Spicy Eggplant Pasta Bake

spicy eggplant pasta bake

This year, I planted eggplant in our container garden for the first time. We usually have several large pots on the patio–one for herbs, one for tomatoes and one that in previous years has been occupied by bell pepper plants. However, after really pathetic pepper yields for the past two years (not even one last […]

Hummus Zoodles

Hummus Zoodles

I’ve hinted at this recipe for the past few weeks with my “What’s in the Box?” series, but it’s time to share it officially. With the bounty of zucchini and summer squash arriving in my delivery each week, hummus zoodles have become my go-to summer lunch. I love them because they requires no cooking–only spiralizing, chopping and scooping–and uses […]

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

mediterranean chickpea salad

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This recipe started as a mashup of a niçoise salad and a chickpea salad from Solo Suppers. I didn’t have all the ingredients for either recipe, so I compromised by using elements of both. I incorporated the tuna recommended from the chickpea salad for some additional protein, […]

North African Eggs

This recipe is a twist on eggs poached in tomato sauce.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  This recipe comes from Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking, an excellent cookbook I received from my mother in law for Christmas last year. I love this cookbook because although Gordon Ramsay is famous for shouting at people on TV, he knows his stuff. The recipes are straightforward and […]

Anytime Gumbo (Or, How to Eat Gumbo Whenever You Feel Like It)

Sometimes you just need a bowl of gumbo. This recipe is for those times.

When I first started this blog I was mainly cooking just for myself. As a result, many of the early recipes are designed to make just one or two servings. (I still find myself in this situation now occasionally, when Paul has an obligation in the evening which is pretty common during marching band season, […]

Mustardy Four-Bean Salad

This summery salad combines kidney, pinto, black and green beans with a mustardy vinaigrette.

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  Here’s another salad that’s perfect for summer. It works as a refreshing side dish or a main course, and while it’s completely delicious on its own with just vegetables and beans, you can also upgrade it to a grain salad. I made this salad to eat for […]

Summer Succotash

Season to taste with the basil, salt and pepper.

I love recipes that really seem to celebrate a particular season. Spring is the perfect time for light fish dishes and lemony asparagus risotto. Fall is made for soup and pumpkin-flavored everything. Winter calls for stews and roasted vegetables. And then there’s summer, overflowing with strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, sweet corn, fresh herbs, melon, squash, cucumbers, […]

Tomato Soup

We ate the soup with grilled cheese and some homemade dill pickles (the cucumbers also came from aCSA box).

This summer I signed up for a CSA delivery from a local farm called Rice Family Harvest. Every week I get a box of goodies, and every week it’s a surprise. (It doesn’t have to be a complete mystery, though–you can request specific items and purchase additional things to add to your box. I just […]