Chocolate Orange-Cardamom Cookies

When it comes to desserts, I’m not much of a cookie baker. I’m usually the cake maker, but I thought it’s about time I share a cookie recipe on the blog. So, I made cookies for you today. Flecked with orange zest and studded with crunchy pecans, these semi-crispy cookies are fragrant, full of cocoa… Read More

Kale Crêpes with Roasted Squash and Za’atar

La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marks the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, the month of February starts with the celebration of Candlemas. It occurs on February 2nd, which is 40 days after Christmas. Many French families celebrate by preparing and eating crêpes on this day and all through the Mardi Gras season.… Read More

Injera (Ethiopian Flatbread)

In my recent post that began my mini series on Ethiopian cuisine, I featured berbere (the post is now updated with a recipe for berbere), an essential Ethiopian blend of spices that explodes with complex flavor. Another integral—and perhaps the most important—food item in Ethiopian cuisine is injera, a spongy sourdough flatbread that serves not only as a kind of bread, but… Read More

Frijoles Negros Cubanos (Cuban Black Beans)

Once upon a time there was a family of mice. There was Mamá Ratón, Papá Ratón, and Brother and Sister Ratón. Mamá was smart and had a beautiful voice. She often sang as she walked. Papá liked to think he was strong. He had big muscles (so he thought) and often flexed them to show off. One day, they went on a… Read More

Mung Bean Soup

I love one-pot cooking. I’ve embraced it as my go-to technique for those times when I just have no time. When I cook, I’m anything but neat. My husband says when the kitchen looks as if a typhoon has passed through, he knows I’m happy, working on some culinary adventure and something delicious is likely to… Read More

Raw Pumpkin Tart

Pumpkins are often the star of all the hard-shelled squashes. From pumpkin spiced lattes to pumpkin soup to pumpkin bread, recipes for pumpkin abound. And with good reason, pumpkins are not only delicious, but also nutrient dense. Did you know they could be eaten raw? Interestingly, raw pumpkin has a hearty, rich flavor that makes it a… Read More