pearl couscous about a year ago, packaged at Whole Foods under the moniker “Israeli Couscous.” The funny thing is I’ve had couscous a number of […]

Mung Bean Noodle Salad with Tofu

Ever since I bought that Mung vase at a garage sale (I can’t believe the deal I got!), I’ve been wanting to fortify my soul with some mung bean noodles. Also known as glass noodles, or bean thread noodles, these guys come in bundles (sometimes tied with string) in a pink net bag at your […]

Kibbutz Barbecue with a side of World Cup

Last night I had the pleasure of a cookout on a hillside in the north of Israel at a kibbutz with a number of colleagues. Of course, World Cup was playing on the big screen, as we watched Spain defeat Portugal 1-0. The new dish I learned was quite simple. I’ve never been a big […]

Fresh Dill Pickles Redux

I made another batch of fresh dill pickles from my garden cucumbers last night.  It’s getting hot and the cucumbers start getting yellowish orange on the vine from the heat, but they still taste great. The recipe is in this blog here. Here’s a picture before adding the liquid. I dropped in a couple of […]

Mango Dill Relish

This relish is wonderful if all you do is combine mango and red onion – you could stop right there. The sweetness of the mango counteracts the sharpness of the onion so well that the onion’s natural sweetness and flavor really pop out. For this recipe, I added lemon to get some additional complexity and […]

New World Veggie Saute with Crispy Tortilla Strips

This is a variant of a very simple dish I found in Rick Bayless’ Mexican Kitchen, and it also reminds me of India, where in public places vendors cook fresh corn on a hot plate with charcoal and serve it in little cups with a spoon to passers by. Use the following ratios, each ear […]

Tangy Roasted or Grilled Zucchini

This is a really simple dish. My favorite way to cook zucchini is to saute with chopped garlic in a little olive oil, and stop cooking while it’s still bright green and firm. But I’ve been cooking zucchini two or three times a week lately, as my garden has produced an abundance of eggplant-sized zucchinis. […]

Smoked Red Pepper and Tomato Cream Soup

This recipe is great – my buddy Mike sent it to me, and I finally concocted it this afternoon. I halved this recipe and it was plenty of soup for four people. 8 large red bell peppers cut in half and seeded 2 lbs tomatoes, cored 1large onion quartered 3 cloves garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons […]


I’m a southern boy, so I really like corn grits. (as if there’s any other kind of grits – but I’m just throwing a bone to my culturally disadvantaged readers here) I still remember the day when I went to some fancy Italian restaurant and discovered that they had grits with class. Only they called […]

Recipe: Tortilla Soup

This is one of my all time favorites, and there are a number of ways to make this, so it’s hard to go wrong.  You can make it very light, to serve as a “cup o’ soup” appetizer, or fill it up with chicken and/or veggies to make a meal out of it. This can […]