The star of this recipe is harissa, a spicy condiment with roots in Africa. It’s mainly composed of hot red pepper, cumin, garlic and caraway, but there are variations. You can buy it in a jar at the grocery store and use just a bit to flavor many dishes.
Do you smell the sweet fruit wafting through the produce aisles? It’s strawberry season in Florida!
These are tea cakes, really just muffins that are a little bit dainty. They are the result of wanting a treat that was not totally desserty but had chocolate in it. Oh, and used the gorgeous strawberries I had just bought. Oh, and contained some almond flour, because I have a lot of it leftover from Christmas cookie baking.
In recent years, it has busted out of its shell and gained popularity as an alternative to other foods.
There’s the rice alternative, in which cauliflower is grated on a large box grater or broken down in a food processor into small, ricelike pieces, then cooked until soft. There’s the mashed potato alternative, when cauliflower is cooked and pureed with things like milk and cheese. And there’s even the steak alternative, where you cut the cauliflower into thick slabs and roast it in the oven or in a skillet with plenty of olive oil and salt and pepper until it’s soft.
There is healthy food I know I’m supposed to eat, that I often let linger in my fridge until it goes bad. And then there is healthy food I want to eat, dishes that aren’t totally stripped of flavor but instead packed with goodies like whole veggies, protein and flavor boosters like scallions.
I don’t usually like to admit when a meal is inspired by what I feed my dog, but, here we go: This week’s recipe is brought to you by leftover canned pumpkin, which my husband and I put in our puppy’s food bowl as a treat for Thanksgiving. (Too much?) Since then, I have made this perfectly spiced curry countless times.
I’ve written about curry, the Indian dish that refers to a specific combination of spices and is usually served in sauce form over rice and other things as a quick way to get something flavorful on the table. I usually start with curry powder and coconut milk, and the rest of the additions vary here and there. Pumpkin may be my favorite of all.
It is the week between Christmas and New Year’s, a nebulous time during which no one really knows what day it is or who they even are anymore after all those Christmas cookies. Baked goods are still allowed for breakfast, stretchy clothes a must right now.
And it is time to turn our Christmas leftovers into the most comforting, cheesy meal we can.
My family pitched in to cook a big ham dinner on Christmas Eve this year, but there was more than half of the roast leftover. I had some leftover bread from French toast on the counter, too, and a jar of apricot jam just waiting to be opened and slathered atop this ham.
I am making this for dinner tonight for me and my husband, with a healthy helping of kettle chips and a mandarin orange for nutritional purposes. Diet starts Monday, right?
A flatbread made with a sheet of frozen puff pastry is a simple way to pull off something impressive for your guests this holiday season. And this flavor combination has always been one of my favorites: pear and walnut, dotted with some goat cheese.
Every so often, I invent or read about or discover a food thing that I then become obsessed with. This week, friends, that thing is simple syrup.
Simple syrup is a fancy term for sugar water, and it’s typically used to flavor cocktails or other drinks like soda and coffee.
My simple syrup kick started around Thanksgiving, when I had a bunch of sage in my fridge that needed to get used up. I decided to steep it in a standard simple syrup mixture, which is typically 1 part water to 1 part sugar.
My grandma on my dad’s side was known for a couple Christmas cookies, and this was one of them — “wreath cookies,” as we called them. It’s one of my dad’s favorites, so we made it in our house growing up, too. I vividly remember eating the soft, pale green sweets out of an old cookie tin my grandma always seemed to have on hand this time of year.