Smoked Salmon and Lox Aren’t the Same

Smoked salmon, lox, Nova—they’re all the same, right? Nope. These various categories of cured fish have about as much in common as bread and pasta or salad and pickles. Translation? They can be made with the same raw ingredient, but once manipulated, they’re totally different foods.  As someone who grew up on lox (I literally […]

How to Sauté Onions

onions, sautéed in a pan

Sautéing onions concentrates their natural sugars so they take on a glorious sweetness as the onions soften. Cook them longer, and they eventually caramelize into a golden brown. When you know how to sauté onions to bring out that natural sweetness, you’ll start adding them to your cooking much more often. Sautéing onions simply means cooking […]

Sicilian Orange Bread

sliced orange cake

Everything goes in the mixer, oranges with the peel included and the dessert is practically done. Orange bread is a super simple recipe perfect for breakfast, picnics or an afternoon snack. Its texture is soft and fluffy, and its aroma intense and citrusy; it’s orange bread. A traditional Sicilian dessert which is prepared during winter […]

What’s the Difference: Shallots vs. Onions

Slicing onions with a knife

You’re in the produce aisle, staring at an overwhelming spread of veggies, trying to decide between a white onion, a purple onion and a yellow onion, when that familiar feeling of grocery store panic starts to creep in. Wait, what about shallots? you think. What about them! While all alliums—onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, leeks, ramps, chives and their friends—are […]

Spanakopita

This spinach-and-cheese pie is encased in super thin phyllo pastry, for an extra crispy exterior that is a wonderful contrast to the melty filling. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 large onions, chopped 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach – thawed, drained and squeezed dry 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour […]

Lamb and Rice Stuffed Grape Leaves

These lamb and rice stuffed grape leaves (dolmas) take some time and effort to put together, so maybe make a double batch. In restaurants these are usually meatless, but I love the lamb in these. No matter what you use, how much rice you use will affect how much liquid you need. Ingredients 1/2 pound […]