Creamy Spicy Chickpeas

This is a fast, tasty, inexpensive, vegan, gluten-free, nutritious, make-ahead main dish that’s straight from the pantry for the most part.  It’s one of those dishes that I almost always have ingredients for.  But I make it mostly because it tastes so good. I happen to have some lovely cilantro that’s gone to seed in…

Summer Squash with Goat Cheese

I got the most beautiful little yellow crookneck summer squash in my CSA box last week.  I also got some basil, and happened to have goat cheese in my fridge and fabulous olive oil in my pantry.  This salad was the result. I’ve made this fast, tasty, mellow salad for several years.  Feel free to…

Chicken Cabbage Salad

Here’s a simple dinner salad that’s perfect for hot days.  It’s simple, light, tasty, and good for the body. Chicken Cabbage Salad 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces 2 TB vegetable oil 1 small head green cabbage, shredded 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 carrots, shredded 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar I…

Snickerdoodles

The Snickerdoodle is a humble cookie, possessing a homey magic all its own.  These cookies are soft, crinkly, sweet, and fragrant with cinnamon. Snickerdoodles are leavened with a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate).  This combo provides fast rising at the beginning of baking, resulting in Snickerdoodle’s characteristic crinkles. Snickerdoodles 2…

What is it? Olive Oil

Oh. Yes.  I love olive oil.  And I’m all fired up about it after reading “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.”  Again, this is a super basic food to spotlight, but a very important one in my kitchen.  Knowing a bit about cooking oils is a good idea.  We use different…