Tag Archives: Lemon

Cauliflower-Feta Fritters with Cumin Yogurt and Pomegranate

Cauliflower-Feta Fritters with Cumin Yogurt and PomegranateMy poor husband.  I don’t say this lightly, because I truly enjoy reminding him what a lucky man he is… most of the time.  But when it comes to this, I admit it’s not easy being my significant other.

See… he’s not allowed to “not like” foods.  I mean, technically, he is… but I don’t take it well.  I feel the need to take up that banner of that food and convince him that he really does enjoy said food, if only he had it prepared the right way, or in the right circumstances, or from the right source.  It starts innocently enough.  He says, “You know, I’ve never been a big <insert food/ingredient here> fan.  I just don’t like it.”  Me: “WHAT?!?!

Cauliflower-Feta Fritters with Cumin Yogurt and Pomegranate

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Filed under Appetizers, Vegetarian

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2013 was a fabulous year for you, and that 2014 will be even better.  Once again, I am entering the new year unencumbered by resolutions, which has become my own kind of tradition, I suppose.  Sure, there are projects to be done, a whole house full of rooms to be organized, and there are certainly pounds to be lost.  But I can’t be bothered with all that in the face of a brand new year, fresh with possibilities.  Also, I’m extremely distracted at the moment by this falafel salad.

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

I’m fully aware that the blogging world is probably glutted at the moment with “recipes” for salads.  But this isn’t that kind of salad.  This is a salad that is only a salad because it really wants to be.  What?!  I don’t even know. I just ate a big plate of this and I’m giddy about it. It’s so good. Continue reading


Filed under Salad, Vegetarian

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

I don’t know about where you live, but around Chicago it’s been a pretty freakishly hot summer.  I’ve been effectively using the baby as an excuse not to leave the air-conditioning pretty much since June, and I’m sorry to say that my poor garden has gone completely neglected.  The tomatoes were left cage-less (hmmm… cage-free tomatoes, maybe there’s a marketing spin there…) , there was not a chip of mulch to be found until last week, and everything is looking fairly sad and withered-looking.  Except of course, the mint and parsley, which I’m convinced could grow out of the cracks in our sidewalk.  As sad as I am about the lack of beautiful homegrown tomatoes, which I’ve been looking forward to since we finished the last of the tomatoes last year, there is a bright side.  And the bright side is this quinoa tabbouleh.

Tabbouleh is a middle-eastern herb salad typically made with bulgur.  I’ve always really liked tabbouleh, ever since my mom would buy it at the fancy-pants grocery store, Treasure Island, when I was a kid.  This was back in the early nineties, and things like tabbouleh weren’t exactly available in the usual chain grocery stores, so it was a treat.  And I kind of felt pretty grown up eating it.  Something about the fresh herb flavor with a hint of garlic and lots of big lemony tang still brings back memories of the stuff mom used to buy at Treasure Island.  However, I’m sure this is so much better than that stuff ever was. Continue reading


Filed under Gluten Free, Salad, Side Dish, Snacks

Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches with Blueberry Swirl

There’s no denying it now.  Summer is coming to a close.  My morning drive to work is slowed down by school buses, I have more ripe tomatoes than I know what to do with, and most of the time, I can turn off the a/c at night.  And, obviously, it’s labor day.  But, and this is a significant but… it’s not over yet!  Fall’s waiting in the wings, but it’s not Autumn’s time to shine juuuuuust yet.  And thank goodness.  Because I have to have time to make these ice cream sandwiches at least one more time before it’s too chilly and I’d rather be sipping apple cider and snuggling in a toasty sweater.
There is something about ice cream sandwiches that can make even an 80 year old feel like a kid again.  They’re generally drippy, ooey-gooey, and are really best eaten outside, preferably on the steps of the front porch.  Sticky fingers seem to be like a fountain of youth for me… they immediately make me feel 20 years younger. Continue reading


Filed under Baking, Dessert

Lemon Roasted Chicken with Croutons

So I know that roasted chicken probably isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you’re thinking of an easy summer dinner.  But right around mid-summer, when I’m getting (only slightly) weary of grilled meats and salads and appetizer dinners, I started wanting something that more closely resembles a normal meal.  The only caveat here is that I still don’t necessarily want to stand around a thousand degree kitchen preparing said meal.  These are the conundrums of summer living in an old house. 
But the other day it came to me.  It’s not necessarily about not turning on your oven.  It’s just about not being in the kitchen when the oven’s on.  So it naturally follows that if you can come up with something that you can throw together, pop in the oven, and get out of dodge for an hour or so (my choice was the patio with a cool drink), you have a perfectly acceptable summer dinner option. And for those of you who have no idea what I’m rambling on about, because you have a blissfully air-conditioned, cool kitchen, then you’re probably already making roasted chicken at least once a week in the summer, right?  No?  Well then do I have a great recipe for you. Continue reading


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