Posts Tagged ‘Walnuts’
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
The other day Mike and I went to Al Mubarakiya, the old market here in Kuwait (if you’re interested, you can check out my photos of the old market here on my Instagram feed), with no intention of buying anything. For him, we came home with four pounds of mixed nuts, one pound of salted pistachios, and two pounds of fresh-roasted Turkish-ground coffee (ok, really the coffee is for both of us); and for me, we grabbed two pounds of raw walnuts and one pound of unsweetened dried cranberries. The problem is, there is a shop there that has the most insanely fresh coffee, nuts, and all manner of things of that sort. You walk in and you want to spend all day just smelling the air and sampling everything.
But of course I don’t think the shop owner would appreciate either of those things… (more…)
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
How many of you will admit to sneaking some of your kid’s Halloween candy when no one is looking?
I don’t have kids (yet!), but yeah, I’d be guilty as charged.
It’s the stuff we won’t buy for ourselves, but if it’s just hanging around, it’s fair game. If you didn’t buy it for yourself, the calories don’t count, right? ;)
I like to have healthier treats that will still satisfy a sweet tooth at the ready. (more…)
Friday, October 4th, 2013
The first time I made this salad was last summer for a cookout at my parents’ house before Mike and I left for Kuwait. I wanted to bring a hearty salad, and I was trying to clean out my pantry and fridge when I found a bag of bulgur wheat in the pantry and a bottle of pomegranate molasses in the fridge. For some reason I thought combining the two in one dish was the best idea ever.
As strange as this pairing might sound, it is pretty fantastic. (more…)
Friday, January 25th, 2013
I don’t remember the first (edible) recipe I ever made, but I remember what it was for my brother: grilled cheese.
He was about 10 and home alone for the first time. Of course, despite orders not to, he cooked for himself. My mom said she got home and he ran over to her, saying he figured out the secret trick to the best grilled cheese in the world. (A mighty tall claim for a 10-year-old!) My mom, who was more than a little intrigued, smiled and asked What? Grinning like the Cheshire cat, my brother exclaimed You have to slap the cheese back and forth between your hands first before you make it! (more…)
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Around the holidays, I’ve noticed that in addition to loads of requests for cookie recipes, new appetizer ideas are always high in demand. Parties are frequent, and what better to serve than a spread of appetizers where people can come and go as they munch and chat, eating little bites from their favorite dishes.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a holiday party that didn’t have at least one cheese ball – which is good, I happen to adore them! (And truth be told, they are always one of the first things to disappear from a big buffet spread.) A while back I shared a recipe for a Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer. The flavors going on in that (like Cheddar, Worcestershire, onion, and paprika) are always a hit, but if you want something a little more complex (and every bit as addictive), this Date, Walnut, & Blue Cheese Ball is perfect. (more…)
Friday, October 26th, 2012
This is the Fudgy Walnut Spread thinned out with a little milk. It’s very ganache-like, and in addition to being a delicious spread, it is also wonderful as a frosting for cupcakes!
Every once in a while I get a really good idea that just seems to fall into my head (usually via a dream…and yes, that really happens, lol), or fall into my lap (usually via a kitchen mishap).
This recipe was sort-of the latter.
It started with a big bag of beautiful walnuts that I received from a lovely blog reader, Letty. (Thank you, Letty…the walnuts are incredible!)
Friday, July 20th, 2012
Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, has just begun; this means that for a whole month Mike and I won’t be eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset (I will still be posting regularly though — I have quite the backlog to share with you). The point is to teach you patience, discipline, and empathy for others who aren’t as fortunate. I have to say, it really works…food and drink (especially cold water!) never taste as good the rest of the year as they do during Ramadan.
Friday, March 18th, 2011
Ok, I confess…I made this recipe a long time ago. (Actually, I made it recently too, but that’s because I make it all the time; I took these pictures when I made this a really long time ago.) At the time I felt like I had just posted a whole slew of oatmeal recipes, and lest you all see me for the oatmeal junkie I am, I was planning to withhold this recipe for a few weeks in hopes that you wouldn’t catch on to my oatmeal addiction. (And yes, now I’ve gone and blown my cover.) (more…)
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Funny story about this pasta…the other day my friend Brandy (none other than the mastermind behind the beautiful blog Nutmeg Nanny) and I were talking on the phone. We happened to both post Marzipan Hearts within two days of each other without knowing beforehand what the other was posting, and Brandy called me to let me know. She asked what I was posting next, jokingly saying that she’ll be sure to post the same thing. I started laughing and told her that my next post will be for Beet Greens Pasta. She laughed too, and I promised her it’s not as off-putting as it sounds (in fact I swear to you all, it is absolutely delicious)! So Brandy, this post is for you, gorgeous! (more…)