Category Archives: Sides

Chana (Chick-pea) Blueberry Chaat

Chaat are sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, crunchy, Indian snacks served from food carts, roadside stalls, and restaurants. Recipes for chaat are numerous, but the basic elements are fairly consistent: a carbohydrate base, a vegetable, an umami element, a sauce, and … Continue reading

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Barbara Tropp’s Tangy Cold Noodles

My friend, Barbara Tropp, left us all too soon.¬†Barbara was a Princeton Chinese scholar studying Chinese poetry when she arrived in Taiwan in the 1970s. Her experience there transformed her into an avid taster and translator of Chinese cuisine. My … Continue reading

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Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted root vegetables are so simple to prepare. They add a deep, earthy heartiness to a meal. The vegetables above graced our Thanksgiving table. I recommend them as a satisfying side for roasted meats, such as turkey, ham, or beef. … Continue reading

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Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini and other summer squash are very prolific. Therefore, one can never have too many delicious, quick recipes for them. This one¬†is a family favorite. I’ve found that even finicky kids and hesitant adults are willing to try these tasty … Continue reading

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How to Cook an Artichoke

I have to thank my husband, David, for this entry. He’s the one who discovered this cooking method for artichokes. I came to love artichokes when I lived in Northern California. Artichokes can’t be grown just anywhere. They need a … Continue reading

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Simple Baked Winter Squash

This one is for Ronda. Nothing could be simpler than this recipe for baked winter squash. I used carnival, also called dumpling squash recently. (It’s the yellow and green squash on the upper left corner in the photo above.) I … Continue reading

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Mushroom Stuffing

My nephew, Sam, is a vegetarian. If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t have developed this recipe. As you know from my previous post, I’m a big fan of stuffing cooked inside the turkey. Of course, one can’t do that … Continue reading

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