home cooked dinners by the season

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Sicilian Style Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Sicilian Style Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Roasted cauliflower has long been one of my favorite winter vegetables. Tossed with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, roasting brings out the flavor of this somewhat bland vegetable with the caramelization that occurs when it turns a…

Weeknight-Fast Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

Weeknight-Fast Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

In my perfect world, all my weeknight dinners would be one-pan friendly and as few ingredients as possible. What’s not to love about having all the components of a complete dinner in one pan, as well as the least preparation possible. You don’t even need…

Crispy Lentil Cakes with Lemony Yogurt

Crispy Lentil Cakes with Lemony Yogurt

Whew, my (and your) search for the best plant-based cake (burger) is over! You may never have given lentil cakes a thought until now, but I am pretty sure these will become part of your routine once you try them. Maybe you are a solid…

Fresh Basil and Pistachio Pasta – revisited

Fresh Basil and Pistachio Pasta – revisited

  Without a doubt, now is the best time to be cooking with fresh basil. Whether from your own garden or a farmer’s market, it is infinitely more flavorful than the packages available year round in the grocery store. This is one of my favorite…

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh spring rolls are actually way easier to make than you might think. Armed with a few fresh ingredients – quite possible already in your refrigerator – the rice wrappers and the 5 ingredients needed for the peanut sauce you are ready to go. My…

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Some things are just more beautiful on the inside, like celery root.  You may have skimmed over it in the produce section thinking what is this unattractive and obscure vegetable, and how would I use it. Also known as celery knob or celeriac, it might…

Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Cauliflower replaced kale as the darling of trendy vegetables awhile ago, but it’s still going strong at my house. What’s not to love about a healthy vegetable that is easy to cook and can be seasoned in countless ways? Admittedly though, roasting is the only…

It’s all about the Tomatoes

It’s all about the Tomatoes

Tomato season is here and for me there is no greater sense of urgency then now to enjoy their sweet full flavor and plump juicy texture. It’s truly how nature intended them to be. Technology and farming techniques have made it possible to grow and…

Indian Spiced Black Bean Soup

Indian Spiced Black Bean Soup

I consider black beans the little black dress of food. Elegant and simple, they can be dressed up depending on what you put with them. Curry powder, turmeric and cinnamon create a little exoticness in this one pot soup that makes enough to enjoy more…

Butter Lettuce Salad with Red Pears, Roast Pecans and Gorgonzola

Butter Lettuce Salad with Red Pears, Roast Pecans and Gorgonzola

I have a little story to tell about the power of a good recipe, friendship and six degrees of separation. Having been distracted these past few months with projects that have taken my creative energy away from my blog, I’d been feeling a fair amount…

Summer Kissed Watermelon Salad

Summer Kissed Watermelon Salad

I don’t remember the outcome, but the images from the watermelon eating contest between my older teenage sister and her best friend, are as clear as if it was yesterday. Not the typical something two sixteen-year old girls do, so it made an impression. Hands…

White Bean Fennel Soup

White Bean Fennel Soup

Here is a soup when you want something simple and filling and with variations to keep it interesting – pureed and with the addition of Italian chicken sausage. White beans, soaked overnight, are simmered with browned sliced fennel and onions, garlic and fresh thyme leaves…

30-Minute Fresh Tomato Mozzarella and Crushed Black Peppercorn Spaghetti

30-Minute Fresh Tomato Mozzarella and Crushed Black Peppercorn Spaghetti

The first time I grew tomatoes I knew very little about gardening. But we had a small south facing garden spot between our walkway and house begging to be planted. So we put three Early Girls in the ground. The steady sunshine and heat thrown…

Strawberry Quinoa Green Salad

Strawberry Quinoa Green Salad

Inevitably we overate, stained our clothes and there were tears. Four siblings loaded into our Mercury Marquis station wagon, driven to the u-pick strawberry farm and unleashed to fill a flat. It wasn’t long before one of my brothers became bored with the picking and the…

Roasted Asparagus Orzo

Roasted Asparagus Orzo

My Mother’s Day wishes have changed with every stage of parenting. First it was all about sleep. When our kids were babies the best gift was an uninterrupted night and waking up at whatever time I wanted. The toddler to preschool and first few years of…

Spinach Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

Spinach Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

I know it’s winter and a bowl of warm bean soup or a slow simmering chunk of meat are mostly on your mind (and they’re on mine too), but I’m still craving a good, substantial leafy salad for dinner. And something healthy to increase the…

Thanksgiving Starters

Thanksgiving Starters

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I’m straying from posting a main dish recipe just long enough to give you a cocktail and appetizer recipe to serve before the big meal. For the Old Fashioned, I went back to my recipe files from the newspaper column…

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

It baffles me that archeologists can estimate when a food originated from so long ago. I know it’s based on a multitude of things but I still have to wonder with a bit of awe and question how do they really know? Like with lentils…

Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad

Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad

Kamut is one of the grains I have been experimenting with in green salads. The inspiration came from a salad I ate at the Whale Wins – Renee Erickson’s Seattle restaurant. Pronounced “kah-moot”, kamut is an ancient grain with origins in Egypt. It’s a high…

Smashed and Roasted

Smashed and Roasted

I’m sharing my obsession with two different vegetable preparations – Crispy Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Kale Chips. I’ve hesitated to post them because in my commitment to give you a main dish recipe, I hate to take a weekly post with a side dish. The…