Cauliflower Steaks with Herb Salsa Verde

What do cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and bok choy have in common? They’re all members of the cruciferous family of vegetables. Many of us are familiar with the term “cruciferous vegetables”, but did you know they’re among the healthiest things you can eat? Cruciferous vegetables belong to the mustard family of plants and… Read More

Soba Noodle Soup Bowl

The French poet Baudelaire said that if wine were to disappear from human production, there would be a void in human health and intelligence, and that would be worse than all the excesses it’s guilty of. Hmmm, would you agree? Today we explore the fourth lesson from centenarians living in the Blue Zones, unique communities that have… Read More

Black Beluga, the Caviar of Lentils

Striking in appearance, black beluga lentils are said to be the caviar of lentils. Tiny, round and black jewels, they glisten when they’re cooked and look a lot like beluga caviar, the most prized of all caviar varieties.   Unlike many lentil varieties that tend to disintegrate and become a bit mushy when cooked, beluga lentils… Read More

Paella and The Concept of Home

We shape our dwelling, and afterwards our dwellings shape us. —Winston Churchill Having lived in apartments—both here in the U.S. and abroad—most of my adult life, I used to think of home as a house I’d one day have, decorated in a rustically chic and understated sort of way. In my home, I imagined busying… Read More

Dolsot Bibimbap

Once upon a time, I lived in a bucolic city called Chuncheon (choon-chun)…. Nestled in rugged, snow-peaked mountains of South Korea, Chuncheon is about 45 miles northeast of Seoul. It’s considered Korea’s lake country and acts as a haven and perfect getaway for weary city slickers wanting to escape Seoul’s urban jungle. For me, it was a great… Read More

The Vegetable Feast

Although turkey is usually the undisputed star of the Thanksgiving table I believe vegetables deserve a moment in the spotlight too. As a vegetarian, this Thanksgiving I aspired to find ways to let vegetables—especially the rich colored ones that flourish late in the season and carry us through the cold winter months—take center stage. And,… Read More