Is it a pizza, or a flatbread? It has mozzarella and basil. I think it qualifies. Plus that’s a pizza cutter, right? OK, it’s a pizza.
This combines two things that are fun and Middle Eastern/North African:
za’atar and preserved lemon. Don’t know what those are? Click the links.
Yalla, let’s make some pizza.
Click to listen: Sherine – “Ana Fel Gharam” Sherine is fun and Egyptian.
Autumn, Bread, Brunch, Spring, Vegetarian, Winter
Autumn, Bread, Brunch, Cheese, Flatbread, Lemon, Middle Eastern, mozzarella, North African, Preserved lemon, Sherine, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter, za'atar
I recently had a version of this salad at a restaurant in my neighborhood. My response was, naturally, to say “Pshhh, I can make that.” So here it is, minus one of the key ingredients: prosciutto.
Since my life is full of various pork-avoiders, I made this version without it.
♫ Suggested listening: a funk band called Lettuce? ♫
Click to listen: Lettuce – “Sam Huff’s Flying Raging Machine”
Autumn, Gluten-free, Salad, Vegetarian, Winter
Autumn, Cheese, Cherry, Fruit, Gluten free, Gorgonzola, Lettuce, Salad, Vegetarian, Walnut, Winter
Hey kids! It’s time for another crostini. Again. Why? Doesn’t matter. This is my blog. I’m the boss.
♫ Suggested listening: melting pot ♫
Click to listen: Booker T. & the M.G.’s – “Melting Pot”
Autumn, Bread, Brunch, Holidays, Vegetarian, Winter
Appetizers, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Bread, Camembert, Cheese, Christmas, Cranberry, Crostini, Entertaining, Fruit, Holidays, Nuts, Pistachio, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian
So you may be detecting a theme. There’s a variety of cheeses, pears and nuts and making the rounds. Got a problem with that?
Right. That’s what I thought.
Anyway, I made these for my birthday party recently. Yes, I cooked for my own birthday party. Whatever,
I do what I want.
Click to listen: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 – “The Birthday Party”
Autumn, Bread, Brunch, Holidays, Vegetarian, Winter
Appetizer, Autumn, Cheese, Crostini, Entertaining, Fruit, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, Honey, Nuts, Pear, Ricotta, Vegetarian, Walnut, Winter
I made these delicious animals for a New Year’s Day lunch/dinner, where we were all a bit worse for wear. One of our friends even napped through the middle of it, then got up and came back out and recommenced eating. Not a bad strategy at all.
Our resolutions? Most expressed a desire to never be hung over again (ha!), and some resolved to eat more cheese. I can get behind that.
Get on into 2015 and whatever is next for you. While listening to golden age hip hop. Obviously.
♫ Suggested listening: what’s next? ♫
Click to listen: Leaders Of The New School – “What’s Next”
Autumn, Brunch, Dessert, Gluten-free, Holidays, Vegetarian, Winter
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This is a super easy and visually appealing way to use the season’s gorgeous root vegetables.
I used beets (red and golden), sweet potatoes, and parsnips, with some fresh rosemary. Diced them, roasted them in the oven. Done. That’s it.
As for those beet greens?
Don’t you dare throw them away. There are a lot of things you can do with them and they are SO good for you.
Click to listen: Beastie Boys: “Root Down”
Autumn, Gluten-free, Paleo, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Autumn, Beastie Boys, Gluten free, Paleo, parsnip, Rosemary, Salad, Sweet potato, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
This is the most beautiful salad I’ve ever made. I made it for the first time today for brunch.
Our menu this time around:
Autumn salad with squash, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds and pecans
Pear, gorgonzola and honey flatbread
Spinach and gruyère strata Apple-filled crepes
I don’t even want to say anything more about it. I just want you to know how to make it. Here’s some music to get you started…
♫ Suggested listening: Green Garden ♫
Click to listen: Laura Mvula – “Green Garden”
Autumn, Brunch, Gluten-free, Paleo, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
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Salted sweet things — they are everywhere. And with good reason: it’s delicious.
Why pink salt in particular? It’s what I had around. Sea salt will do nicely, too, of course.
I made these for my team at the office. You DEFINITELY want me as a coworker, in case you hadn’t heard.
Let’s get to it!
Click to listen: Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – “Express Yourself”
Autumn, Brunch, Dessert, Spring, Vegetarian, Winter
Autumn, Brownies, Brunch, Chocolate, Coffee, Cookies, Desserts, Espresso, Himalayan Salt, Pink Salt, Salt, Sea Salt, Spring, Winter
Alright, fine. I will now concede that summer is over and it’s time to turn our attention to sweet potatoes and the pumpkin EVERYTHING that is taking over the universe. Here are some sweet potato muffins. Great for people who are doing some sort of wheat-free diet or are allergic to everything, like myself.
Here is one with a bite taken out of it. By me.
These muffins are extremely easy to make. I make them all the time. If you can have butter, be careful, because if you put any butter on these after they come out of the oven, you will eat every single one of them. Here’s how to make em.
♫ Suggested listening: something sweet. ♫
Click to listen: Van Morrison – “Sweet Thing”
Autumn, Bread, Brunch, Dessert, Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegetarian, Winter
Autumn, Coconut, Coconut flour, Gluten free, Muffins, Paleo, Sweet potato, Vegetarian, Winter
This is part two of the July dinner party menu:
I guess I need to work on my plating/photography, but I think you get the idea. This is a pretty salad, even if I am just taking photos with my iPhone.
♫ Suggested listening: something blackalicious. ♫
Click to listen: Blackalicious – “Make You Feel That Way”
Brunch, Gluten-free, Salad, Summer, Vegetarian
Blackalicious, Blackberry, Cheese, Fruit, Gluten free, Goat cheese, Lemon, Rice, Salad, Summer, Vegetarian, Wild rice