Category Archives: Sides

Sesame Oil French Bread (with a bread maker)

Sorry, another bread recipe. Dough made in the bread machine, the rest in the oven. This is so delicious! Here’s what you need: 1.5 cups room temperature water 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon white sugar 1.5 teaspoons salt 3 … Continue reading

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Banana Sandwich Bread – In the Bread Maker/Machine

Recently, I thought making bread would be fun. The first recipe I tried, a no-knead focaccia, turned out great. The second, a maple buttermilk loaf, was a heavy, gummy mess that went straight from the oven to the trash can. … Continue reading

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Spanakopita Pie (with or without lamb)

Thanks to Costco, I had 2.5 pounds of spinach, and two 16-ounce blocks of feta in my fridge. And all I could think was SPANAKOPITA. But really, who has the time to layer phyllo dough? Instead, I came up with … Continue reading

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Cheesy Leek Rice

Recipe adapted from Taste. Here’s what you need: 3-4 large leeks 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/4 cup paella rice, or, risotto rice (aka Arborio) 1/2 cup white wine 4 cups broth or stock 1/4 cup chopped … Continue reading

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The Best Pesto

When I saw basil at Trader Joe’s, I grabbed two packages knowing I could make some pesto. I found this recipe on Food52, and agree, it is the best pesto recipe. Here’s what you need: 10 tablespoons good olive oil, … Continue reading

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Roasted Miso Eggplant (aka Dengaku)

I bought three eggplants last week, and everytime I looked at them, I thought about this amazing roasted eggplant with a thick, miso sauce I ate with my uncle at least 20 years ago. I slightly altered the miso sauce … Continue reading

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Apple Cake that is sweet yet spicy, zesty yet bland, tart yet un-tart

Last Rosh Hashanah, Simon’s NY cousins sent him this great chapter book called “Once Upon An Apple Cake: A Rosh Hashanah Story.” It’s about a 10-year old girl trying to figure out the secret ingredient in her Zadie’s famous Rosh … Continue reading

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Jap Chae

If you’ve ever eaten Korean food, you’ve probably enjoyed the delicious side of glass noodles, slippery and sesame-flavored, studded with sautéed veggies. It’s one of my favorites, and after I bought the “Lucky Peach Presents: 101 Easy Asian Recipes” cookbook, … Continue reading

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Corn, Onion & Cheddar Chowder

Everyone raves about Ina Garten’s soup recipes, so I decided to make her corn and cheddar chowder. But, as I’ve found with many of her recipes, the ingredients are a bit fat and starch heavy, so I used her basic … Continue reading

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Caramelized Cabbage

This recipe is great, because other than the cabbage, it uses ingredients that should be mostly available in your pantry or fridge. Patrick and I ate this mixed with rice and sour cream, and it was a delicious bowl. Feel … Continue reading

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