Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

February 22nd, 2013  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


I have been celebrating the New Year's Eve at The Mansion for as long as I can remember. But last year, plans changed and at the very last minute, I found myself in Alaçatı - a small village far away from home. We arrived the day before New Year's Eve and decided to check out a few of the antique shops in the village. As we reached the ...

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Vera’s Almodrote

Vera’s Almodrote

February 21st, 2011  | Category: Friends, Travel, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Here's the first dish Vera prepared with the ingredients we bought from the Alaçatı farmers market: Almodrote de Kalavasa. It is a zucchini flan with Sephardic origins and very close to the zucchini au gratin my mother used to make when I was a little boy. Actually, not much has changed since then; I still don't get excited about zucchinis (unless they're fried). So when Vera mentioned she ...

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Peas with Marjoram

Peas with Marjoram

June 18th, 2009  | Category: Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Peas with marjoram... Simple, seasonal and delicious. First in a series of dishes Baking Fairy and I cooked together. I must have mentioned her here before. She is one of my closest friends. And the one living the farthest. A few years back, she fell in love with Costa Rica, left her job in California in the blink of an eye, bought a rundown cafe in Montezuma and ...

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Creamy Braised Brussels Sprouts

Creamy Braised Brussels Sprouts

February 11th, 2009  | Category: Vegetable, Vegetarian


I would have never imagined that I'd find myself daydreaming about Brussels sprouts one day. It happens to me a lot with ice cream, Nutella-filled mini doughnuts, bagels and Korova cookies, but never with Brussels sprouts. That was until I took a chance and tried the Creamy Braised Brussels Sprouts recipe from Molly Stevens' "All About Braising".

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How to Make a Flavorful Vegetable Broth

How to Make a Flavorful Vegetable Broth

January 21st, 2009  | Category: Soup, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Preparing a well-balanced, flavorful vegetable broth at home is not only easy, but also a great way to salvage leftover vegetables in your fridge. Simmering a handful of vegetables, herbs and spices with water will reward you with nutritious and fragrant soups, risottos, stews, braises and countless other dishes. Just throw them in a pot, and you're done. It is really that easy. I've used this broth ...

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