Peanut Noodles (and Kimchi)

...a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta in a colander, reserving half a cup of the cooking liquid, and rinse with cold water until cooled. Toss with sesame oil and place in a large serving bowl. Add carrots, pepper, scallion and herbs to the noodles and toss. Pour about half of the sauce over the noodles and toss with a couple of spoons or a pair of tongs, adding more sauce as needed to coat the nood... Read more »

Quick Dishes

...Fried Rice & CSA Fried-Rice w/ Bacon Frittatas: Fresh Herb, Summer Squash & Herb; Mustard Greens; Sweet Pepper & Potato; Green Garlic, Fava Greens & Feta Green Beans w/ Mint & Feta Korean-inspired Ground Beef & Asparagus One-pot Tomato and Sausage Pasta with Greens Parsnip & Parsley Hash w/ Egg and Lemon Pasta Carbonara w/ Snap or Snow Peas Pasta w/ Kale and Hot Pep... Read more »

Winter Squash, Chickpeas, Lemongrass & Coconut Milk

...for the past year and this may have been the best one yet! Happy Cooking! P.S. There are sill spots available in the Winter/Spring Cooking Class at Luscher Farm on March 16th. We’d love to have you! Chickpeas, squash, lemon grass and coconut milk–a pretty winning combination when slowly cooked with cardamom and turmeric. Chickpeas with Winter Squash, Lemongrass & Coconut Milk –slightly ad... Read more »

Why Not? Add a Spoonful . . .

...cups cooked chickpeas (or other beans of your choice) 2 – 2 ½ cups chickpea cooking liquid ½ – 1 teaspoon Harissa (depending on what spice level you like and your brand of Harissa) About 4 cups washed mustard greens, cut into ribbons 1 clove garlic, minced (optional) Olive oil Crumbled feta for serving Salt and Pepper Heat the chickpeas and their liquid in a saucepan.... Read more »

Fresh Herbs: A Case for the “Living” Pantry

When you think of pantry basics, rice, pasta, eggs, spices, oil, vinegar and so on come to mind. How about herbs, fresh, leafy herbs? You might be thinking “Really, herbs?! On the contrary. They can be expensive and half of them rot before I use them!”   In order to make them part of your pantry you have to use them and use them without a recipe telling you to, because most recipes don’t or do so in such ti... Read more »

Why I Like Vegetables

...some veggie broth. Then I pureed the whole thing, added it to a small batch of cream sauce and baked it with pasta and a bit of cheese for a very-veggie-heavy “mac-n-cheese”. He devoured two bowls full with a grin on his face and asked me to be sure and save some for him for after school today and not send ALL of it to work with Daddy! Why did I feel so compelled to do this? I love vegetables...... Read more »

Fava Beans

...peel each individual bean. The skin should be tender and the beans perfectly seasoned. Toss beans with the remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Enjoy as a side dish or on crusty bread or tossed with cold pasta for a hearty salad.   Fava beans cooked this way (and without the dressing) are delicious with pasta and a bit of parmesan, with boiled potatoes and parsley. I’ve added them... Read more »

Sauces, Dressings, Vinaigrettes

...a soup garnish, sandwich spread, w/ eggs, etc.   Fresh Sorrel & Cilantro Sauce: Delicious with fish, eggs, grilled meat, roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes   Romesco Sauce: This Spanish sauce of toasted bred, tomatoes, peppers, garlic and vinegar is delicious with potatoes, fish, meat, egg.   Pumpkin Seed & Parsley/Cilantro Pesto: as sandwich spread, crostini topping, diluted with pasta cooking water to ... Read more »

Nettles

Nettles are prolific in cooler climates in late winter/early spring in western North America. They grow in wooded areas, open meadows and along road sides. Most of them sting but are rendered completely harmless after a quick visit to a pot of boiling water. Do be careful when handling them raw. Use a gloves or a dish towel to harvest, rinse and blanch them.   Nettles are tender and delicious. They make a wonderful pesto, are a great a... Read more »

The Beauty of Winter Veggies

...Radicchio, Chickpea, and Chopped Egg Salad   Yesterday for lunch (and for my husband’s lunch he took to work), I tossed some of this beautiful radicchio with chopped hard-boiled egg, capers, chickpeas (that I had previously cooked and frozen for just such meals) and a lively dressing of garlic, Dijon, olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper. It was robust, fresh and absolutely delicious. Hap... Read more »

Baked Apples

...renditions of this. The below recipe was loosely inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s in Around my French Table, however, I simplified it significantly. Enjoy! I’m also having fun testing soups these days in preparation for Fall Soup Class which still has a few spots. So far I think there will be a pureed chickpea soup with cumin and lemon; a leek soup; a potato chowder and a soup with different kinds of beans and greens!... Read more »

Tasting (Spoons)

...last. And I’ve been doing exactly the opposite, like with this salad that I made last week in my typical, bean-loving cook-with-what-you-have approach. Chickpea salad with tomatoes, basil, sweet onion, hard-cooked egg and a vinaigrette So I keep pondering the tools and tricks of cooking (at home) and teaching those things. Tasting is key as is having good, fresh produce. . . beyond that, salt generously, try to enjoy the... Read more »

Creative Salads

...Roasted Celery Root, Carrots and Herbs Beet, Cilantro and Avocado Salad Celery and Chickpea Salad Celery Root, Carrot & Celery Slaw/Remoulade Chicken, Arugula and Mustard Greens Salad Cook-with-what-you-have Salad w/ Creamy Miso Dressing Cook-with-what-you-have Salad w/ Greens & Beans Cucumber, Melon and Sweet Onion Salad with Dill Cucumber Salad w/ Peanuts & Sesame Fennel, Orange & Scallion Salad Herb & Ri... Read more »

Using Prepared Pantry Items in Everyday Meals

...  Broccoli, Potato, Celery & Cilantro Salad w/ Aioli Dressing (aioli) Caldo Verde (Cabbage/Kale & Potato Soup w/ Chorizo) (veggie bouillon, sausage in freezer) Celery & Chickpea Salad (cooked chickpeas) Chard, Leek, White Bean & Cilantro Soup (over garlicky toast w/ an egg on top) (cooked beans, veggie bouillon) Chicken Noodle Soup (chicken stock) Cook-with-what-you-have Fried Rice (cooked... Read more »

Fritters, Patties, Latkes & Savory Pancakes

...and because it makes a mess and because I think they great just pan-fried in a bit of oil.   If your batter isn’t holding together well when you’re frying the patties, a little more flour and/or an (additional) egg, usually does the trick.   Asparagus Feta Fritters w/ Garlic Aioli Beet & Chickpea Fritters w/ Mint Black Radish Pancakes Broccoli Fritters Broccoli and Bulgur Patties Cabbage Pancakes (Oko... Read more »

What to do with that half-bunch of Cilantro?

...I make with lime juice instead of lemon and serve with roasted sweet potato wedges. Herbs add flavor, color and nutrients to any dish and are an inexpensive way to round out a dish. I can imagine this sauce topping a chickpea or lentil dal, or some grilled fish (or in fish tacos), or with other roasted vegetables. It is the kind of thing that makes cooking with what you have on hand feel like a coup. I love it....... Read more »

Peanut Noodles (and Kimchi)

…a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta in a colander, reserving half a cup of the cooking liquid, and rinse with cold water until cooled. Toss with sesame oil and place in a large serving bowl. Add carrots, pepper, scallion and herbs to the noodles and toss. Pour about half of the sauce over the noodles and toss with a couple of spoons or a pair of tongs, adding more sauce as needed to coat the noodles….

Quick Dishes

…Fried Rice & CSA Fried-Rice w/ Bacon Frittatas: Fresh Herb, Summer Squash & Herb; Mustard Greens; Sweet Pepper & Potato; Green Garlic, Fava Greens & Feta Green Beans w/ Mint & Feta Korean-inspired Ground Beef & Asparagus One-pot Tomato and Sausage Pasta with Greens Parsnip & Parsley Hash w/ Egg and Lemon Pasta Carbonara w/ Snap or Snow Peas Pasta w/ Kale and Hot Pepper Quick Broccoli Orzo Quick-Cooked Collards w/ Citrus & Raisins Quick Green Curry w/ Broccoli Quick…

Winter Squash, Chickpeas, Lemongrass & Coconut Milk

…for the past year and this may have been the best one yet! Happy Cooking! P.S. There are sill spots available in the Winter/Spring Cooking Class at Luscher Farm on March 16th. We’d love to have you! Chickpeas, squash, lemon grass and coconut milk–a pretty winning combination when slowly cooked with cardamom and turmeric. Chickpeas with Winter Squash, Lemongrass & Coconut Milk –slightly adapted from Tender by Nigel Slater If you don’t have whole cardamom pods you can use 1/4…

Why Not? Add a Spoonful . . .

…cups cooked chickpeas (or other beans of your choice) 2 – 2 ½ cups chickpea cooking liquid ½ – 1 teaspoon Harissa (depending on what spice level you like and your brand of Harissa) About 4 cups washed mustard greens, cut into ribbons 1 clove garlic, minced (optional) Olive oil Crumbled feta for serving Salt and Pepper Heat the chickpeas and their liquid in a saucepan. Sauté the mustard greens with the garlic in a bit of olive oil until…

Fresh Herbs: A Case for the “Living” Pantry

When you think of pantry basics, rice, pasta, eggs, spices, oil, vinegar and so on come to mind. How about herbs, fresh, leafy herbs? You might be thinking “Really, herbs?! On the contrary. They can be expensive and half of them rot before I use them!”   In order to make them part of your pantry you have to use them and use them without a recipe telling you to, because most recipes don’t or do so in such tiny…

Why I Like Vegetables

…some veggie broth. Then I pureed the whole thing, added it to a small batch of cream sauce and baked it with pasta and a bit of cheese for a very-veggie-heavy “mac-n-cheese”. He devoured two bowls full with a grin on his face and asked me to be sure and save some for him for after school today and not send ALL of it to work with Daddy! Why did I feel so compelled to do this? I love vegetables…

Fava Beans

…peel each individual bean. The skin should be tender and the beans perfectly seasoned. Toss beans with the remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Enjoy as a side dish or on crusty bread or tossed with cold pasta for a hearty salad.   Fava beans cooked this way (and without the dressing) are delicious with pasta and a bit of parmesan, with boiled potatoes and parsley. I’ve added them to Israeli couscous with some mint and grated, hard cheese….

Sauces, Dressings, Vinaigrettes

…a soup garnish, sandwich spread, w/ eggs, etc.   Fresh Sorrel & Cilantro Sauce: Delicious with fish, eggs, grilled meat, roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes   Romesco Sauce: This Spanish sauce of toasted bred, tomatoes, peppers, garlic and vinegar is delicious with potatoes, fish, meat, egg.   Pumpkin Seed & Parsley/Cilantro Pesto: as sandwich spread, crostini topping, diluted with pasta cooking water to dress pasta, mixed with mayo as a dip, etc.   Creamy Miso Dressing: Salads of all kinds,…

The Beauty of Winter Veggies

…Radicchio, Chickpea, and Chopped Egg Salad   Yesterday for lunch (and for my husband’s lunch he took to work), I tossed some of this beautiful radicchio with chopped hard-boiled egg, capers, chickpeas (that I had previously cooked and frozen for just such meals) and a lively dressing of garlic, Dijon, olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper. It was robust, fresh and absolutely delicious. Happy Cooking and Eating! Katherine P.S. My February classes are starting to fill so…

Baked Apples

…renditions of this. The below recipe was loosely inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s in Around my French Table, however, I simplified it significantly. Enjoy! I’m also having fun testing soups these days in preparation for Fall Soup Class which still has a few spots. So far I think there will be a pureed chickpea soup with cumin and lemon; a leek soup; a potato chowder and a soup with different kinds of beans and greens! Breakfast of baked apples topped with…

Tasting (Spoons)

…last. And I’ve been doing exactly the opposite, like with this salad that I made last week in my typical, bean-loving cook-with-what-you-have approach. Chickpea salad with tomatoes, basil, sweet onion, hard-cooked egg and a vinaigrette So I keep pondering the tools and tricks of cooking (at home) and teaching those things. Tasting is key as is having good, fresh produce. . . beyond that, salt generously, try to enjoy the process and the result and keep doing it. And if…

Creative Salads

…Roasted Celery Root, Carrots and Herbs Beet, Cilantro and Avocado Salad Celery and Chickpea Salad Celery Root, Carrot & Celery Slaw/Remoulade Chicken, Arugula and Mustard Greens Salad Cook-with-what-you-have Salad w/ Creamy Miso Dressing Cook-with-what-you-have Salad w/ Greens & Beans Cucumber, Melon and Sweet Onion Salad with Dill Cucumber Salad w/ Peanuts & Sesame Fennel, Orange & Scallion Salad Herb & Rice Noodle Salad w/ Vietnamese Style Dressing Kale Salad w/Chickpeas, Tahini Dressing & Toasted Breadcrumbs Lemony Carrot Salad w/ Toasted…

Using Prepared Pantry Items in Everyday Meals

…  Broccoli, Potato, Celery & Cilantro Salad w/ Aioli Dressing (aioli) Caldo Verde (Cabbage/Kale & Potato Soup w/ Chorizo) (veggie bouillon, sausage in freezer) Celery & Chickpea Salad (cooked chickpeas) Chard, Leek, White Bean & Cilantro Soup (over garlicky toast w/ an egg on top) (cooked beans, veggie bouillon) Chicken Noodle Soup (chicken stock) Cook-with-what-you-have Fried Rice (cooked rice) Green Curry w/ Broccoli Kale & Potatoes Baked w/ Tomatoes & Bacon (roasted tomatoes, bacon in freezer) Minestrone (cooked beans, roasted…

Fritters, Patties, Latkes & Savory Pancakes

…and because it makes a mess and because I think they great just pan-fried in a bit of oil.   If your batter isn’t holding together well when you’re frying the patties, a little more flour and/or an (additional) egg, usually does the trick.   Asparagus Feta Fritters w/ Garlic Aioli Beet & Chickpea Fritters w/ Mint Black Radish Pancakes Broccoli Fritters Broccoli and Bulgur Patties Cabbage Pancakes (Okonomiyaki) Chard Patties Corn and Zucchini Fritters Curried Kohlrabi Fritters Fried Rice…

What to do with that half-bunch of Cilantro?

…I make with lime juice instead of lemon and serve with roasted sweet potato wedges. Herbs add flavor, color and nutrients to any dish and are an inexpensive way to round out a dish. I can imagine this sauce topping a chickpea or lentil dal, or some grilled fish (or in fish tacos), or with other roasted vegetables. It is the kind of thing that makes cooking with what you have on hand feel like a coup. I love it….