Category Archives: Savory Main Dishes

Parmesan Tomato Tart

tomato tart

In the summer, as tomato season reaches its peak, my kitchen frequently overflows with perfectly ripe specimins. They are mostly red, with a few oranges, yellows, purples and stripes thrown in for variety. Many are heirloom varieties, all are organic, and each and every one is absolutely delicious. There are lots of things you can do with a kitchen full of tomatoes. Gazpacho , bruschetta ... Read More »

Beef and Cheese Empanadas

cheesy empanadas

In Ecuador, I had quite a few empanadas. The small filled pastries used all kinds of crusts, from flour-based pie crust type doughs to tender cornmeal and/or masa-based doughs, as well as ones that contained a mixture of those ingredients. The baked empanadas were consistently good, while the fried empanadas were either perfectly crispy or disappointingly soggy and greasy. Fillings varied from cheese to meat ... Read More »

Dave’s Turkey Chili

dave's chili

It’s great to have friends that are good cooks. Not only do they appreciate your efforts in the kitchen when you cook for them, but they are a great source of new recipes. My friend Dave gave me his excellent turkey chili recipe, which is popular with his firefighting buddies (he’s a firefighter, too), as well as with anyone else who has it. This chili ... Read More »

Ecuadorian Ceviche

Cevicheis said to have originated in the area around Ecuador and Peru in South America centuries ago, and perhaps because of its long history, it seems as though every country in Latin or South America has their own (relatively standard) ceviche recipe. And for the most part, this is true. Cooks in different countries use different kinds of fish, spices and even fruit juices to ... Read More »

Pumpkin and Red Bean Curry

pumpkin curry and naan

Every once in a while, believe it or not, I end up making something that (a) doesn’t require an oven and (b) isn’t a breakfast/dessert item. I certainly wouldn’t mind if everything I cooked fell into one of those two categories, but there are so many other foods out there worth eating that it is a shame to pass on them. Besides, most of them ... Read More »

Huevos Rancheros

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┬áIt looks like Cinco de Mayo (as well as the 133rd Kentucky Derby!) is e upon us, so I thought that something with a little bit of south-of-the-border flare seemed to be an appropriate gesture towards the holiday. I could have made an intense Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake, but I opted for Huevos Rancheros instead. The name huevos rancheros means “ranch-style eggs” and the dish ... Read More »

How to make a great hamburger

How to make a great hamburger

When I’ve written about making hamburger buns (and hot dog buns)in the past, I generally left out any sort of instructions for making the filling. Basic hamburgers are made with ground beef, which is seasoned and grilled over a relatively high heat, leaving a juicy inside and a patty with very slightly crisp edges. The timing for grilling hamburgers varies so widely that I won’t ... Read More »

Making a “Magic Loaf”: Vegan Meatloaf

I really like Jennifer’s site Vegan Lunch Box, which hopefully you have all seen before via the link in my sidebar. Jennifer blogs what she packs for her son’s lunch everyday, dealing with the changing and occasionally idiosyncratic tastes of kids as well as the fact that they’re vegan and the other kids at school aren’t. To make sure her little “schmoo” isn’t left out, ... Read More »

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