Un-stuffed Cabbage

Cabbage rolls are one of my old school comfort foods. Seasoned rice and hamburger rolled up into cabbage leaves and simmered in a tomato sauce, delicious. As an added bonus it is an extremely economical meal. You can feed a family of 4-6 people for under $10.

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I find it interesting how food trends seem to move in circles over decades, centuries or even millennia. As I write this in 2019 plant based diets are on the rise, and whole grains are once again in the spotlight (unless you are following one of the low carb/keto dietary guides). Eggs and butter have gone from good, to bad to good again all in … Continue reading Tabbouleh

Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stacey loves these and orders them any time we are at a Mediterranean or Lebanese restaurant. I wanted to make these at home so I poured over many, many recipes. The variations are endless. Some feature rice and vegetables only, but many include meat. For the meat options some recipes use ground beef (I don’t feel that is particularly authentic, but it is much more … Continue reading Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

3 Ingredient Beer Bread

Sometimes you want fresh bread but you just don’t want to wait on all that kneading and rising and then kneading and rising again. Sure, you could just buy a loaf of bread, but where is the fun in that? You could buy one of those canned or frozen quick loaves, but who knows what all is in there. The solution? Quick bread.

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Cuban Style Garbanzos and Sausage

Every time I’m in Miami I am reminded of my love of Cuban food. It isn’t fancy or spicy, but the flavors are savory and complex considering the simple ingredients. I’ve shared my guayaba y queso pastelitos recipe (delicious guava and cheese pastries) that can be found in many Miami cafes and ventanitas (walk up coffee windows).

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage wasn’t something I ate growing up. We were middle class Lutherans from Ohio – we had meatloaf and pork chops and such. When I went off into the world I discovered corned beef in the deli and in delicious Reuben sandwiches (where I also acquired a taste for sauerkraut). It always seemed like one of those complicated foods that would be … Continue reading Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Falafel – Street Food of the Levant

There are as many recipes for Falafel as there are ways to eat it. If you are unfamiliar with this Middle Eastern delicacy, think of it as hummus meets hush puppy. The base is usually fava beans or chickpeas (garbonzo beans) or a combination of both. Where I live fava beans are hard to come by, so I use a chickpea only version similar to … Continue reading Falafel – Street Food of the Levant