Jicama Salad, Basic

  I don’t really recall how Jicama (pronounced hick-uh-muh) came into my life. It’s one of those things that crept into my consciousness, and the next thing I knew, I’d bought one. It’s light, refreshing and pleasantly crunchy like an apple when fresh. Choose one that looks manageable with smooth skin. It should feel hard…

Fajita Lentils

Memphis is always looking for ways to punch up the flavor in foods. We are “bold flavor” people. While we like the soft interplay of delicately nuanced flavors in certain dishes, sometimes more seasoning or spice is called for. Fajita Lentils are a perfect example. Easy to prepare, lentils (pulses) don’t require pre-soaking and are…

Light and Filling Zoodles!

When I was a kid, I grew up in a mostly Italian neighborhood with a lot of great cooks. My foray into international food began as I toddled around between houses toward the enticing aromas coming from the neighbor’s house. (Everyone wanted to eat anything she was cooking!)Love smells like spaghetti sauce. And who can…

Canned Vs. Dried [Chickpea Priceout]

  Maybe in your rush through the grocery store you’ve glanced at the dried beans in the store and thought about picking them up. “I have to soak them? Ugh! Planning…” you say, and grab the precooked chickpeas. “Who even knows how to cook beans anymore? Does anyone even do that?” Yes, they do. Lefty…

Basic Grain-Free Stir Fry [with peanut sauce]

    Stir fry is a quick and delicious way to tank up on veggies while loading up on flavor and nutrition. These meals can be created in about 30 minutes, and easily changed up by varying the ingredients. The key to uniformly cooked vegetables in a good stir-fry is either slicing or chopping veggies to a…

Green Salsa

  This zippy sauce adds a splash of citrusy spice to any dish. If you like a milder salsa, try ancho chilies, Anaheim or poblano. A tongue-tingling topper for wraps or chips, this can be made fairly quickly. You’ll use about half a pound of tomatillos. They are sold with green papery husks that peel…

Teach a Man to Brew

Does it seem like everyone’s talking about Kombucha? The flavored fizzy tea in glass bottles. What’s the big deal about some carbonated tea? Oh, excuse me, fermented tea. Or, if you prefer, cultured tea. I’m just now getting around to talking about this and may never have if it hadn’t been for my sister. She’s…

Tandoori Tofu with Channa

In a pinch for time recently, I had run out of all the things I love to eat and was left with some basic ingredients. Plain chickpeas, tofu and a few pieces of fruit. In the back of my spice cabinet (which is extensive since my job as “the Spice Queen” years ago) lurked a…

Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic brings out a depth of flavor that cannot be obtained any other way. I use my toaster oven, which heats up quickly and doesn’t overheat my kitchen in the summer the way an oven can. However, if you don’t have a toaster oven it can be done the same way, but you may…