Saturday, March 24, 2012

Moroccan Orange Walnut Salad

This is the first real salad I learned to make, from the first real cookbook I ever purchased.  It was one in a series of popular Moosewood Cookbooks.  I marveled over every page embellished with Mollie Katzen's handwritten recipes and hand drawn illustrations.  Her style of cooking seemed very au courant to me, having only attended the cooking school of Mom at the time.

The recipe, as published in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, is designed to feed 6, but could really serve 10 quite nicely at a potluck.  This stripped down version is the way I make it for a weeknight dinner.  My apologies to Mollie.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I absolutely love oatmeal cookies and I happen to think that they are sort of good for you.  (Just think of all the fiber!)

It's hard to beat the oatmeal cookie recipe on the Quaker Oatmeal box.  I have tried other recipes and keep coming back to this one.  You can change it up by substituting craisins for raisins.  I usually use some whole wheat flour in place of some of the all-purpose flour.  And you could toss in a little flax seed to up the omega-3 content.  But otherwise, its a pretty basic, foolproof recipe.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Skillet Cauliflower Torrisi


Cauliflower is not the world's most-loved vegetable, especially around my house.  But when I find a nice head of cauliflower in the store, this is what I make with it.  And the whole family seems to enjoy it--even our rabbit who gets the cauliflower trimmings.

Torrisi is apparently a deli in New York City.  I have to guess that they are fans of olive oil and garlic, because they use plenty in this recipe.  Feel free to cut down on the garlic or substitute some garlic powder to suit your taste.