Appetizers & Small Bites

 
Bulgogi Meatballs

Bulgogi Meatballs -
These tender, juicy meatballs with hints of ginger, soy, and garlic make for an easy weeknight dinner or a stand-and-snack appetizer for weekend guests.  You can form them into patties for sliders or serve in lettuce wraps for a lighter…

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Bacon-Onion Jam -
If you haven’t already tried bacon jam, here’s a go-to summer condiment that you can make ahead, keep in the refrigerator, and pull out at the last minute to add richness and depth to almost anything you’re cooking this summer.…

The Power of Whole Grains

Whole Grain, Nut, and Fruit Bars -
As is, this is vegan-friendly and can also be gluten-free if you choose gluten-free versions of some of the ingredients below. For a more cake-like texture, stir in two eggs* once the applesauce has been added. I really like the…

Meatless Monday: Romesco Sauce with Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables with Romesco Sauce -
I’ve been making variations of Spanish Romesco—a deeply flavorful nut-and-red pepper-sauce from Catalonia—for years, after tasting a version at Chef Adolfo Garcia’s Restaurant Riomar in New Orleans. The smoky piquillo pepper-based sauce was paired with rare yellowfin tuna and a…

Fresh Fava Beans

Fresh Fava Beans -
One of my favorite early signs of spring are the lovely pale green curves of fresh fava beans.  It takes a good pound of shell-on fresh favas to serve one person so plan on buying a few pounds.  You’ll need…

Orange Blossom Sugared Cranberries

Orange Blossom Sugared Cranberries -
I love coming across recipes for new ways to feature fresh cranberries.  This one, by food blogger, Cozy Delicious posted on Food52, is one of my favorite ways to serve cranberries.  A fragrant overnight soak in orange blossom water and…

Thanksgiving Plates

Thanksgiving Plates -
Roast turkey and gravy are usually the star for the big Thanksgiving meal but a little love on the side can come from the equally stellar supporting players.  On this plate of Roast Turkey with Pancetta and Prunes (lovingly styled…

Carrot Love

Carrot-Top Walnut Pesto -
Roasted Carrots. Burrata. Carrot Tops Carrots, in all their glory, are in season and I love them in so many ways–crunched out of hand, roasted to sweet perfection, or whizzed up into a purée.  Lately, I’ve had such a love affair…

Meatballs with Currants and Pine Nuts

Meatballs with Currants and Pine Nuts -
These meatballs get a lift from juicy black currants and some toasted pine nuts.  If you prefer, you can omit, but they add both texture and flavor.  Serve with your favorite tomato sauce, or, as I sometimes do, melt an…

Recipe from A Mouthful of Stars: Avocado Papaya Salad

Avocado Papaya Salad -
This salad is a combination of Caribbean influences and Mexican flavors inspired from my travels to both places. Creamy avocado and papaya come to life with fresh lime juice and the crunch of jícama. Sometimes I substitute a large Korean/Asian…