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Not Israeli-Israeli Couscous and a FRESH Ragu

I’ve made a lot of couscous in my time, and eaten a lot too, but ironically the only kind I don’t like is “Israeli” Couscous, and by that I mean the kind with the huge chewy pearls that remind me of a cross between tapioca and millet…not really a plan.  Then again, as I see [...]

Edible Stuff

So I’ve got the flu…or its nasty older brother.  I’ve barely been mobile for the last week, although I feel better in the evenings then I do during the day, so I’ve been attempting to go out and get things done then…which is probably part of why I feel so dead when I get up [...]

Fatoosh Salad and Veggie Ragu

Apparently in Lebanon, what I know as Israeli salad, is called Fatoosh.  The only real difference as far as I can tell, is that there’s Sumac in the dressing instead of zataar.  I used both in this, because frankly, when it comes to the spice of life, it’s the more the merrier. I used a [...]

Pasta Cici, Brussels and Onions…and oh yeah, FRIED PICKLES

I had a good friend over for dinner the other night, and he made his specialty, Pasta Cici.  Or as I refer to it, pasta with chickpeas and fennel.  It’s only fennel seeds, but when you get a bite of the stuff, you certainly know it’s there.  Not that that’s a bad thing…I love fennel, [...]

What’s been coming out of my Kitchen

What with the holidays approaching and all sorts of other stresses I just haven’t had time to post.  I have been cooking, but what happens is that I make things, forget about them, and once I finally upload the pictures, I vaguely remember the flavors, but have no clue what actually went into them.  So [...]

Seitan Lo Mein

Since I don’t use msg in my cooking (although I had a roommate at one point who did…she left a shaker of the stuff out on the counter at all times) the Chinese food I made never tastes exactly like takeout, but it gets pretty darn close.  I’ve done lo mein before (it’s a favorite [...]

Spinach Pesto Pasta

If there was a gameshow where you had to speed-cook, I’d win.  And I’d make this, because I’ve got it down.  This meal came together in exactly 15 minutes from start to finish, and unlike on food network, I didn’t have any water pre-boiled or pots pre-heated.  Contrary to the picture (no time to white [...]

Spaghetti and “Meatballs”

There’s just nothing like spaghetti and meatballs…there are other things which are good….but none of them are spaghetti and meatballs, and that’s just what we had for dinner the other night.  Normally I go with balls made completely from scratch (take that as you may) but this time around I went with a shortcut in [...]

Sausage, Pepper and Onion Pasta

Sausage, peppers and onions is pretty much a match made in heaven, and it was just what I wanted the other night for dinner…I simple wasn’t feeling the bun.  So what to do?  Why replace one carb with another of course, and sausage with onions and peppers over pasta it was.  While I often make [...]

Italian Feast Lasagna

To a lot of people, lasagna means layers of meat between sauce and cheese.  To me, it’s never meant that, even long before I was a veggie, I was always kosher, and so meat and cheese doesn’t fly.  Since I use no meat and very little cheese these days, I figured it was high time [...]