California Sushi Rice Bowl

Yield: Makes about 2 servings. Ingredients: 1 cup dry sushi rice (rice cooker measuring cup) 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 1/4 tsp salt 4 oz imitation crab, chopped into small bite-sized pieces 1/2 cucumber, diced 1/4 cup carrots, shredded or matchstick (optional) 1/2 to 1 nori sheet, crumbled or chopped into small…

Orzo Tabouli Salad (Zoe’s Copycat Recipe)

Ingredients: 1 box orzo pasta (about 16 oz) Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette dressing Bag of mixed greens with spinach 1 large cucumber 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved 1 can artichokes, quartered 1/2 cup feta cheese 2/3 cup Greek Kalamata olives, pitted and halved (I have these on the side – I don’t like…

Tomato & Asparagus “Carbonara”

Ingredients: 3 quarts water 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb asparagus, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 4 oz pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (~1 cup) 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4-1/2 tsp ground pepper 2 large eggs 8 oz uncooked penne pasta 1/4 cup fresh basil…

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Artisan Bread

This was my first attempt at a homemade bread in my new cast iron dutch oven and it turned out great! … except that I used wax paper instead of parchment paper and it stuck to the bottom of the loaf of bread.  I ended up cutting off the bottom crust 😦  Next time I’m…

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Ingredients: Bread crumbs Parmesan cheese Butter Olive Oil Salt Black Pepper White Pepper Parsley Basil Scallions Garlic Next time try a variation of this: 1 green onion, finely minced 1/2 tsp minced garlic 1/8 tsp garlic salt 1 Tbsp melted butter 1 tsp oregano leaves 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten 2 Tbsp finely…

Greek Layer Dip

Ingredients: 1 container (8 oz) chives and onion cream cheese spread (sometimes I omit this, and I rarely use the whole 8 oz) 1 – 2 cups hummus (I use this recipe: if doing 8×8 appetizer, I use about half; if doing individual portions, I use the whole batch of hummus) 1 medium cucumber, diced…

Hummus

Ingredients: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon) 1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see our homemade tahini recipe 1 small garlic clove, minced (about 1/3 clove of elephant garlic) 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground…

Panera Spinach & Artichoke Souffle (with Custard)

Ingredients: 3 Tbsp frozen spinach, thawed (1 frozen package = about 16 Tbsp) 3 Tbsp artichoke hearts, minced (1 can = about 12 Tbsp) 2 tsp onions, minced (1 thin slice of a large onion) 1 tsp red bell pepper, minced 4 eggs plus 2 eggs, divided (yolks/whites) 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup grated…

Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetable Options (pick 5-6): 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces 1-2 onions, sliced and quartered 1 bell pepper, chopped Can of sliced water chestnuts 4-5 carrots, sliced into coins or thin strips 8 oz package sliced portabella mushrooms Head of broccoli, chopped into small florets Scallions, chopped Can of baby corn Swiss chard, Bok…

Garlic Ginger Stir Fry Sauce

Ingredients: 3 cloves garlic (1 clove elephant garlic) 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (or ginger paste) 2 Tbsp honey (or more, to taste) 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup rice vinegar 3 Tbsp sesame oil 2 Tbsp olive or canola oil 2 Tbsp corn starch Mix all ingredients in food processor.  Process…

Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque

I’ve been looking for some new ways to enjoy the sweet potatoes from our garden.  I came across this interesting recipe.  Although I was a little skeptical at first, it is definitely a keeper! Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes (10-12 ounces each) 1 Tbsp oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 3…

Spinach Artichoke Souffle – Complicated Version

I recently ordered a Spinach Artichoke Baked Egg Souffle from Panera Bread.  I’m not sure what I was expecting … but oh my was it good!  Here’s my attempt to replicate it.  I looked up a few copy-cat recipes.  One in particular showed up in many searches (ABC Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur), but…