chickpea curry (chana masala) 3

chickpea curry (chana masala)
Indian food can be intimidating, because it usually includes about 1,000 ingredients, 870 of which you’ve never had in your kitchen before. But it’s also delicious and satisfying, and somehow uses some kind of black magic to take all those ridiculous amounts of spices and make them work in harmony to create new and intriguing...

potato, egg & kale skillet 4

potato, egg & kale skillet
Mostly photos today, because this is a simple recipe you can make in one pan. We had it the other night, which was one of those “too tired to cook but tired of eating leftovers” nights. This skillet fit the bill perfectly — warm, roasted flavors; nice, hearty ingredients; quick and delicious. Kale is probably...

cornbread & kale-stuffed bell peppers 3

cornbread & kale-stuffed bell peppers
As a big fan of stuffed peppers, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I came back to them as a concept. We really enjoyed making ricotta-stuffed peppers in the past, and thought that our little cornbread-stuffed jalapeños worked great as an appetizer. So last night when I was cooking dinner...

sundried tomato pesto 4

sundried tomato pesto
Over the weekend, we were visited by dear friends who brought some sun dried tomatoes I had asked for from a great produce store in their area. I have a hard time finding them cheap enough to use without a pang of “wasteful foodie” guilt, so it was quite the kitchen blessing to have a...

egg salad

egg salad
Egg salad is something Rachel and I have enjoyed for a long time, but for some reason never made. But the other day we had friends coming, and the situation called for a light lunch, and for some reason egg salad presented itself to my brain as the perfect solution. It’s easy to make, doesn’t...

baba ganoush 3

baba ganoush
Baba ganoush! What a funny-sounding name for a food, especially since I have no Mediterranean heritage to justify using such terminology. What I should really call it is “eggplant hummus” or “one more attempt to start liking eggplant at all”. Because it’s true– I don’t like eggplant very much. I’ve tried it in various forms,...

rice, cheese and chard pie 5

rice, cheese and chard pie
Growing a garden has been a great party of our quest to live more simply, and it’s also really helped us appreciate certain vegetables more. Something about nurturing something from the ground and being invested in its success makes you much more willing to look for its good side, even if you’d never given it...

amazing zucchini bread 2

amazing zucchini bread
As we press onward in the task of finding something to do with all the zucchini from our garden, zucchini bread is an obvious favorite. I’ve always loved the stuff, and this zucchini bread recipe I found at some point on Simple Bites is exactly what I look for: soft but not mushy, sweet but...