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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Mushroom Soup with Chervil Cream

Mushroom Soup with Chervil Cream

January 29th, 2009  | Category: Soup, Vegetarian


Can you imagine Martha serving an ordinary soup at a Thanksgiving dinner? Exactly. But that's not the only reason why I bookmarked this mushroom soup as soon as I saw its photo gleaming on page 146 of Martha Stewart Living's November 2006 issue, where she entertained 20+ guests at her farm in Bedford, New York. Did it ever happen to you, too? A recipe screaming "Cook me. Ladle ...

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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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Mung Bean Salad

Mung Bean Salad

June 19th, 2008  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


The above mung bean salad wasn't actually included in the original "San Francisco on The Bosphorus" menu. Instead, I planned to prepare another traditional salad called Gavurdagi, which is usually served at kebab restaurants. A small Mexican restaurant on Columbus Street (crossing Chestnut) that we used to visit with colleagues for lunch on a regular basis was the inspiration. They would always bring a complimentary bowl of tortilla ...

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