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Balsamic Roasted Peppers

I had some colorful peppers that were beginning to wrinkle and look less-than-fresh. So not one to waste anything, I decided to roast them with some added flavors and have on hand as a snack, side dish, or a delicious sandwich addition. I perused some other recipes online and decided on a combination of olive … Continue reading

Baba Ghanoush

We first made baba ghanoush a few weeks ago for a Mediterranean-themed dinner my friend was hosting, and we were amazed how simple it was to make.  The next time I went grocery shopping, I stocked up on eggplants as I knew we’d be making this deliciously creamy dip again. We originally followed this recipe … Continue reading

Homemade Pesto with Penne Pasta

The basil in our Aerogarden has been growing wildly lately and needed to be, umm, harvested. To maximize its usage, I decided to make pesto because it would use the most basil and make something we haven’t tried in a while. I combined regular and lemon basil since both needed to be used up and … Continue reading

Potato and Oil Purée

I rarely eat mashed potatoes outside of Thanksgiving time, and even then I usually opt for Candied Yams over traditional mashed potatoes.  When I decided to make Thomas Keller’s Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon, he suggested serving it with a side of mashed potatoes.  However, his  Purée of Garlic Potatoes recipe required a lot of … Continue reading

Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs

As is the case on most workday afternoons, I was perusing the internet to scour for dinner ideas last week. I wanted chicken or fish, on the healthy side, and i would prefer to use some seasonal ingredients. Pomegranate is my seasonal obsession this year. I’ve been adding it to salads, eating it as a … Continue reading

Tahini Yogurt

I have had tahini in hummus before and in other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, but I’ve never wondered what tahini actually is. Well, it is a paste of ground sesame seeds. You can make it at home by roasting the seeds, grinding them up in a blender with oil and salt. But I was … Continue reading

Pomegranate Relish

This is a colorful, zesty relish and a perfect accompaniment to Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs Pomegranate Relish (courtesy of epicurious) Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups pomegranate seeds 2/3 cup shelled unsalted natural pistachios, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Directions: Mix all ingredients … Continue reading

Garlic Soy Chicken Wings

In honor of the BCS Championship (I was rooting for Oregon, if anyone cares), I decided to make some chicken wings to accompany beer and legitimize the game watching. I researched various recipes, trying to minimize the unhealthiness of the dish. I came across this one, which was essentially just baking with spices, and decided … Continue reading