Imam Bayildi

Imam bayildi is a baked Turkish dish – though often seen on menus throughout Greece – consisting of eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, herbs and olive oil. Serve as a vegetarian main dish or as a side dish with chicken, beef or seafood. Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 45 minutesTotal Time: 55 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil […]

HARICOTS VERTS/ French Green Beans – A simple recipe

French string beans - Haricots Verts

FRENCH GREEN BEANS VS. REGULAR GREEN BEANS I hope we’re all familiar with traditional green beans, with are long, thin, and often sold by the pound or in prepackaged bags simply labeled, “green beans”, at the grocery store. French green beans (also called Haricots Verts) are slightly longer and skinnier than regular green beans and […]

The Secret Ingredient to Greek Lemon Potatoes

Greek lemon potatoes

Dave finally confessed that it was a guarded secret that took him 20 years to wrangle out of his Greek friend, a former restauranteur. “It’s mustard,” he said. “Not fancy mustard. Just plain old yellow mustard.” YIELD: Serves 6 to 8PREP TIME: 10 minutesCOOK TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes INGREDIENTS […]

Garlic Roasted Carrots

Garlic roasted carrots

Cook Time: 25 minYield: 4 to 6 servings As with most winter vegetables, roasting carrots will sweeten and intensify their flavor as moisture escapes and they shrink. Any carrots will do for this dish, but I prefer large storage carrots. Coated first with olive oil, they will caramelize beautifully, along with the whole garlic cloves you also […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lemon Roasted Potatoes with Kalamata Olives

Lemon Roasted Potatoes

PREP TIME: 20 minutesCOOK TIME: 1 hourSERVES: 4 as a side  Ingredients 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into thick wedges 1/2 cup water (plus more, if needed) 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 minced garlic cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 lemon, juiced and zested 1/2 cup kalamata olives (about 25–30), pitted 1/2 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional) Directions […]

Cabbage Salad with Miso-Ginger Dressing

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

PREP TIME: 10 minutesCOOK TIME: 10 minutesSERVES: 4 Ingredients 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger 1 small garlic clove, grated 2 tablespoons miso paste 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 tablespoons water 3 cups finely shredded cabbage (about ¾ pound cabbage) 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into very thin matchsticks 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds, toasted Directions In a small bowl, whisk […]