Quinoa Chili from The Minimalist Kitchen

Quinoa Chili from The Minimalist Kitchen

Chili is a most welcome summer meal. Yes, the days and nights can be warm. This dish has heat. The solution? Good beer, chilled to be ice cold. There is no meat in this chili, but I don’t think you’ll ever notice that fact. You’ll find some surprising flavors here:...
Frittedda or Vegetable Stew from Sicily

Frittedda or Vegetable Stew from Sicily

We noticed something intensely in our recent trip to Sicily. Artichokes were in season, really in season. You could buy them unbelievably cheaply: 10 for 1 Euro. So every restaurant had artichokes aplenty. While “stew” is not the most charming word in the English...
Kahlua Baked Beans from Burning Desires by W. Park Kerr

Kahlua Baked Beans from Burning Desires by W. Park Kerr

My fondness for Kahlua goes deep, decades deep. So, when I saw this recipe, I had to pause, consider, and then obediently nod. It does use some store-bought elements — chili sauce, barbecue sauce and hot sauces — but here that is a positive aspect. Those sauces will...
Spring Vegetable Tartare from Simple Nature by Alain Ducasse

Spring Vegetable Tartare from Simple Nature by Alain Ducasse

I just posted a review of the wonderful new book by Alain Ducasse: Simple Nature. It’s not a vegetarian book by any means, for protein does appear, but it is vegetable-centric. This is the first dish we tried out of the book, making this veggie tartare to go along...