Spicy Chickpea and Sour Tomato Curry with Pasta

Spicy Chickpeas with Sour Tomato Curry

Whenever a simple, delicious dish — like this spicy chickpea curry — is placed next to me at the table, it doesn’t just make me happy; I become protective of it in a selfish, rabid dog sort of way.

A Classic Potato Gratin With No Recipe

Potato Gratin

Have you ever had a friend who knows no strangers? The kind of genuine person to whom everyone in the room gravitates — someone who doesn’t have to work at meeting new people, because somehow it is coded into their … Continue reading

Everything but the Hamburger, Special Sauce Included

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Sadly, as I sit at the bus stop watching my daughters play, I have to tell myself: summer is so last season. All summer I have been grilling vegetables for salads. Mostly zucchini and summer squash; I char it deeply … Continue reading

Grilled Bananas with Buttered Maple Sauce and English Toffee

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I quit eating bananas years ago because I would buy them and not eat them. They would sit in the fruit bowl idling away, eventually passing through the different stages of ripeness. I would watch, like a gambler calling another’s … Continue reading

Using Herbs with Abandon

Grilled Sirloin with Italian Salsa Verde

If I didn’t already have a list of reasons I need lots of herbs in my life, Italian Salsa Verde (green sauce) alone would be enough to convince me. It’s delicious on almost anything. Take my dinner tonight: salsa verde … Continue reading