Saag with Collard Greens, Kale and Spinach – Recipe

Saag with Collards and Kale (Indian style long-cooked greens)

It is a depressing fact that 99% of Indian restaurants in America serve the same darn 10 items. Which is a crying shame because there must be 10,000 other terrific dishes that you’ll only get to try if you make them yourself (or have an Indian friend that wants to hook you up with the …

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Kala Chana (Black Chickpea Curry) – A Guest Post from Amee of Rabbit Food Rocks

Kala Chana (Curried Black Chickpeas)

When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I’d ask mom what’s for dinner, and she would reply “rotli, daal, bhath, shaak” (which translates to the mundane Indian weeknight meal of “flatbread, lentil soup, rice, and side vegetable”). Sounds interesting or exotic to others, but this is actually quite dreadful to the Indian-American kid. …

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Kasha Pilaf with Dates, Pistachios and Baharat – Recipe

Kasha Pilaf with Baharat, Dates and Pistachios

I originally made this pilaf to stuff in cabbage rolls, inspired by this lovely post from Give Recipe. My version of the stuffed cabbage was good, but the sauce I came up with didn’t knock it out of the park for me. The pilaf, on the other hand, I just loved. I made way too …

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“So What Is Going On With Your Cookbook?” And Other Life Changing News

Kimchi Jigae Spread

In journalism, they say “don’t bury the lede”, but today I’ve got three of them:

The cookbook will hit stores on May 8th, 2012 (if you are new here and thinking “what cookbook?” look here)
You can pre-order it this very minute on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound
I’m quitting my day job

After 1.5 years of writing …

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Quick Marinated Feta with Orange, Mint and Aleppo Pepper – Recipe

Quick Marinated Feta

Here’s about as easy an appetizer as you could want for a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean meal or cocktail party spread.  We’ll just make a quick marinade of good olive oil with garlic, Aleppo pepper, orange zest and fresh mint, pour it over the top of a block of feta cheese and serve it forth …

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Persimmon, Parsley and Olive Salad – Recipe

Salad of parsley, persimmon and black olives

Persimmons are excellent right now. I was casting about for something refreshing and vaguely Spanish to serve with this rich dish of fideos, and hit on the idea of using persimmons in a salad that I usually make with blood oranges later in the winter.

The two common varieties …

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Cream of Stinging Nettle Soup – A Guest Post From Laura of Hip Pressure Cooking

Stinging nettle soup made in the pressure cooker

Introduction to Pressure Cooking

Pressure cookers considerably shorten the cooking time of just about anything – including soups!

A pressure cooker is a normal high-quality stainless steel pan with a fancy top which seals shut at the beginning of cooking and traps vapor inside allowing the pressure to build and internal temperature to rise higher than what …

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