Rhubarb Balsamic Trio

Rhubarb is one of my favorite ingredients. In a lot of American recipes, its tart-sour acidity is treated as something to hide, usually with a lot of sugar. The inspiration for this trio of recipes was my desire to find a way to use rhubarb without using a lot of sugar, and taking advantage of … Continue reading Rhubarb Balsamic Trio

Ethiopian-Seasoned Chickpea Vegetable Soup

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 see what they … Continue reading Ethiopian-Seasoned Chickpea Vegetable Soup

Pantry/Freezer Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

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 peppers 1 x … Continue 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-holiday … Continue 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 from … Continue 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's … Continue reading Pantry/Freezer Tomato Soup

Pantry/Freezer Chicken Noodle Casserole

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 all purpose flour 2 1/2 … Continue 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 hearty … Continue 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's … Continue reading Pantry/Freezer Chicken Noodle Soup