Sunomono (Hiya Somen)

Sunomono or Hiya Somen is a classic Japanese dish served as a refreshing meal along with relishes and cold vegetables during summer’s oppressive heat.  The bright sour flavor stimulates movement [...]

By | 2018-11-06T19:40:33+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Recipes, Soups & Stews, Summer recipes|0 Comments

Ginger Roasted Butternut Squash Puree

Roasting squashes and roots brings out their rich sweetness.  This recipe is the epitome of simple autumn comfort.  Use any squash you like for this recipe–Acorn, Hubbard, turban or pumpkin. [...]

Basic Granola

  Another staple in my kitchen. I make up a large batch of granola at a time, altering the flavors and ingredients every time–life is too short to always eat [...]

Honey (or Maple) Spiced Nuts

Spiced nuts are staple in my kitchen.  I make up a large batch and freeze them. A small bowl is set out on the counter for snacks, we toss them [...]

Grilled Ratatouille With Basil Vinaigrette

Summer cooking at its best is easy, colorful and uncomplicated.  Ratatouille makes the most of the season’s vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.  This grilled version can be prepared in [...]

Cucumber Salad With Seaweed And Sesame

Cucumbers are perfect for handling summer’s heat.  This is a classic Japanese summer salad of cucumbers in vinegar with numerous variations.  Make it up about about an hour before so the [...]

K’hair Belaban

Years ago I worked at an Egyptian restaurant here in Boise. The food was fabulous–working with Middle-Eastern men…not so much. Anyway, one of my favorite dips on the menu was [...]

By | 2018-04-30T17:01:12+00:00 May 31st, 2016|Dips, VB cooler|0 Comments

Cranberry Cherry Chutney

Chutneys, jellies, jams and minced meats came about as a way to preserve vitamin and mineral rich fruits through the cold months. In some cases, [...]