Month: May 2010

  • Kale & Pistachios

    Kale & Pistachios

    Here’s another super simple side dish that fits somewhere between a salad and a sautéed vegetable. It tastes great and offers a pleasant crisp and crunch to the plate. Be careful with the salt! I used a generous amount sea salt the first time making this and the resulting dish was entirely too salty. Taste a…

  • Julienned Carrots & Zucchini with Pasta

    Julienned Carrots & Zucchini with Pasta

    This twist on fettuccine primavera has vegetables and pasta put together so naturally it’s bliss. The carrot, zucchini and pasta get together for a culinary ménage à trois that takes about as long to make as a plate of pasta and marinara. If you don’t have a julienne slicer, this might take a bit of time to…

  • Coarsely Mashed Carrot and Rutabaga

    Coarsely Mashed Carrot and Rutabaga

    Some of the best recipes are ones that only need one or two non-stock standard ingredients. This easy side dish brings a fresh aroma to the plate, plus it’s a great sub for mashed potatoes. This recipe can be prepared as a puree instead of a mash, but you’ll lose the distinct fragrances of carrot…

  • Sicilian Greens and Chickpeas

    Sicilian Greens and Chickpeas

    This Italian inspired meal puts the spotlight on Italian greens. Sicilian Greens and Chickpeas is an absolute favorite – it’s warm, satisfying and the combination of flavors is surprisingly perfect (oh, it’s nutritious, too!).

  • Authentic Guacamole

    Authentic Guacamole

    I ran across this diamond in the rough years ago on an Hispanic newsgroup. People were raving, so I translated it, prepped it and ay dios mio! This fresh treat rarely makes its way to the refrigerator, but keep in mind that avocado doesn’t last much longer than a couple days after it has been…

  • Sautéed Radicchio

    Lately, we’ve been trying to find new or rarely used vegetables pick up at the market. This last trip, the vegetable of choice was radicchio, which looks suspiciously like a miniature red cabbage. Instead of using it to simply garnish a salad, here’s a great way to prepare sautéed radicchio wedges. This piece of produce…