Category From The Earth – Vegetables

Maureen’s Eggplant with Lamb, Tomato, and Pine Nuts

I have been checking my Amazon pre-order status for months in great anticipation of Maureen Abood’s new book, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. And then yesterday, it finally arrived! I feel like a new mother…so excited, so proud and so wanting to share the news with the world!  You would think I actually gave birth […]

Shari’s Seinfeld Soup

Vegan.  Just the word makes me lose my appetite. I think bland, dull, fibrous and flavorless. But vegan has been infiltrating my world since 2012 so it is time to adjust. This infiltration of dietary restrictions was brought to my attention by a friend from book club who wrote an email to the group stating […]

Libra Lentil Salad

I realized last October that I have a bevy of Libra friends. From late September until late October, it is a birthday bonanza and I only celebrate about half of them. I mean really…as hard as I try, I can only fit so many parties into one month. This year, I decided to honor a […]

Julia’s Scalloped Potatoes

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal last month that got my blood boiling. I’ve tried to let it go but it keeps coming back to my mind so I have decided to speak that mind. The author was spouting off about Julia Child’s complicated recipes and his dinners with her, specifically one dinner, when […]

Paleo Carrot Banana Muffins

Some recipes just work. Maybe it’s because you are comfortable with the ingredients, or the results satisfy your taste buds in some kind of a primal way that is rarely achieved, or maybe you were in a good mood the first time you tried it.  Whatever the reason or reasons, some recipes strike the right […]

Frances’ Summer Tomato Soup

Just when you think you have plenty of amazing and interesting friends in your life, someone comes along and knocks your socks off.  My new friend Frances would have thrown out some hilarious Southern phrase instead of saying “knocks your socks off” but I can’t remember a single one she uses, even though she has […]

Manuel’s Baked Chile Rellanos

Manuel’s restaurant resides firmly in my memory as being nothing short of genius. It was a clean, modern, hip restaurant with neon signage, concrete floors, black booths and cloth napkins in the days when Mexican restaurants were styled with red and green flags and usually adorned with the smell of refried beans and slightly rancid oil. […]