Side Dish Recipes

Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables
Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables - April 7, 2014

Back in the late 90's Vogue Entertaining + Travel was the Australia-based magazine I splurged for any time I came across it on the news stand. Today's recipe for silky, tender olive oil-braised spring vegetables was inspired by paging through one of the cookbooks Vogue published in conjunction with the magazine.

Mung Yoga Bowl
Mung Yoga Bowl - March 31, 2014

The kind of bowl that keeps you strong - herb-packed yogurt dolloped over a hearty bowl of mung beans and quinoa, finished with toasted nuts and a simple paprika oil.

Giant Lemon Fennel Beans
Giant Lemon Fennel Beans - March 18, 2014

Baby fennel, big white beans, sliced lemon, a honey-kissed in-pan white wine sauce, all finished with a shower of chopped dill.

Shredded Egg Salad
Shredded Egg Salad - March 4, 2014

Shredded Egg Salad - made by shredding hard-boiled eggs on a box grater. It makes a light, fluffy, bright egg salad, and I must say, a nice alternative to chopped, heavily dressed versions of the classic.

Sake Mushrooms
Sake Mushrooms - February 6, 2014

Going through a stack of papers in my kitchen I found a note to myself, a recipe to try. The note simply said: big mushrooms, dunk in sake, dredge in rice flour, sauté, salt, dot with miso butter.



 
 
 
 
Pomelo Green Beans
Pomelo Green Beans - November 19, 2013

A one-pan green bean side with a walnut-garlic dressing and highlighted with pomelo segments. Transform it into an easy main with the addition of some seared tofu or a poached egg.

Roasted Squash, Chile, and Mozzarella Salad
Roasted Squash, Chile, and Mozzarella Salad - October 9, 2013

A peek at spreads from The Kinfolk Table, the new cookbook from Nathan Williams celebrating small gatherings. From it I made a Roasted Squash, Chile, & Mozzarella Salad tangled with spicy arugula.

Silverdollar Socca
Silverdollar Socca - September 23, 2013

Tiny socca-inspired pancakes made with buttermilk or keffir - golden, tender, and cooked in cold-pressed spicy mustard oil. Flat out delicious.

Avocado Salad
Avocado Salad - September 2, 2013

A few snapshots from Mexico City & an avocado salad - thinly sliced avocado arranged over simple lentils, drizzled with oregano oil, toasted hazelnuts, and chives.

Avocado Coconut Oil Tartine
Avocado Coconut Oil Tartine - July 16, 2013

This tartine sandwich is tops - a slather of pure coconut oil topped with smashed avocado, and finished with garlicky toasted macadamia nuts, squash blossoms, and slivered scallions.

Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions
Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions - July 1, 2013

A quick sauté of yellow wax beans, golden almonds and pepitas, topped with threads of tiny micro scallions.

Mung Bean Hummus
Mung Bean Hummus - June 4, 2013

To get the smoothest, creamiest hummus using chickpeas, you have to peel them. For creamy hummus, without the extra effort, I use mung beans instead. They work beautifully. Top the hummus with shallot oil, fresh chives, and za'atar.

Steaming Vegetables
Steaming Vegetables - May 14, 2013

A reminder of just how good simple, steamed vegetables can be.

Ginger Coconut Milk Soup
Ginger Coconut Milk Soup - April 30, 2013

I posted a picture of my lunch the other day, and a few of you requested specifics - it was a spring soup made with a ginger & shallot coconut milk broth, spring vegetables, served over egg noodles.

Buttermilk Asparagus Salad
Buttermilk Asparagus Salad - April 11, 2013

Simple side - asparagus tossed with a garlicky buttermilk dressing, perky radish sprouts, lots of fresh cilantro, and a handful of cooked posole.

Cold Soba Noodles
Cold Soba Noodles - March 24, 2013

Cold soba noodles with a big dollop of ginger-scallion paste for the flight to Tokyo, plus pics from Japan, and a link to a few favorite spots in Tokyo.

An Ideal Lunch Salad
An Ideal Lunch Salad - February 25, 2013

There's all sorts of good stuff in this salad - chickpeas, celery, black olives, pepitas, avocado, blanched broccoli. Full of crunch & substance, it's a salad that can stand up to a few hours in a container without collapsing.

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad - January 7, 2013

A beauty of a carrot salad - tricked out with chickpeas, chunks of dried pluots, sliced almonds, and a toasted cumin dressing. Thank you Diane Morgan.

Roasted Vegetable Orzo
Roasted Vegetable Orzo - December 8, 2012

Roasted delicata squash and kale tossed w/ orzo pasta & salted yogurt dressing & I try to answer a few questions about living with marble kitchen counter tops.

Braised Broccoli with Orange and Parmesan
Braised Broccoli with Orange and Parmesan - November 26, 2012

A simple one-pan broccoli recipe I've made no less than three times in the past ten days - Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, orange juice, and oregano.

The Greenest Salad
The Greenest Salad - November 3, 2012

A shredded green salad bulked out with blanched broccoli, avocado, pistachios, a bit of feta, and tossed with a tarragon balsamic vinaigrette & pics from a special visit to Anokhi cafe and HQ in Jaipur.

Na'ama's Fattoush
Na'ama's Fattoush - October 8, 2012

A beautiful fattoush recipe and a preview of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's new book, Jerusalem.

Fennel Mushrooms
Fennel Mushrooms - October 1, 2012

A fennel mushroom recipe inspired by one of my vintage cookbooks, The Seasonal Kitchen by Perla Meyers. It's a simple, brilliant twist on everyday sauteed mushrooms with dill, chives, fresh fennel, and a kiss of creme fraiche.

Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip
Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip - September 8, 2012

The prettiest dip in my repertoire - my take on the Iranian preparation of Mast-o-Khiar (yogurt and cucumber). I use lots of fresh herbs, dried rose petals, toasted walnuts and a pop of added color and tartness from dried cranberries.

Coconut Corn Salad
Coconut Corn Salad - August 28, 2012

Butter a skillet add corn, fresh thyme, red onions, toasted almonds and coconut, and finish with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice...

Yellow Bean Salad
Yellow Bean Salad - August 19, 2012

A summer yellow bean salad with a green chile-spiked, cilantro-flecked, and coconut milk dressing, toasted pepitas, and (if you want to make a meal of it) pan-fried tofu.

Parmesan Celery Salad
Parmesan Celery Salad - August 7, 2012

A breezy summer-spirited lunch salad made with celery, beans, and Parmesan. And a glance at my attempt at organizing some of my pictures into albums.

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Heirloom Tomato Salad - July 24, 2012

My favorite tomato salad this year - made with roasted and ripe tomatoes, capers, mozzarella, almonds, and chives.

Sunchoke and Cashew Stir-fry
Sunchoke and Cashew Stir-fry - July 12, 2012

A beautiful fried rice made with brown rice, egg, sunchokes, cashews, and basil when Grace Young came over for lunch last week.

Kale Market Salad
Kale Market Salad - June 14, 2012

There's a pizza restaurant in my neighborhood that makes amazing salads. This one, for example, had farro, kale, avocado, carrots, fennel and a creamy green garlic dressing.

Nettle Pasta
Nettle Pasta - June 5, 2012

Nettles in a pasta with feta, sesame, almonds, and onion sprouts & a few pics from the Golden Gate bridge birthday fireworks.

Sprout Salad
Sprout Salad - May 24, 2012

One of the best salads I've made in a long time (mung bean sprouts, avocado, arugula, yogurt, almonds) & a look at the QUITOKEETO packaging.

Green Rice with Smoked Paprika
Green Rice with Smoked Paprika - May 15, 2012

The green rice recipe that got away from me - lots of spring produce, finished with smoked paprika and toasted pine nuts.

Broccolini Salad
Broccolini Salad - April 5, 2012

Big bowl of green - broccolini tossed with big croutons, tons of scallion slices, mozzarella, toasted almonds, and a hit of serrano pepper.

Saag Paneer
Saag Paneer - March 27, 2012

This is how I like to cook saag paneer - chopped spinach, golden-crusted paneer cheese, assertively spices, and finished with toasted sesame seeds and fresh lemon juice.

Moroccan Mint Roasted Vegetables
Moroccan Mint Roasted Vegetables - February 22, 2012

A few snapshots from my week in Marrakesh, Morocco + the recipe for a platter of roasted vegetables spiced with dried mint, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, and a kiss of chile. So good with a dollop of salted yogurt and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Wintery Spring Rolls
Wintery Spring Rolls - February 16, 2012

The spring rolls I packed for a flight from San Francisco to Paris - ginger-onion paste, brown sugar tofu, mushrooms, and herbs.

Miso Sesame Winter Squash
Miso Sesame Winter Squash - January 24, 2012

Inspired by a recipe in Bryant Terry's new cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. Roasted winter squash (and tofu) with a miso, maple, sesame, citrus sauce.

Oregano Brussels Sprouts
Oregano Brussels Sprouts - January 3, 2012

New year, new brussels sprouts recipe. This one pan-fried and then finished with a drizzle or oregano deliciousness, and toasted almond slices.

Roasted Winter Squash Salad
Roasted Winter Squash Salad - December 1, 2011

A wintertime riff on potato salad. No potatoes though, just winter squash, a beer-based dressing, rosemary, walnuts, currants, and celery.

Broccoli-Basil Mac and Cheese
Broccoli-Basil Mac and Cheese - October 17, 2011

While in London my friend Anna Jones gave me a copy of the terrific new book she worked on - this broccoli-basil crusted mac and cheese immediately caught my attention.

Baked Quinoa Patties
Baked Quinoa Patties - October 11, 2011

A few London pics, a look at how I packed my lunch for the flight, and the baked quinoa patties I brought along with me - dill, feta, chives, cumin, and garlic.

Golden Potstickers
Golden Potstickers - October 5, 2011

Potstickers - For my flight to London, I made the filling with lots of caramelized shallots & pureed yellow split peas then pan-fried them until the bottoms were crisp and golden. They freeze like beautifully, perfect for quick dumpling-centric meals later on.

Tortilla Salad
Tortilla Salad - September 13, 2011

A tortilla salad made from all sorts of good stuff - heirloom beans, avocado, watermelon radish, and cauliflower. Electric colors, punchy dressing, fresh and filling.

Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad
Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad - August 9, 2011

An off-beat pasta salad made with stuffed pasta, seasonal vegetables, and a spice-forward, golden sesame yogurt sauce.

Summer Corn Salad
Summer Corn Salad - July 28, 2011

A crunchy, sweet no-cook summer corn salad & a few snapshots from the nearby dahlia garden in bloom right now. The salad is a breeze, has a ton of toasted pepitas & sunflower seeds, tossed with a brown sugar lemonade vinaigrette.

Corn Soup
Corn Soup - July 6, 2011

A simple corn soup topped with an electric harissa-yogurt swirl + photos from a walk around North Beach on the Fourth of July.

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad - June 28, 2011

A twist on classic macaroni salad - I toss the pasta with a creamy sauce made from sauteed green onions, then add lots of black pepper, arugula, diced apple, and lemon juice to the bowl.

Shaved Fennel Salad
Shaved Fennel Salad - June 22, 2011

This could very well be my favorite salad recipe from Super Natural Every Day - shaved fennel, arugula, zucchini coins, feta, toasted almonds.

Stuffed Shells
Stuffed Shells - June 16, 2011

A stuffed shells recipe made with lemon zest and bright tomato sauce, and a couple apartment pics.

Quinoa with Currants, Dill, and Zucchini
Quinoa with Currants, Dill, and Zucchini - May 25, 2011

Made from a quirky combination of quinoa, dill, shredded zucchini, and currants - a quinoa salad from Maria Speck's new book, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals.

Sea Salt Baked Potatoes
Sea Salt Baked Potatoes - May 19, 2011

I love this baked potato recipe, topped with well-dressed arugula - that, plus a few pics from a road trip to Marfa, Texas.

Spiced Coconut Spinach
Spiced Coconut Spinach - May 9, 2011

The perfect simple, spinach side dish - toast a few spices, add a pile of shredded spinach to the skillet, and finish things off with a burst of lemon juice and some shredded coconut.

Farro and Millet Risotto
Farro and Millet Risotto - April 27, 2011

A few behind-the-scenes shots from the Whole Living magazine photo shoot. And a simple Farro & Millet Risotto that is easily adaptable based on what is in season.

Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma
Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma - March 1, 2011

A thick, cumin and coriander-spiced root vegetable stew. It's a free-wheeling one-pot dinner that attempts to use up whatever winter vegetables I have lingering about.

Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler
Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler - February 23, 2011

A six recipe PDF sampler from my new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. It includes a few of my v. favorite recipes - Millet Muffins, Ravioli Salad, Avocado & Mustard Seeds, Black Sesame Otsu, Tinto de Verano, and a Tutti-Frutti Crumble. Enjoy!

Black Sesame Otsu
Black Sesame Otsu - February 20, 2011

The Black Sesame Otsu recipe from Super Natural Every Day - soba noodles and tofu slathered in a thinned-out, salty-sweet black sesame paste, then topped with lots of sliced green onions.

Baked Farro Risotto
Baked Farro Risotto - February 14, 2011

A baked farro risotto recipe - lemon-kissed, bright tomato sauce, lots of Parmesan, and chopped fresh oregano.

Leek Soup with Dill Oil
Leek Soup with Dill Oil - January 29, 2011

A rustic leek soup topped with an electric green drizzle of dill oil and crunchy toasted almonds.

Spicy Cauliflower with Sesame
Spicy Cauliflower with Sesame - November 10, 2010

Cauliflower tastes great like this. Imagine a skillet of caramelized onions cooked down with fragrant cumin, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and chiles. Add cauliflower and cook until tender. Vibrant, spicy, sweet earthiness, all on one plate.

Winter Pasta
Winter Pasta - November 4, 2010

I inherited a CSA box packed with greens the other night, inspiring this simple one-pot winter pasta with a sauce made from a full bunch of kale, shallots, garlic, and goat cheese.

Ottolenghi Soba Noodles with Aubergine and Mango
Ottolenghi Soba Noodles with Aubergine and Mango - October 26, 2010

Spicy brown sugar and lime-sauced soba noodles with tofu, eggplant, mango and lots of herbs. Inspired by a rare mango find, and a recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi's cookbook, Plenty.

Raw Tuscan Kale Salad
Raw Tuscan Kale Salad - October 14, 2010

A beautiful, shredded, raw kale salad tossed in a vibrant, lemony-pecorino dressing. From Melissa Clark's new cookbook, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite. The first thing I made after getting back from Rome.

Pumpkin and Feta Muffins
Pumpkin and Feta Muffins - October 8, 2010

Savory muffins packed with spinach, feta and Parmesan cheeses, black pepper, mustard, and sunflower seeds. Adapted from a recipe in a lovely little self-published Australian cookbook, Martha Goes Green.

Green Bean Slaw
Green Bean Slaw - September 27, 2010

A nut-studded, slaw-like green bean salad I made for lunch yesterday from a few things I picked up in the nearby shops and stalls here in the Testaccio neighborhood of Rome - moscato-soaked raisins, arugula, perorino cheese, croutons. Plus a few travel photos.

Dried Fava Soup with Mint and Guajillo Chiles
Dried Fava Soup with Mint and Guajillo Chiles - September 15, 2010

Easily one of the best, most interesting soups I've cooked in years. Adapted from a recipe in Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen - a dried fava bean and roasted tomato base topped with a fascinating cider-kissed tangy/sweet quick-pickled chile topping.

Quick Pickled Zucchini
Quick Pickled Zucchini - September 8, 2010

I've been making these coin-shaped zucchini pickles all summer. They're quick to make, great to have on hand, and I don't bother canning them. Delicious on crusty, goat-cheese slathered grilled bread (or just about anything cheesy or crunchy) and simple salads.

Green Curry Broth
Green Curry Broth - August 24, 2010

A beautiful, thin green curry broth, fragrant with garlic, lemongrass, and ginger. It gets heat from serrano chiles, and zings of tanginess from fresh lime juice. Cumin and coriander seeds keep things grounded, and a flurry of freshly chopped herbs make the sky open up.

Buttermilk Farro Salad
Buttermilk Farro Salad - August 12, 2010

A buttermilk farro salad inspired by one I had at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon - farro with shaved radishes, zucchini, and fennel tossed with a tangy herbed buttermilk vinaigrette.

Black-eyed Peas & Leeks
Black-eyed Peas & Leeks - August 6, 2010

From a recipe in Put A Egg On It magazine, issue #2 - Black-eyed peas with lots of caramelized leeks, melted butter, marjoram, and tarragon.

Spiced Tomato Gratin
Spiced Tomato Gratin - August 1, 2010

In a Indian spiced departure from a favorite Suzanne Goin recipe - this is a rustic, deeply flavorful summer gratin made with sliced tomatoes, potatoes, caramelized onions, curry powder, and a kick of red chile flakes.

Sautéed Zucchini
Sautéed Zucchini - July 27, 2010

Coins of zucchini are browned in a pan, but the thing that makes it special is the toasted gold slivers of garlic combined with lots of fresh dill, plus a sprinkling of almonds for a bit of crunch.

Grilled Salt & Vinegar Potatoes
Grilled Salt & Vinegar Potatoes - July 11, 2010

Salt & vinegar chip enthusiasts, these are for you. You take slabs of sliced potatoes, boil them in vinegar, then grill them to a crisp. Not for the faint of heart, or anyone with particularly sensitive taste buds ;)...

Honey Balsamic Bean Salad
Honey Balsamic Bean Salad - June 22, 2010

Inspired by a recipe in Miranda Gardiner's Teaching Dad to Cook Flapjack - a simple bean salad tossed with lots of toasted almonds, fresh thyme, and an assertive honey-balsamic dressing.

Grilled Tofu & Soba Noodles
Grilled Tofu & Soba Noodles - June 17, 2010

Soba noodles and grilled tofu tossed with a garlic-cilantro dressing. I prepped all the components for this ahead of a camping trip, but you could take the same approach for a quick, mid-week lunch if camping isn't your thing.

Farro & Herbs
Farro & Herbs - June 6, 2010

Because I can't seem to get enough farro lately- a lunch made from farro, bocconcini, a bit of homemade creme fraiche, and herbs from last weeks farmers' market. And a couple pics from Golden Gate Park.

Carrot Almond Salad
Carrot Almond Salad - April 29, 2010

This particular salad came together on a whim - slender, barely-cooked asparagus and carrots alongside lots of deeply toasted almond slices, tossed with a jalapeno-cilantro drizzle.

Tabasco & Asparagus Quinoa
Tabasco & Asparagus Quinoa - April 4, 2010

Some San Francisco photos along with a recipe for asparagus & quinoa, tossed in a bit of Tabasco butter, with toasted pine nuts and a touch of crème fraîche.

Hummus with Green Goo
Hummus with Green Goo - March 25, 2010

A light, almost billowy, hummus topped with "green goo" a flavor-packed, bright green emulsion made from olive oil, garlic, jalapeño, and parsley.

Pan-fried Corona Beans & Kale
Pan-fried Corona Beans & Kale - February 28, 2010

Love these - white beans pan-fried until they're golden, with kale, Parmesan, lemon, walnuts, and nutmeg.

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad - February 18, 2010

I used my friend Molly Watson's recipe as a jumping off point here, and ended up with a roasted squash salad of sorts. It uses the pretty, scalloped-edged cross-cuts of the delicata squash, a few small potatoes, chopped kale, radishes, Marcona almonds - and a bold miso harissa dressing.

Autumn Potato Salad
Autumn Potato Salad - November 6, 2009

A simple roasted potato salad incorporating a couple other seasonal root vegetables like parsnips and carrots. I served it on a bed of wild rice with a simple mustard vinaigrette.

Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad
Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad - October 20, 2009

Inspired by a recipe in The Complete Tassajara Cookbook, a warm winter salad made from sauteed shredded red cabbage. Feta, balsamic vinegar, and golden raisins make it sweet and salty, rich with color, texture and flavor.

Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash
Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash - September 20, 2009

Inspired by a recipe in The Vegetarian Compass written by Karen Hubert Allison, published in 1998. A roasted acorn squash is filled with corn, milk, anise seed, and chopped scallions. You then bake it until the filling sets, and finish with white cheddar cheese left under the broiler until golden and bubbly.

Cherry Tomato Couscous
Cherry Tomato Couscous - August 12, 2009

I spent the weekend at my friend Lori's Northern California cabin and she made this tasty cherry tomato couscous for us - cherry tomatoes, cucumber, chopped basil, and chickpeas tossed with couscous, olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice. Finished with a bit of feta.

Summer Squash Gratin
Summer Squash Gratin - June 11, 2009

A decadent, crunchy-topped summer squash gratin made from thinly sliced summer squash, potatoes, oregano pesto, and brown-buttered breadcrumbs- all baked at high-temperature until the squash is tender and the top is crunchy.

Giant Black Bean Salad
Giant Black Bean Salad - June 7, 2009

A twist on the ubiquitous black bean salad - giant black beans and toasted almonds are tossed with a honey-jalapeno-lime dressing and served with a bit of crumbled feta over a bed of baby arugula.

Simple Cauliflower
Simple Cauliflower - May 25, 2009

A favorite week-night cauliflower recipe. Tiny florets of pan-fried cauliflower are tossed with garlic, chives, lemon, Parmesan, and flaky sea salt.

Asparagus Salad
Asparagus Salad - May 24, 2009

Inspired by the new farmers market up the street from my house, I made this sauteed asparagus and broccolini salad. Finished with slivered radishes, a chunky lemon-pinenut dressing, and a bit of shaved Parmesan it works alongside pasta, topped with poached eggs, or, on its own.

Baked Sweet Potato Falafel
Baked Sweet Potato Falafel - May 17, 2009

Baked Sweet Potato Falafel recipe from the Leon cookbook -made from mashed sweet potatoes, chickpea flour, spices, a nice amount of garlic and plenty of chopped cilantro.

Fresh Pea Salad
Fresh Pea Salad - April 22, 2009

A pea salad jazzed up with spicy mint-date dressing and tossed with shredded romaine and toasted pumpkin seeds for crunch and texture. A tasty, off-beat, almost burner-free recipe.

Whiskey & Wheat Berry Salad
Whiskey & Wheat Berry Salad - April 12, 2009

A wheat berry salad recipe inspired by a crostini I tasted in Denver, Colorado made by chef Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja. It features whiskey-soaked golden raisins, adobo-kissed goat cheese, herbs, and toasted pine nuts are tossed with a bit of lettuce.

Walnut Miso Noodles
Walnut Miso Noodles - April 1, 2009

A hearty noodle bowl recipe - whole wheat noodles, plenty of sliced asparagus and other seasonal produce are tossed with a creamy, walnut-miso dressing.

Tokyo Five Grain
Tokyo Five Grain - March 29, 2009

A colorful grain blend inspired by a recent trip to Japan. It features equal parts brown rice, red rice, and millet, plus some quinoa and amaranth.

Japanese Pizza
Japanese Pizza - March 21, 2009

Known in some circles as Japanese pizza, this is my take on okonomiyaki. Plenty of egg-battered cabbage is pressed into a skillet and cooked until deeply golden on both sides. It is served cut into wedges and sprinkled with toasted almonds and chives.

Pan-fried Chickpea Salad
Pan-fried Chickpea Salad - March 11, 2009

A salad made by pan-frying chickpeas with leeks and a bit of garlic. The creamy dressing is made with plain yogurt and curry powder, and the salad is finished off with plenty of chopped cilantro and chopped red onion.

Almost Cheeseless Pasta Casserole
Almost Cheeseless Pasta Casserole - February 18, 2009

Trying to keep this pasta casserole recipe on the lighter side, I tossed a rustic farro pasta in yogurt that had been beaten with a bit of egg along with garlic, toasted almonds, chard, butternut squash, and olives. Baked until golden.

Brussels Sprout Salad
Brussels Sprout Salad - February 14, 2009

A shredded brussels sprout salad recipe, slaw-like in spirit, accompanied by lots of toasted hazelnuts, and shard after shard of aged cheese. The sprouts are tossed with a few glugs of olive oil and a big squeeze of fresh, fragrant lemon juice.

Cashew Curry
Cashew Curry - January 29, 2009

A simple, last-minute curry recipe - curry powder in coconut milk, deeply toasted cashew nuts, a handful of green beans, two handfuls of tiny cauliflower florets, and a bit of tofu for good measure.

Seaweed Risotto
Seaweed Risotto - January 28, 2009

A seaweed risotto recipe inspired by a trip to Chile. This version calls for dried nori seaweed, pearled barley, lots of finely chopped spinach, and a blend of cheeses.

Miso Soup
Miso Soup - January 25, 2009

A simple, everyday approach to miso soup - it yields me a bowl of soup in five or ten minutes. You can keep it simple if you like, but in this version I add soba noodles and tofu, and a few garnishes.

Giant Chipotle White Beans
Giant Chipotle White Beans - January 7, 2009

A riff on Laurence Jossel's fantastic NOPA beans - plump, creamy beans baked in a bright, chunky chipotle tomato sauce, topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, plenty of oozy queso fresco, and an emerald drizzle of cilantro pesto.

Garlicky Greens
Garlicky Greens - December 21, 2008

If you love sauteed greens, give this recipe a go. I avoid overcooking, and throw plenty of garlic into the pan. You can use kale, chard, or spinach.

Mushroom Casserole
Mushroom Casserole - November 30, 2008

A remix of the mushroom casserole I loved as a kid. Brown rice, mushrooms, garlic, onions along side a bit of cottage cheese and sour cream and Parmesan for texture and creaminess.

Nikki's Sweet Potatoes
Nikki's Sweet Potatoes - November 23, 2008

Decadent, delicious baked sweet potato recipe made from seven ingredients - sweet potatoes, ginger, coconut milk, shredded coconut, maple syrup, macadamia nuts and a bit of butter or olive oil. Shared with my by my friend Nikki.

Firecracker Cornbread
Firecracker Cornbread - November 19, 2008

A moist, tender buttermilk cornbread packed with corn kernels and flecked with red pepper flakes. Simple and delicious.

Vibrant Tasty Green Beans
Vibrant Tasty Green Beans - November 16, 2008

A favorite green bean recipe - dill, green beans, leeks, salt and olive oil. That's it - five ingredients, one skillet - tasty green beans.

Matchstick Pasta
Matchstick Pasta - November 11, 2008

A great pasta dish using just six ingredients. Whole grain linguine matchsticks and barely cooked red kale are tossed with golden pistachio dressing. Pomegranate seeds provide ruby-colored accents and little pops of sweetness.

Cornmeal Crunch
Cornmeal Crunch - November 8, 2008

This is what happens when you cook a pot of cornmeal until it is thick and creamy. Add a bit off cheese, some deeply caramelized onions, spread it in a pan, drizzle generously with olive oil and bake until the bottom and sides are deeply golden and crunchy.

Berry Beer Baked Beans
Berry Beer Baked Beans - October 23, 2008

A simple yet over-the-top flavorful baked bean recipe dedicated to my dad. Beans are immersed in a decadent swamp of berry beer, dried berries, molasses, broth, and a few other flavorful accents.

Broccoli Crunch
Broccoli Crunch - October 5, 2008

A great broccoli recipe, one of my favorites! Tiny green florets, crisp apples, crunchy shallots, candied nuts and slivered red onions are tossed in a barely sweet, creamy almond vinaigrette. Add baked tofu or pan-fried tempeh and you can easily turn this side into a main course.

Cilantro Noodle Bowl
Cilantro Noodle Bowl - August 24, 2008

This zesty, cilantro-centric soba noodle bowl features a hefty dose of the green stuff, pan-toasted tofu, and plenty of vegetables.

Curried Bean Salad
Curried Bean Salad - August 20, 2008

This bean salad recipe salad features pretty heirloom beans along with a few black lentils, splashed with a brightly-flavored ginger-curry vinaigrette.

Lime & Peanut Coleslaw
Lime & Peanut Coleslaw - July 2, 2008

This feather-light, mayo-free, coleslaw recipe uses toasted peanuts, cherry tomatoes, and lime vinaigrette and is perfect alongside fajitas, or whatever you have coming off the grill. Keep in mind - great coleslaw is rooted in great knife skills.

Spring Ragout
Spring Ragout - April 24, 2008

This spring ragout recipe delivers a stunning pan of fava beans, green peas, and asparagus finished off with a tiny touch of cream, lemon zest, and grated cheese.

Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad
Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad - March 30, 2008

A peanut noodle salad recipe featuring soba noodles punctuated with spring onions, tofu, peanuts, and asparagus. Serve it up family-style on a platter at a potluck, party, or buffet - it holds up perfectly at room temp.

Spring Wild Rice Salad
Spring Wild Rice Salad - March 24, 2008

A spring-inspired wild rice salad - vibrant asparagus, yellow split peas, and wild rice tossed in an almond butter dressing and finished off with a bit of goat cheese and chives.

Curried Egg Salad
Curried Egg Salad - February 4, 2008

A variation on my favorite egg salad recipe, this version uses plain yogurt in place of mayo and incorporates curry powder, chopped apples, toasted pecans, and minced chives.

A Twist on Guacamole
A Twist on Guacamole - January 30, 2008

A favorite guacamole recipe. Served with toasted naan bread (or chips!), I've added a couple pinches of cumin and curry powder for to incorporate a slightly unexpected flavor profile.

Vegan Caesar Salad
Vegan Caesar Salad - January 9, 2008

Vegan Caesar salad recipe from best-selling authors Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero - no eggs, no dairy. Delicious, creamy lemon-caper dressing and garlic croutons.

Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts
Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts - November 11, 2007

A quick and easy brussels sprouts recipe that will convert the biggest skeptics. Vibrant green, tender brussels sprouts that become deeply golden and crusty where they touch the pan, dusted with cheese.

A Beautiful Bulgar and Spinach Pilaf
A Beautiful Bulgar and Spinach Pilaf - June 3, 2007

A bejeweled platter of bulgur wheat,chili roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, spinach, and yogurt cheese. A perfect companion for grilled kabobs.

Moroccan Baby Carrot Salad
Moroccan Baby Carrot Salad - May 25, 2007

Carrots tossed in a honey-kissed orange dressing, punctuated by toasted pine nuts, black olives and a hint of cumin.

Baked Peas with Tarragon, Yogurt, and Pistachios
Baked Peas with Tarragon, Yogurt, and Pistachios - May 14, 2007

Creamy tarragon spiked yogurt pistachio sauce combined with sweet green peas.

Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes - March 8, 2007

My favorite mashed potato recipe - creamy mashed potatoes flecked with finely chopped greens and garlic. Adding a green like kale, and golden threads of drizzled olive oil is a great way to add color and nutritional umph to America's favorite starch-packed side dish.

Curried Noodle Patties
Curried Noodle Patties - January 24, 2007

A great way to use up leftover noodles. These savory noodle cakes make a great lunch and are easily adaptable a hundred different ways.

Black Pepper and Lime Oven Fries
Black Pepper and Lime Oven Fries - January 6, 2007

A healthy, simple and delicious alternative to deep-fried potatoes. These baked oven fries are finished with salt, pepper, a spritz of lime juice, and a dusting of Parmesan cheese.

Baked Carrot Oven Fries
Baked Carrot Oven Fries - November 20, 2006

Made from carrots, this is a healthy, simple and delicious alternative to deep-fried potatoes. These baked oven fries (made from carrots) are simply roasted with olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes - November 8, 2006

This mashed sweet potato recipe is an all-time favorite, perfect for Thanksgiving. Plump vanilla beans, cream, orange zest, and butter are combined with sweet potatoes that have been roasted in the oven. A quick whirl in the food processor produces a smooth, creamy, subtly sweet puree haunted by the delicious vanilla and citrus undertones. The consistency is that of a thick frosting.

Purple Jasmine Coconut Rice
Purple Jasmine Coconut Rice - September 26, 2006

My favorite coconut rice recipe - rich, fragrant, and just sticky enough.

Baked Polenta Fries
Baked Polenta Fries - August 13, 2006

Great party finger food. A thick slab of polenta is sliced into the shape of a french fry and baked off.

Braised Celery with Crunchy Bread Crumb Topping
Braised Celery with Crunchy Bread Crumb Topping - December 18, 2005

Molly Stevens' Braised Celery recipe - take a dish of celery segments topped with a dose of sauteed aromatics (celery hearts, shallots, and thyme), and a bit of broth. Slowly cook it all down under a roof of tinfoil until it is nice, moist, and tender - then finish it off gratin-style with crunchy bread crumbs and a bit of nutty gruyere.

Heirloom Tomato Tart in a Parmesan Crust
Heirloom Tomato Tart in a Parmesan Crust - August 5, 2005

A knock-out tomato tart recipe - it highlights the flavor and vibrancy of the tomatoes while remaining mush-free.

Corn Quiche in a Tef Crust
Corn Quiche in a Tef Crust - July 14, 2005

Rebecca Wood's perfect summertime quiche - creamy corn flavor hits your tongue first, the summer tomatoes burst next, and then you are hit with accents of slivered basil and scallions. Made in a tef flour crust.

Fresh Shelling Peas: Four Ways
Fresh Shelling Peas: Four Ways - April 25, 2005

I went to the market and came back with fresh peas - here's how I cooked them. Pea recipes, time four.

Cheesy Potato Spoon Bread
Cheesy Potato Spoon Bread - March 11, 2005

Outrageously good cheesy potato spoon bread recipe. Warm, tasty, cheesy, crusty, cayenne-kissed, oven-baked goodness. If you are a fan of comfort food - look no further.

Spinach-Mushroom Quiche
Spinach-Mushroom Quiche - March 3, 2005

This is a spinach mushroom quiche recipe that features no dairy, no eggs, and no butter. Sounds like it would lack something in the taste department, right? Wrong. It was delicious.

Bourbon Baked Sweet Potatoes
Bourbon Baked Sweet Potatoes - November 26, 2004

Otsu
Otsu - July 19, 2004

Soba noodles are tossed with a fiery ginger-sesame dressing and a generous dose of cucumbers, scallions, and pan-seared tofu - it's the sort of recipe you could serve anytime...

Fresh Garbanzo Beans - July 22, 2003

How to use fresh garbanzo beans.