Category Archives: Almost-Vegan

Toor and Moong Dals

It’s intriguing that I am inspired to cook specific dishes by a wide variety of stimuli. One recent example is a dinner featuring Indian Dals — lentils of various kinds. The impetus came from opening the main cabinet in our … Continue reading

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Recurring Vegetable Leftovers

I have difficulty discarding perfectly good leftovers, even after having had them several times in different forms. Early in April I made two favorite French recipes for a dinner, Zucchini Tomato Gratin and Roast Provençal Tomatoes. We finished the tomatoes … Continue reading

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The Versatility of Salads

As I’ve written before, traditional salads don’t interest me much. On the other hand, there are occasions and ways in which I take full advantage of how versatile and easy to prepare salads can be. Here are three examples this … Continue reading

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Pasta alla Norma (inspired by Stanley Tucci in Sicily)

Like many lovers of Italian food, wine, and culture, I enjoyed watching Stanley Tucci’s CNN series recently, “Searching for Italy”. I have also always been a fan of Tucci’s acting and style. In the last episode he visits Sicily. In … Continue reading

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Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Chinese Dishes for Dinner

Our dinners during the third week in March were devoted to several favorite old recipes, with dishes inspired by the cuisines of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and China. The first one was a dish I developed eight years ago. Cooked in … Continue reading

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Briam and Pan-Roasted Salmon

Roasted vegetables are always a treat, and an easy meal is one of those dishes with a piece of fish. A couple of nights ago, I chose Briam (or Briami), a Greek dish of Mediterranean vegetables, along with a small … Continue reading

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Second Half of February — Cooking Delights – Part 2

Bruschetta. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you already know that making sourdough — Tartine-style Country Loaf — is a major part of my cooking pleasure. You also must be familiar with the importance of bruschette for … Continue reading

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Second Half of February — Cooking Delights – Part 1

Polpette.  This was a short month but long on good flavors and favorite meals. With my course teaching completed for the Spring Term, I had much more time to cook, and to enjoy Barbara’s creations, as well. One of her … Continue reading

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New Year and Some New Dishes

Today was a fine day for inventing a new dish for lunch and for trying out two recipes I had never attempted before, for dinner. Lunch was inspired by available elements of past, present, and future salads. Favorite tools played … Continue reading

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Linguine with Spinach, and Garlic — and Early Year Successes

January and February are busy months because I teach a course during the first six weeks. As a result I do less cooking — and as a corollary, less blogging. Barbara happily and ably leapt into the void, and she … Continue reading

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