Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chickpea Salad

Molly Wizenberg first wrote about chickpea salad on her blog, Orangette.  I tried it, but it didn't make the grade.  I was disappointed, because a simple chickpea salad sounded very appealing and an easy way to eat more beans.

Molly updated her recipe for the April 2011 issue of Bon Appetit.  I tried it again and decided it was very fine.  Here's a tip: since the salad tastes best chilled, keep a can of garbanzo beans in your fridge for when the urge to make this salad strikes.  By the way, I think cilantro might be the preferred herb to use in this salad.  I plan to try it instead of the basil next time.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Madeleine's Fish Tacos

We first had fish tacos in Hawaii.  They were marvelous.  Occasionally we will have them now at Tin Fish near Lake Calhoun.  But last night, I decided that we needed a home version.

Summer is a great time for fish tacos with a little tartar sauce, some greens and a squirt of lime juice.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce

Ina Garten describes this dish as "delicious and summery." Which is true. 

She also recommends it as a great dish for entertaining because you marinate the lamb and make the sauce the night before.  This is also true.  

While her recipe calls for cooking on the grill, I have included oven-based roasting directions here.  This is because I am a very poor griller.  The worst.  Invariably, when I have to run in and out of the house to monitor what is cooking on the stove as well as what is on the grill both end up burned.  I wish this was not so.  But there it is.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Maple Oatmeal Scones

These scones are a real treat and not hard to make.  I like them because they are made with whole-wheat flour and oats, which boosts the fiber content.  When I don't have buttermilk on hand, I mix together some regular milk and yogurt to approximate the same consistency.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Diana's Rum Cake

My friend, Diana, gave me a rum cake for my birthday.

Now, I've known Diana since fifth grade.  We went through junior high and high school together in NYC.  When we teenagers, we used to get together and bake.  Our specialties were brownies and cheesecake.  

When we went away to college in Massachusetts, she visited me.  When I moved to Palo Alto, California, I stayed with her until I found my own place.  Somehow we both managed to marry guys from Minnesota.  And now we both live in Minneapolis.  Wow! What a journey, huh?

But, enough about Diana and I.  Back to the cake.