Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lebanese Lentil Soup



I was given a copy of My Pantry by Alice Waters for Christmas which has a lovely Lebanese inspired lentil soup recipe.  I immediately decided to try this recipe. After all the culinary excesses of the holidays I feel a week of soup is needed to start the New Year off right.

Although the yogurt is optional, it gives the soup a nice tangy taste which complements it very well.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Aunt Nita's Amazing Oatmeal Cookies


I don't know who Erin Scott's Aunt Nita is, but she does make amazing cookies.  Her use of turbinado sugar is a bit of genius because it gives the cookies a toothsome crunch and a hint of caramel flavor.

The only adjustments I would suggest to this recipe would be to add some cardamom or cinnamon. I've also increased the oats to 2 cups and scaled back the coconut to 1 cup.  It's tempting to toss in a handful of chopped dates instead of walnuts. Thank you, Aunt Nita!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tangy Meatballs


These make great appetizers or contributions to a potluck.  Just double the recipe and bring toothpicks!