Caramelized Fennel, Leeks and Orange

Caramelized Fennel, Leeks and Orange

This recipe won Food52's Your Best Fennel contest. In their words, "This is one of the most interesting uses of fennel we know; we see it paired with grilled proteins or as a hearty first-course salad for spring dinner parties. The coriander sugar is an inspired touch, as is the sambuca. (But if you're working in a booze-free kitchen, don't let that stop you!)

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Pepper-punch Plum Jam

Pepper-punch Plum Jam

Growing up in Louisiana, I came to love Tabasco pepper jelly. Spread over a Port Salut-topped cracker? Perfection! I also adore plum jam and wanted combine both  into a jam with the spice of the pepper jelly but the ease in making of the plum. This perfectly fits my bill. Love! 

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Yogurt-Tahini Dressing

Yogurt-Tahini Dressing

Somewhere between a sauce and a dressing, this yogurt-tahini blend is spiced with lemon, cinnamon, cumin, coriander and sumac and is absolutely wonderful. It'd make a great dressing for steamed potatoes or a dip for veggies or a sauce for roasted root veggies...

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Quinoa with Apricots and Pistachios

Quinoa with Apricots and Pistachios

A wonderfully fresh and super healthy salad full of herbs, dried fruit, nuts, quinoa and a great vinaigrette. I've never served this to anyone who didn't become an immediate fan. Recipe from a 2005 Cooking Light. It doubles/triples well.

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Kofta Burgers a la Tom

Kofta Burgers a la Tom

My husband and young sons love the kofta burgers from a local Lebanese restaurant. So, without the recipe, we started working to recreate these burgers at home. Finally we have a version that is a family (and friend) favorite. Allspice is critical so don't go without. And toasting the coriander and cumin seeds for both the sliders and aioli makes a big difference. 

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