Venison Leg Roast, Portuguese Flavors with Chickpeas

Axis deer are overpopulated in Hawaii. They happen to have delicious meat that is also very dense in protein and nutrients while at the same time being mild and lean. So, it makes sense on all levels for a company like Maui Nui to realize the potential of what they have in Hawaii, humanely harvest…… Continue reading Venison Leg Roast, Portuguese Flavors with Chickpeas

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Beans and Beef with Chile and Panela

It’s the season for deeply flavored stews, braises, roasts and rich bean dishes. This one is not based on any specific recipe but like most cooking I do is more based on a flavor profile, in this case American Southwestern/Mexican. The starting point was the beef shoulder roast. I wanted it more substantial, enter the…… Continue reading Beans and Beef with Chile and Panela

Glandoulat: Red Beans and Pork with Carrots from the Southwest of France

Cool name but really this is a delicious classic combination of pork and beans made all the more refined and nuanced because it’s another recipe from Paula Wolfert’s The Cooking of Southwest France.  It’s perfect for the cool weather months and simpler to prepare than a Cassoulet or Garbure (It’s been a while since I…… Continue reading Glandoulat: Red Beans and Pork with Carrots from the Southwest of France

Oven-Roasted Cod, White Bean Relish and Cabbage

Cod is a bit tricky to cook unless one wants to batter it and deep fry it. We love the mild flavor and large tender flakes of a well cooked piece of cod. Cod has very little connective tissue and large meat “flakes”. So it tends to fall apart if you handle it too much…… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Cod, White Bean Relish and Cabbage

Hummus bil Tahini – Creamy Chickpea, Lemon and Sesame Paste Dip

Having grown up eating chickpeas (hummus in Arabic) mashed with garlic, lemon juice and the all-important sesame paste (Tahini or Tahina) on a regular basis it was really interesting seeing how this dip took off in the last 10 years or so. It’s everywhere now, on every other restaurant/pub/diner/health food restaurant’s menu. This is both…… Continue reading Hummus bil Tahini – Creamy Chickpea, Lemon and Sesame Paste Dip

Lowcountry Hoppin’ John and Cotechino

Cotechino with lentils is the classic, but in the American south eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is the tradition. So, here the Hoppin’ John stands in for the lentils and a mighty fine stand-in it is too. Making Hoppin’ John is not difficult but it does pay to have a solid recipe to…… Continue reading Lowcountry Hoppin’ John and Cotechino

Mung Beans with Burghul (Burghul M’ash)

Until my mom visited recently and made this dish I had only used mung beans in a couple of simple soups and southeast Asian desserts. I never really thought of the mung beans with their Arabic name, M’ash. The traditional Lebanese way to use it is to cook it with lots of browned onions and cut…… Continue reading Mung Beans with Burghul (Burghul M’ash)

Cotechino, Lentils, Polenta and Salsa Verde

Every year for New Year’s Day I usually have a Cotechino served with lentils on the table for dinner. I posted about this Italian sausage before here. It incorporates a good proportion of pig skin into the meat mixture and ends up with the most amazing unctuous rich texture. It’s all offset by balanced spicing…… Continue reading Cotechino, Lentils, Polenta and Salsa Verde