appetizer, CONDIMENTS, Recipes, Salad, sandwich, Side dishes, Vegetables

Sephardic Eggplant and Tomato Relish

The following tasty eggplant-tomato relish, or side dish – called “alburnia” in Ladino – comes from the Sephardic cuisine, which I’ve mentioned here quite a few times. Continue reading “Sephardic Eggplant and Tomato Relish”

appetizer, Bakes, Brunch, Cheese, Eggs, Muffins, Recipes, Snack, Vegetables

Corn and Cheese Mini Bakes

With fresh corn season about to end, I chose the next best thing, frozen corn, to make the following tasty mini bakes. Continue reading “Corn and Cheese Mini Bakes”

appetizer, Brunch, Eggs, Entree, Recipes, Side dishes, Vegetables

Radish and Beet Greens Frittata

Too often, we find at the store beets or radishes, with their fresh greens cut off. This is a real shame, as the greens are highly nutritious and flavorful. Continue reading “Radish and Beet Greens Frittata”

Entree, lamb, Recipes, Stew, Vegetables

Lamb Stew with Eggplant, Tomato and Parsley

The following dish was prepared due to the strange weather we had lately. After a few hot days, the weather turned chilly again, and I’ve decided it can be a good time to use the lamb shoulder chops I had in the freezer. I also had some nice eggplants and tomatoes, and decided to let these shine with simple rustic preparation, and just a few more added ingredients to the basic mix. Continue reading “Lamb Stew with Eggplant, Tomato and Parsley”

CONDIMENTS, Meat, Recipes, turkey, Vegetables

Turkey Patties with Mushrooms, Parsley and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Although I rarely use store ground meat, I’ve had good experience with a local farm product of ground dark turkey meat, and decided to use it once more. This time again, I wanted to add some bold flavors to the somewhat bland meat, and at the same time, add more interesting texture to the patties. Continue reading “Turkey Patties with Mushrooms, Parsley and Sun Dried Tomatoes”

Brunch, fruit, Recipes, Soups, Vegetables

Tomato-Pepper Soup with Clementine and Celery

Despite the fact we recently had a few warm days; the weather has changed to a bit colder again, so a warm soup came to mind. However, since it’s really not that cold, I’ve decided to skip the heavier wintry soups, and make a lighter vegetables based soup. Continue reading “Tomato-Pepper Soup with Clementine and Celery”

Chicken, Entree, Recipes, Vegetables

Pan Fried Chicken Breast with Maple and Mustard

When looking for a quick lunch, I usually opt to use chicken breast, as it cooks quickly, and absorbs flavors beautifully. Keeping some vacuum packed chicken breast in the fridge, or freezer, makes it very easy to use them in different ways anytime. Continue reading “Pan Fried Chicken Breast with Maple and Mustard”

appetizer, Brunch, Recipes, Salad, Vegetables

High Protein Israeli Couscous Salad with Asparagus and Cherry tomatoes

Israeli couscous is actually a type of toasted pasta, and can be used in different ways, besides the most obvious one, which is to serve it as a starchy side dish. In the following recipe, I’ve used it as a base for a high protein colorful salad. The protein in the salad comes from the mix of tofu, chickpeas and Lupini beans. This combination of legumes and grain is highly nutritious, yet fairly light, compared to other proteins. Continue reading “High Protein Israeli Couscous Salad with Asparagus and Cherry tomatoes”

Beef, Entree, Meat, Recipes, Stew, Vegetables

Beef Stew with Okra and Herbs

As a fan of fresh okra dishes, I’m always delighted when they are in season again, and immediately start to use them in different dishes.  One of my most favorites is the Sephardic dish of braised okra (click HERE for recipe), which I make often. This time, I’ve decided to prepare a version of it, with the addition of beef and fresh herbs.

Continue reading “Beef Stew with Okra and Herbs”

Beef, Entree, Meat, Recipes, Vegetables

Beef Stew with Red Beans and Tomato Sauce


On a cold day, sometimes all that is needed is a straight-forward simple comfort food, without too much elaboration. The following stew is exactly that. Continue reading “Beef Stew with Red Beans and Tomato Sauce”

Entree, Fish, Recipes, Seafood, Vegetables

Pan Fried Haddock Fillets with Caramelized Mini Peppers

When I found a package of frozen wild caught haddock fillets at the store, I liked the fact that they were individually packed, and decided to buy it, not exactly having any special type of preparation in mind.
Haddock is a member of the cod family, and has a fairly firm texture and mild sweetish flavor. It can prepared in different ways, with the most popular is dipped in batter and deep fried. I wasn’t into that, and so decided to simply pan fry it with olive oil and butter. Continue reading “Pan Fried Haddock Fillets with Caramelized Mini Peppers”