Month: November 2013

Maroccan Martini

I remember walking home from school and picking pomegranates from trees hanging over onto the street.  They were juicy, sweet and a little bit tart.  I didn’t know, until much later, what a delicious flavor they add to many foods, drinks and sweets. I was exploring the web […]


I thought I invented these!  As a kid, I would put some leftover beans on bread with cheese and salsa when I wanted a quick snack.  I didn’t know they already had a name: Molletes. This is the more traditional version, which is usually served for breakfast.  You […]

Arroz con Leche

We weren’t a family that had dessert very often but this was one of our favorites.  Especially when it started getting cold outside.  In southern California that meant the low 50s!  It is a very simple dessert: milk, rice, sugar, raisins and cinnamon.  Sweet and creamy. While reading […]

Roasted Garbanzos

I first came across a recipe for roasted garbanzos in Mark Bittman’s cookbook How to Cook Everything.  I recently came across a great blog ( that had another version of the snack and I had to make them.  I’ve recently made crackers and pizza with garbanzo flour, so […]

Almond Oatmeal Cookies

We had some friends and their kids over for dinner to watch the Packer game today.  The Green Bay Packers played the New York Giants this afternoon and, unfortunately, lost.  But I’m glad we had cookies to temper the sadness. I wanted to make some cookies that kids […]

Pollo de Rey

This recipe has  become “comfort food” for us.  It started out as a special occasion dish, but because it is so easy to make and so delicious, we eat this anytime.  Especially when red peppers are in season. The roasted red peppers are what makes this dish work.  […]

Apricot-Pistachio Biscotti

Growing up in southern California, we had fruit trees in our garden and around the neighborhood.  Lemons, oranges, pomegranates, and even apricots. As a kid, I loved the fresh oranges, lemons, and pomegranates. The apricots, not so much.  But now they are probably my favorite fruit.  And dried […]

Caldo Verde

We had our first snow of the season today.  It wasn’t much, but it was a nice reminder of what is to come.  Our puppy, Russell, didn’t know what to do with it so, of course, he started eating it. But it is still Fall in this part […]

BASICS: Pico de Gallo

There are few things as simple and delicious as this salsa. It works well with many Mexican dishes, adding a bright, spicy freshness.  It tastes great on tostadas, tacos and as a topping for scrambled eggs and molletes (Mexican bean and cheese sandwiches). Below is my version, which […]