Spiced Tofu with Fava Purée and Cracked Freekeh Pilaf

Arranged here are crisp pieces of tofu on a velvety hummus made of dried fava beans, not chickpeas. It is served alongside cracked freekeh, a nutty, roasted green wheat. Spiced Tofu with Fava Purée ½ cup olive oil 5 garlic cloves, smashed 1 ½ tablespoons coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon grated lemon… Read More

Fresh-Herb Kuku

A fresh-herb kuku such as this one is a traditional New Year’s dish in Iran. The green herbs symbolize rebirth, and the eggs symbolize fertility and happiness for the year to come. Similar to an Italian frittata or a French quiche, a kuku is a thick and fluffy baked omelet that is typically stuffed with… Read More

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done. — Anonymous For the Thanksgiving holiday I contemplated making one of several different kinds of fabulous desserts—a pumpkin cheesecake, a cranberry and walnut tart, a pecan praline pie, and a fruit galette.… Read More

Rustic Fall Polenta with Fontina and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The beauty of polenta is the ease with which a home cook can take it from everyday to special in an instant.  –- Maria Speck This beautifully colored side dish brings just enough opulence to a fall dinner. The sun-dried tomatoes help the polenta take on a lovely auburn or light orange hue. As these… 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