With the start of a new year, I thought it would only be fitting to start it off right with a couple of new recipes.
On Sunday, I flipped through Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking book to find a hearty soup recipe.
What I found was a recipe for Chunky Lentil Soup with a description that was impossible to ignore. “As we need more warmth and sustenance in our food, this earthy textured pot of lentils, squash, and tomatoes is a straightforward and unassuming way to fit the bill.”
Warmth and sustenance. I’m sold.
As I flipped through the book, another lentil-containing recipe caught my eye: Beluga lentil crostini with chevre-chive spread.
First of all, I’m a huge goat cheese fan. Secondly, I hate wasting food so I figured If I could use lentils in two recipes for one meal that would be an eco-friendly gesture on my…
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Tradition! Tra-dit-ion. Tra-dit-ion!
If any of you are musical theater geeks like myself, you might be singing along with me to the opening number of the classic Fiddler on the Roof. Otherwise, you might be thinking this girl has gone off her Christmas rocker. Whenever I think of tradition, I can’t help but flash back to a younger version of myself dressed as a Russian village person circa 1900 and singing ‘tra-dit-ion!’
Flash forward to the holiday season 2010. My family has a long-lived tradition of making cookies around Christmas time. My grandmother started the tra-dit-ion back in the day by making the following mouth-watering festive cookies:
Classic cut-outs (need I say more)
Peanut butter blossoms (peanut butter sugar cookies with a hershey’s kiss in the middle)
3. Pineapple turnovers (cream cheese dough makes for a pastry like cookie filled with pineapple preserves topped with frosting glaze)
4. Mexican wedding…
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The other week at work, my coworkers were on a Mexican kick. No, I don’t mean they were wearing sombreros or shaking maracas around the clinic. I’m talking food people. Good ol’ Mexican food like quesadillas and fajitas. I was surrounded by the smells of cumin, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Tortillas, beans, and veggies on my mind.
I obviously had no other choice but to succumb to my cravings and take a little trip to Trader Joe’s to get the essentials: black beans, red and green peppers, onion, cheese, whole wheat tortillas, salsa, and a mix of spices that TJ conveniently combined to create a taco seasoning mix.
I sauteed the onions and peppers with a bit of EVOO and garlic and added a little of the taco seasoning (chili powder, paprika, cumin, pepper, sea salt) to the veggies. Once the onion and peppers were tender, I added the…
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