The Mother of All Grains: Quinoa (Quinoa Soup with Beans)

The Mother of All Grains: Quinoa (Quinoa Soup with Beans)

  What does it take for quinoa to get a little respect?     There is a strong case to be made for quinoa. The United Nations, after all, proclaimed 2013 “The Year of Quinoa.” Nutritionists extol quinoa’s nutritional virtues. It’s a complete protein and […]

Middle Eastern Eggplant Rice

To my delight, I’ve realized that I have some holes in my cookbook collection. My Middle Eastern cookbook shelf, in particular, is a little thin. I say “to my delight” because, believe me, I welcome any excuse to buy new cookbooks. Picture me with a […]

Oatmeal Cookies and a Trash Talking Scotsman

  Sad. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  That kind of sad. That’s what I think has been causing my sense of self worth to crater for the last week. Those menacing dark clouds and torrential rains may have nourished my garden, but they sure tipped my mood […]

Porcini Mushroom Risotto

    I confess that making risotto isn’t (or hasn’t been) a strong suit for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love rice. It is just that, somehow, risotto always seemed like it would be complicated to prepare. Then my world changed. I got an […]

Vegetable Soup with Spinach and Farro

        I found this soup recipe on the Washington Post site and the ideas of pureeing some of the chickpeas as a technique to increase the creaminess of the soup broth and of adding farro to give the soup substance intrigued me. In […]

Bulgur Salad with Mangoes, Pistachios and Medjool Dates

Here is your history lesson. Stay with me here. We get to Fabio a bit later in this post. Dates were a staple of the Babylonian diet as long as 8000 years ago, putting the date in the running for the distinction of being the […]

Farro with Pistachios, Mixed Herbs, Golden Raisins and Dried Cherries

  I’ve been itching to try farro in a salad and, as you may remember, I have the better part of a four-pound bag of farro sitting on my pantry shelf calling my name (See Farro and Bean Soup). I couldn’t be more pleased with […]

Farro and Bean Soup

  What in the heck is farro? When I first (mis)heard the term on the radio while driving, my distracted mind went in all sorts of wrong directions—a bitter Woody Allen misalliance, a dark Coen Brothers comedy that gave   the Minnesota expression “you betcha” […]