Rhubarb Balsamic Reduction

This reduction is the result of some experimenting with rhubarb without using a lot of sugar. The rhubarb cooks down quickly if it’s diced finely, helping thicken the reduction and adding a rich, smooth texture. It’s slightly sweet, mostly tangy and peppery, and is wonderful as a sauce for pork or duck, or as theContinue reading “Rhubarb Balsamic Reduction”

Ethiopian-Seasoned Chickpea Vegetable Soup

serves 4 Here’s another recipe using one of Mola’s seasoning blends. While I chose the Ethiopian-Inspired Blend, it would work well with almost any of Mola’s blends. If you like things really spicy, garnish with one of Mola’s Chili Relishes. (This is an excellent time for you to jump over to Mola’s website and seeContinue reading “Ethiopian-Seasoned Chickpea Vegetable Soup”

Pantry/Freezer Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

serves 4-6 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup frozen chopped onions 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil 1 tablespoon jarred minced garlic 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 1 x 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 x 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained 8 ounces frozen pepper strips, or chopped peppersContinue reading “Pantry/Freezer Vegetarian Pasta Sauce”

Vietnamese-Inspired Shrimp and Cabbage Salad

Recently I was invited by LaFortune Jeannette Djabea, the founder and owner of MOLA Foods, to develop some recipes for a cookbook inspired by her unique and flavorful bottled spice blends. The spice blends, cookbook, and other products are available at the MOLA website. This salad is just what I’m looking for in these post-holidayContinue reading “Vietnamese-Inspired Shrimp and Cabbage Salad”

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 21: Mom’s Gingerbread

This is a perfect bake for Winter Solstice Night. This gingerbread is dark as the longest night and full of warming spices to make you think of the heat of the returning sun. It has a surprisingly light, delicate texture, even after it has completely cooled. It is very hard to only eat one piece.Continue reading “Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 21: Mom’s Gingerbread”

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 12: No-Bake Wreaths

This is another recipe from a homemaking/parenting magazine from years ago. Despite the look of them, and the “kid-stuff” list of ingredients, these crispy, sweet, cornflake and marshmallow wreaths are delightful. Rather than the sticky, chewy consistency of puffed rice marshmallow bars, the cornflakes take on a light glaze of marshmallow, and provide relief fromContinue reading “Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 12: No-Bake Wreaths”

Pantry/Freezer Tomato Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup frozen chopped onions 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 x 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, or pureed tomatoes 2 cups water, divided Heat olive oil in a large (3 quart) saucepan over medium heat, until it’sContinue reading “Pantry/Freezer Tomato Soup”

Pantry/Freezer Chicken Noodle Casserole

serves 4 hearty portions For the topping: 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup dried plain breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon salt For the casserole: 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup frozen chopped onions 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (or 1 x 15-ounce can, drained) 2 x 10-ounce cans chunk chicken, drained (12-ounce cans are fine too) 2 tablespoons allContinue reading “Pantry/Freezer Chicken Noodle Casserole”

Pantry/Freezer Chicken Pot Pie

Now that you’ve gotten comfortable with cooking Chicken Noodle Soup, guess what? You know pretty much all you need to know to cook Chicken Pot Pie! This pie reminds me of the frozen pot pies I ate in my childhood, and I love that. My version has no bottom crust, but the filling is so heartyContinue reading “Pantry/Freezer Chicken Pot Pie”

Pantry/Freezer Chicken Noodle Soup

These are some unsettling times, and comfort food is one way we are all getting through this. There are few foods more comforting than chicken noodle soup. Perhaps you are considering opening a can and eating some chicken noodle soup. You could do that, or… you could make some yourself. Make chicken noodle soup? That’sContinue reading “Pantry/Freezer Chicken Noodle Soup”