VDP: Quinoa with Roasted Winter Squash

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 I am not sure why it took me so long to try cooking Quinoa. I’ve had this bag of it sitting in my pantry for a couple of months now. I guess I was worried it would be tough to cook, or maybe Diana would not like it or I would…… Continue reading VDP: Quinoa with Roasted Winter Squash

VDP: Arish

Monday, October 3, 2008 Looks a lot like ricotta, but it’s not. It’s Arish or Arishah. It is a Lebanese staple and is ridiculously easy to make and versatile. I made this batch because I found myself with about a half-gallon of homemade yogurt that was starting to turn too sour. In case you are…… Continue reading VDP: Arish

VDP: Beans and Carrots with an Onion Salad

Monday, September 1, 2008 Well, Labor Day is here and, supposedly, so was Gustav the hurricane. We spent the weekend in San Antonio and ate a lot of heavy meaty foods like barbeque (chicken, brisket and sausage) and tacos (in all shapes and forms from lengua to chorizo and egg to awesome gelatinous spicy Chicharron).…… Continue reading VDP: Beans and Carrots with an Onion Salad

VDP: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Thursday, August 28, 2008 Tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. Few ingredients are better when combined. I love to make this salad with the best tomatoes I can find. I toss them with a dressing made with excellent quality olive oil (a Sicilian one in this case), very little minced garlic, salt and pepper. The key…… Continue reading VDP: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

VDP: Green Curry with Tofu with Rice Noodles

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Thai curry paste preparation is typically a bit complex. The number of items that go into the past can be huge, anything from dried shrimp to Kefir lime leaves to coriander roots. This one is a fairly simple one I improvised to make a quick weekday dinner. To make it faster…… Continue reading VDP: Green Curry with Tofu with Rice Noodles

VDP: Basil Gnocchi with Eggplant Sauce

Thursday, August 13, 2008 Potato gnocchi can be lumpy, doughy, stodgy and heavy or they can be as they should be, soft fluffy pillows of goodness. I’ve made both types and learned from my mistakes. They key is to use cooked potatoes that are as dry as possible, to use as little flour as possible…… Continue reading VDP: Basil Gnocchi with Eggplant Sauce

VDP: Penne with Cauliflower and Pesto-Ricotta Sauce

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 Having a bounty of basil in the backyard gives me more of an excuse to eat pesto. I love the stuff on almost anything. Here as a pasta sauce for cauliflower. I was hoping to make some fresh pasta for this dish, but on a Tuesday in a busy week, I…… Continue reading VDP: Penne with Cauliflower and Pesto-Ricotta Sauce

VDP: Stuffed Eggplant

Friday, August 1, 2008 This is one of those dishes that sounded much better that it turned out. It was not bad, per se, just ok. I envisioned a light but very flavorful dish of stuffed eggplant. I’ve had similar versions that included ground beef or sausage and it was delicious. This was a bit…… Continue reading VDP: Stuffed Eggplant