Golden Vegetable Tikka Masala with Brown and Black Rice

A spicy, saucy 30-minute curry dish using my homemade Masala Paste.  The black rice adds a nice visual contrast to the golden curry but also adds variety and extra nutritional value.  Time flies. Even in the midst of a pandemic quarantine.  August is fast-approaching, and what have I done with my summer?  Where has July … Read more

Homemade Masala Paste

Call it quarantine mentality, but lately, I have been into making pastes and flavor-enhancers and storing them in the fridge or freezer and then having the luxury of quick meal prep when I lose track of time and need to get dinner done fast.  So you can look forward to some future posts of things … Read more

Creamy Hummus with Preserved Lemon

Have you ever made your own hummus?  If not, I want to encourage you to try this one!  Even without the preserved lemon (you can make your own preserved lemon, too… see my post HERE) it is still a keeper and pretty easy, especially if you use canned chickpeas. Hummus Made Simple Hummus is a … Read more

Indian-spiced White Bean and Lentil Soup

March is here, and spring is in the air!   I’ve been spending some time out in my yard, planting and prepping for spring. So far, I put in a tomato plant, serrano, jalapeno chilies and added marjoram to my still healthy oregano and thyme. Basil will be coming soon, as will another tomato plant, habanero … Read more

Eggplant, Tempeh and Root Vegetables with Harissa Glaze

Cooking Season has Arrived!!  Well, here in southern Arizona… ALMOST arrived!  Still, the evenings and mornings are getting a bit cooler (or is it my imagination?) and the kids are back to school.  Fall vegetables are just starting to show up in the markets, but yet, there are still some summer favorites hanging around (I’m … Read more

Caprese Salads – Two Ways

Ahhh summer is in full force!  I just returned from almost 3 weeks in different parts of Italy where they were having a record hot summer!  Just what someone from Tucson, Arizona needs on vacation!  But other than that, it was a great trip (I will be posting some photos on Instagram) and I once … Read more

Salsas and Guacamole!

Here in Tucson, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) in true Mexican style, even though the holiday seems to be an American creation!  There are parties and restaurants have specials and basically, it is an excuse for indulging in Margaritas and Mexican food and all the fun, festive things that brings.  Bright … Read more

Stuffed Turkey Breast with Wine Gravy

Ahhh, Easter!  For those that celebrate it, it tends to have all those feeling of re-birth and rejuvenation and is a highly religious holiday that celebrates not only the resurrection of Jesus, but the re-birthing of the land and all its flora and fauna.  We eat eggs and spring greens and ham and peas.  Maybe … Read more