The Zen of Cooking

Walk as if you’re kissing the Earth with your feet. —Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Last month I read an article, The Zen of Cooking, in Eating Well magazine that resonated with me. The author, an overworked public interest lawyer, wrote about her experience at a five-day cooking and meditation retreat at a Zen Center in California. At first she… Read More

Celebrating Simple Gifts

Thanksgiving dinner and other meals over the holiday weekend provide an opportunity for people to connect with one another by participating in centuries-old communal tradition: giving thanks together over a joyous meal. Thanksgiving is a beloved American holiday. It’s a celebration of foods, flavors, and customs that often evoke happy memories of good times enjoyed… Read More

Za’atar and Pomegranate Roasted Tofu

While browsing the web to find an interesting recipe for fresh pomegranates, I came across an inspiration for this sweet, sour and tangy dish. Since I had recently written about za’atar, my favorite Middle Eastern spice, I thought this recipe would be a great follow-up as it includes another traditional Middle Eastern ingredient, pomegranate molasses. Both… Read More

Petit Appétit: Purées

Purées Below, I’ve listed purées that I enjoyed making for my little one when he started eating solids. Although he eats foods with more texture now, I still make and feed him quite a few purées. Partly because he still only has four little teeth and also, besides using them as first stage baby foods,… Read More

Kamut Salad with Carrots and Pomegranate

A vibrant mix of colors and an interesting blend of textures, this Moroccan-inspired salad can easily steal the show on any holiday table. I love the inclusion of Kamut, an ancient grain, in this colorful salad. The mix of colors—orange, red, bronze and brown—makes it a perfect side dish for this time of year. Stunningly… Read More

What’s a Kohlrabi?

At a recent trip to my local farmers market, I came across kohlrabi. To be honest, I had no idea what it was nor did I have the slightest idea of what to do with it. This sputnik-shaped vegetable intrigued me. I asked the farmers for advice and immediately bought a few to begin experimenting at… Read More