Ava Frescas con Anjinaras or Fava Beans with Artichokes

Last week while I was doing my early Wednesday morning walk through the famed Santa Monica Farmers Market, I spotted something new for sale.  On several vendors’ tables, there were mounds of large, verdant green, puffy, yet crooked beans.  In a word fresh fava beans had arrived for early spring.  I have a memory in my head of a prized dish Continue reading

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Weekday Lentil Soup

Lentils are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet used as part of a complete protein in vegetarian diets or used as a low calorie, vitamin and fibre rich part of any diet.  There are many different colors of lentils,  with different cooking times and textures.  Lentils are a staple in the Middle and Near East and India, while cooked in some European countries also.  They can be paired Continue reading

Lasagna per Cousin Paula

Once in a while, a big baking dish of lasagna, smelling of cheese and tomatoes, crispy edges of lasagna noodles sticking up in the corners, Continue reading

Rice, Beans and Kuftes, Thursday Night Dinner

 

If you speak with anyone from the Sephardic community in Seattle, Washington, you will find that virtually everyone, me included, ate avicas con arroz or beans and rice on Thursday nights for dinner.  Usually this dinner also included Continue reading

Chanukah Potato Latkes

Yesterday, as I contemplated the fact that I volunteered to make potato latkes for 17 people Continue reading