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Baked Quinoa Patties

found via blog:

Enchilada Sauce

Why buy the jar when you can make it for pennies?

Spicy Pork Soup

You can also omit the boston butt and use pork meatballs instead (or a mixture of ground pork and ground turkey if you like).

Basic White Swiss Buttercream Frosting

You will never use canned frosting again, I promise.

To make coconut flavor, whip in 1/4 c. cream of coconut and 1/2 T. coconut flavoring when adding vanilla (reduce vanilla to 1/2 T, as well).

Incredible! (1 rating)
Peruvian Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lime

adapted f/ America's Test Kitchen. Recipe time doesn't include marinating time.

Gros Pain (large French bread)

Recipe adapted slightly from Essential Pepin.

Buttermilk Biscuits (no fail)

from Bittman's How to Cook Everything Veg book (w/ minor changes)

Blood Orange Shrub

Monty Python jokes aside, this shrub is a really great addition to your pantry, especially if you make it while the blood oranges are in season--the really ripe ones give it such a lovely color!!

Chocolate Avo Mousse/Pudding

I promise, you will not taste the avocados! They give this a richness that you would be hard-pressed to achieve without copious amounts of heavy whipping cream.

I prefer my desserts not-too-sweet, so add more sweetener if you find this isn't to your liking.

No Bonk Balls - Peanut Butter Fudge

Use nutella instead of peanut butter for a straight-up fudge flavor instead.

No Bonk Balls - Dark Chocolate Cherry

Ready in literally 5 minutes! Double or triple the batch (depending on the capacity of your food processor) and store them for easy quick snacks!

Braised Pork Ribs w/ Herbs & Beans

Bean & Bacon Soup w/ Kale

based on a recipe for Balatong, but with different beans and sans fish sauce and lechon, similar, but legally distinct? Anyhow, a great winter soup for any hemisphere!

Mushroom Risotto

A handful of kitchen staples combine forces to produce a magical, creamy comfort food! Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to stir risotto every single second of the cooking time...every minute or so will do!

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

A super fast sauce you can make while the pasta cooks. Makes enough to sauce 2-4 servings of pasta.

Pannukakku (Finnish oven pancakes)

A traditional thin, custardy oven pancake, best served with berry jam and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Pasta Soup du Jour

loosely based on veggie/tortellini soup

Green Monster Smoothie du jour

makes enough for two servings at a time (1 cup per serving).

You could sub banana for the pumpkin puree (I can't thanks to allergies), and could use all spinach or all kale or even chard or mustard greens.

Very Good (1 rating)
Salted Caramel Butter Sandwich Cookies

These are a common french cookie, ironically named "punishment' cookies ("punition" cookies). As with most french recipes, you will work magic with butter, sugar, salt, and flour, and be amazed at the stellar results such humble ingredients can produce!

You should get approx. 96 cookies, which will translate into 48 sandwich cookies.

Soup du Jour

an ever-changing recipe for the most recent "clean out the pantry" soup I've made.

Spiced Fruit Chutney

A well-spiced fruit chutney, perfect for serving with meat and curries, or on grilled cheese sandwiches. Recipe yields approximately 1.5 cups of chutney.

If you don't want to wait for the chutney to mature, you can use it earlier, but the flavors develop over time!

Slowcooker Turkey & Sausage Soup

Not quite a proper gumbo, but tasty nonetheless!

Buttermilk Roasted Chicken

adapted from

Baked Ziti

Adapted from America's Test Kitchen recipe.

Chicken Taquitos


Venison Meatballs

Make these into a quick weeknight dinner by boiling spaghetti while you work and adding a quick dose of jarred marinara to the meatballs after they come out of the oven.

They're also great for BBQ meatballs (just add sauce!). Swap the Italian seasoning for chinese 5-spice mix and change the balsamic vinegar to rice vinegar for an Asian flair (serve with dipping sauce of soy sauce, lime juice, and minced bird chili)

Venison Lo Mein

Elk or deer work well in this recipe. To use beef, increase meat's cooking time a minute or so.

Hazelnut Cake with Nutella Ganache

An eastern european-style flourless cake with a simple ganache frosting.

Makes 12-16 servings.

Garnish not included in nutritional info.

Skillet Braised Chicken

Like fried chicken in that it's got nice crispy skin, but with a LOT less oil to clean up!

Homemade Apple Butter or Apple Sauce

This recipe yields about 3.5 pints apple butter, and is suitable for canning if you like, or throw the jars in the fridge. If canned, this keeps up to 6 months (if it lasts that long!), or in the fridge, use within 2 months.

This is a two-fer recipe, to boot! If you stop before the second cooking session, you've made applesauce; continue on and you'll have apple butter!

Applesauce is great on its own, or as a fat substitute in baking. Apple butter is divine stirred into oatmeal, or as a sauce for meat, or stirred into yogurt!

Cornbread du jour

Loosely based on Veganomicon's generic cornbread recipe.

Squash Soup

Roast the squash or boil it before making soup.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganov

This looks indulgent. It tastes divine. I got this recipe from friend a few months ago and it's become part of our regular rotation--it's great b/c you just throw everything in the crock and come back 8 hours later to feast! I usually assemble everything in the crock the night before, stick it in the fridge overnight, and let it cook while I'm at work the next day!

Also excellent with venison.

Slow Cooker Fresh Chicken Chili

adapted from:

Potato Salad a la Norse

Not your mother's German potato salad, this one hails from a bit more northern clime.

Sausage & Cabbage Soup

A very forgiving, easy to make & modify cabbage soup recipe! Serves 4 generously as a main course, or 8 as a lighter meal.

Broccoli Stoccoli Slaw

If you've never used broccoli stalks for salad, shame on you! They make amazing cole slaw, and once you peel the fibrous skin off, are quite tender!

I like my slaw quite mustardy (goes well on sammiches that way), but if you don't, feel free to tone it down or omit it all together.

Elk Pibil

Note, the chipotle peppers and black peppercorns give this a bit of heat, but if you want it spicier, add a finely minced fresh pepper to the spice rub.

Coconut Chicken Strips

These are great just dipped in spicy sauce, or chopped up over salad greens, too! Make excellent leftovers. I prefer thigh meat b/c it's juicier, but if you must use breast meat, feel free.


adapted f/ Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Overnight Chocolate Chip Cookies

I usually 30-36 cookies out of this recipe--you can easily double or triple it if you feel ambitious!

Grain Salad Du Jour

Whatever grains and veggies and herbs you have works great!

Spring Italian Soup

I make no claim that this is an authentic Italian recipe, only that it reminds me of Sicily and Rome and I usually make it in the spring when fresh fava beans can be had. Aside from that, it's basically "everything" soup...whatever veggies sound good, chopped up and stirred into soup!

Fish Fingers

recipe adapted from New Scandinavian cooking show.

Half Pound Cake

Why "Half Pound Cake" you might ask? Because this recipe uses 1/2 pound of each basic ingredient so that it only makes 1 loaf of poundcake (because I cannot eat an entire recipe of pound cake fast enough to warrant making it full-scale!)

This cake comes out fluffiest if all your ingredients are room temperature before you start cooking...take the eggs and butter out about an hour before you plan to use them for best results.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Cranberry Orange Muffins

Because there aren't enough recipes for fresh cranberries in the world!

Cashew Caramel Turtles

An intentionally small recipe--great for a treat!

Winter Vegetable & Mushroom Soup

Cream is optional, but I quite like the flavor it gives. This is great made with wild mushrooms if you can get your hands on them (if using fresh wild mushrooms, omit the dried).

I generally cut the veggies into 1/2" cubes, but any size will do as long as they're all the same size (bigger pieces will take longer to cook, of course).

Pork Lo Mein

Adapted slightly from a recipe a friend had...This goes pretty quickly, so be sure you've prepped all ingredients before you start cooking.

No Bonk Balls - Chocolate Pretzel Date

Great for taking on century rides or as a pre- or post-workout snack.

Pomelo Salad: Yam Som-O w/ Noodles

a little slow to make, but soooo worth it!

adapted f/:

Butterscotch Brownies

adapted f/ Betty Crocker.

Quinoa Pudding

Excellent as dessert or for breakfast.

German Style-Soft Pretzels


Souffle - Ginger, Scallion, & Garlic

adapted from Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Clemintine Clove Cookies

The essence of early winter, in cookie form!

Cornmeal Pancakes

Easy basic quick bread for any meal. If using coarse grind cornmeal, let the batter stand 10 minutes or so to soften, otherwise it may be a bit crunchy!

These can be sweetened if you like--add a tablespoon or so of sugar--but I prefer the savory version.

And feel free to add stuff in...some of my favorites: raspberries; blueberries; corn kernels; sage, thyme, and white beans...use your imagination!

Slow Cooker Cassoulet

I use a 3qt. slow cooker and it's pretty full with this recipe, so use at least that size.

If you won't be around in 6 hours to test the beans, leave the whole thing on low for 8 hours and add salt at the very end before serving--your beans will be a little mushier and not perfect, but they'll still taste like a serving of awesome.

This will be a little soupy when it's done (unless your beans are rockstars and absorb all the liquid)...if you have leftovers, you'll notice the extra liquid gets soaked right up, so don't despair if it seems a little runny the first night.

This makes amazing leftovers, too.

Winter Citrus Salad


Slow Cooked Mexican Stew

adapted from:

Curry Pumpkin Dip

Great dip for crackers or veggies! Serving size = 2 tablespoons.

Chickpea Parsnip Soup

Vegetarianized version of the Cooking Light recipe found here:

Pizza Bombs

Serves 4 as a main course, 8-16 as an appetizer.

Swedish Limpa Bread

f/ Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Porkkanapannukakku (Finnish Carrot Oven Pancake)

A mouthful to say AND to eat! Not to mention a delicious way to use up carrots.

Adapted f/ Sundays at Moosewood.

Veggie Burritos

A classic "chop it small, saute it all" weeknight veggie burritos--from a pile of ingredients to a plate of delicious food in about 20 minutes!

You can easily sub squash for the eggplant (winter or summer varieties); yams for the potato, parsnips or turnips for the carrots--these are super versatile.

Pan Roasted Root Veggies

My favorite way to eat veggies, especially in the fall!

Cooking time is longer if you use bigger chunks and shorter if you use smaller chunks, so plan accordingly.

Chicken Saltimbocca

adapted from the America's Test Kitchen recipe.

Creamy Tomato Pasta

Looks & tastes decadent! And it is! But still quite good on the nutrition stats! A little extra effort produces great earthy tomato flavor that you cannot buy in a jar!

Prosciutto can be omitted or replaced with vegan/vegetarian bacon and the cream can be replaced with cashew cream to make this veg/vegan friendly.

Make a batch and freeze some for later even!


slapdash weeknight curry

Overnight Pumpkin Waffles

Whip these up the night before for an easy treat in the morning--doubly sweet that all the dishes are already done! Adjust spices to your preference!

Olive Salad

Not a light salad, but tasty, and easily converted to a pasta sauce if you like.

You can either cube the bread and put it in the salad, or slice the bread and serve the salad atop the bread.

Alternately, cut bread into slices, top with mixture, and grill over low flame til cheese is melty. Awesome BBQ appetizer.

Veggie Soup

Your basic clean-out-the-fridge combo.

Yeasted Waffles

Rich waffles that are definitely not for every day, but they are an excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or perk up a dreary Monday, and since most of the work is done the night before, they make for a surprisingly quick breakfast!

Start these waffles at least 12 hours before you plan to cook them.

Potato Buns

For interesting buns, use purple potatoes instead of regular russets. For dinner rolls, divide into 24 pieces instead of 16.

Overnight Waffles

Rich waffles that are definitely not for every day, but they are an excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or perk up a dreary Monday, and since most of the work is done the night before, they make for a surprisingly quick breakfast!

Start these waffles at least 12 hours before you plan to cook them.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Kalua Pork


One of my favorite snacks in the Philippines...the easiest way to describe this is a steamed rice cupcake...with a little sliver of cheese on top (be sure to use a soft cheese that will melt well!) You can find pandan flavoring at your trusty local Asian market, it's kind of a green, grassy flavor).

Very Good (18 ratings)
Chicken Adobo w/ Garlic Fried Rice

Filipino comfort food at its finest! Cook the chicken with the skin on and remove before serving for the best flavor.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

f/ Simply in Season, modified to taste.

Skillet Corn Bread

f/ the indispensible Veganomicon, slightly modified.

Great as a breakfast food or as a side. I use a mix of fine an coarse grind cornmeal for more interesting texture.

Incredible! (3 ratings)
Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

f/ the good ol' PPK.

A beautiful crackle topped chocolate cookie with a spicy cayenne kick and a sugary cinnamon coating.

Thai Basil Elk

OK, no, elk is probably not an authentic ingredient in Thai cooking, but it goes soooo well in this recipe that I'm willing to overlook that tiny detail!

I love this made with spicy peppers (like jalapenos or serranos), but it's also really good with sweet peppers (like bells or bananas), so adapt to your palate as you wish.

Incredible! (1 rating)
White Bean & Sage Tart

adapted f/ Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian; serves 4 as an entree, 8 as an appetizer

5-star Chocolate Cake

This recipe makes a small layer cake using 6" cake pans--perfect for two people to share without having leftovers lingering! If using 9" cake pans, double the recipe.

Crusty Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Sauce

adapted from Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way

Fricassee of Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

adapted f/ Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way

Fish Tacos w/ Pineapple & Cilantro

An asian flare on a classic...I prefer to use opah or ono for these tacos, but use what suits your taste; just keep in mind, a firm white fish is a must--anything to soft will just crumble.

Raw Beet Salad

adapted f/ Mark Bittman's recipe

Parmesan Crisps

The basic recipe is to use black pepper, but these are also good with lemon pepper (if it's not a salty blend), paprika, ground sumac, or oregano...use your imagination!

These are great as crackers, but they go great with soups and salads as well...very versatile!

Incredible! (2 ratings)
Quinoa, Tuna & Black Bean Pilaf

A protein-tastic pilaf that will power you all day! This was one of those "I have no food in the house but want dinner al the same" inventions, but it turned out so well I thought I'd better write it down! Simplicity really is more!

This is great if you have leftover quinoa to use up, as'll want about 3 c. cooked.

Strawberry Rhubarb Mango Crisp

Use 4 c. of any fruit, really. If using firmer fruit (like apples), cut into smallish pieces so they cook all the way through.

Incredible! (3 ratings)
Spinach Souffle

Easier than you'd think!

Quinoa & Sweet Potato Salad

adapted f/ How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by M. Bittman

Incredible! (1 rating)
Stout Chocolate Cake

Not exactly diet food, but definitely good for a special occasion.

Cake adapted from “Sunday Suppers at Lucques” by Suzanne Goin.

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Great with pork, chicken, seafood, in tacos, or as a spicy side salad over cottage cheese.

Simple Italian-Style Lentils

This is a fun dish to make becuase it changes drastically from day to day...fresh, it's a brothy soup, after one day, more of a thick stew, and on the third day (if it makes it that far) it's more of a pilaf than anything...all thanks to those thirsty little lentils and their ability to slurp up liquid almost indefinitely. And did I mention it's super easy to put together?

Coconut Oat Pilaf

f/ NYTimes:

Espresso Black Bean Chili

adapted from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Column A, Column B Muffins

Make these as is for savory muffins, or add dried fruit and spices and nuts for a little variety!

Very Good (3 ratings)

I make no claims to authentic enchiladas here, this is just my method! But, they're a great "clean out the fridge" food that's pretty enough for company to boot! You can sub beans for the meat, or do a mixture, add any veggies you like (corn and bell peppers, oh yeah!...even cooked cubed potatoes/yams or winter squash). Try it with kale or chard instead of spinach, basically use your imagination!

Candied Walnuts or Pecans

Forget the corn syrup--you won't miss it! These are ridiculously easy to throw together and make a great snack or salad topper.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Healthified White Bean & Bacon Soup

I grew up eating bean and bacon soup on a fairly regular basis, but it's not the healthiest soup out there...which is why I was really excited to find a recipe for a crock pot version...I tweaked it a bit and here you have it--a simple semi-healthy soup for those cold frosty days!

Ragout of Broccolini, Beans, Clams, & Sausage

f/ Fast Food My Way w/ Jaques Pepin (yay PBS!)

Chicpea & Squash Soup

An Egyptian soup I like to make because it's cheap, easy, healthy, and super filling.

Pumpkin Pasta w/ Chicken in Lemon Gorgonzola Sauce

A little bit decadent, but deceptively easy to put together. Put the pasta water on first and then do the rest while the pasta cooks...remember to save 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water to make the sauce!

Moroccan Carrot Dip

A tasty north african dip that is easily adjustable to suit your preferences. As written this is pretty mild--I usually double the spices and use about 1/4 tsp. cayenne (but I like spicy food, so start conservatively and adjust to your own preferences!). If it does get too hot, stir in some yogurt to quench the flames! I also use this as a sandwich spread for roasted vegetable sandwiches--it's very versatile!

Cabbage & Pork Potstickers

This is my "main dish" potsticker recipe. For appetizers or lighter fare, use 1/2 to 3/4 lb. pork and 1 quarter more cabbage. These can be made vegetarian by substituting your crumbled tofu for the pork, if you like (though the texture is not quite as good--if you come up with something better, do share!) or by adding additional shredded vegetables. These are super easy to put together, and pretty much foolproof, so feel free to experiment with the filling. Wonton wrappers can also be used in place of gyoza skins (which should be in most supermarkets and every asian market worth it's sodium content!), but you'll need to steam wonton wrappers a little longer to get them transluscent.

Fried Rice with Veggies & Tofu

from Ellie Krieger's Foods You Crave, modified a bit (more veggies!!!) to taste.

Kristine's Olive-Basil Pesto

A tasty purple pesto that performs equally well as a cracker spread or a pasta sauce! It couldn't be easier to whip up, and keeps well in the fridge for 2-3 weeks (just give it a stir every so often to keep it from separating!) Makes about 2 cups. Nutrition info is calculated for 2 T. per serving.

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

I make this whenever hubby or I get sick...ultimate comfort food.

Tuna Bean Salad

Serve alone as a side salad, or on croissants with lettuce for an easy elegant lunch.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Chipotle Aioli

A great alternative to straight mayonnaise for sandwiches, salads, or dipping sauces (it's fantastic with roasted sweet potato wedges). I use Hain's Safflower mayonnaise to make this (b/c it doesn't contain transfats), but you could use whaterver mayo you prefer--use low fat if you like to cut the calories even further. But I guarantee it'll be love at first bite!

Eggplant Parmigiana

Finally! I've been searching for an Eggplant Parmigiana recipe that actually tastes like eggplant! So many are overpowered by way too much cheese or marinara, but I've finally come up with a healthy version that balances the flavors of the principle ingredients.

Pumpernickel Pancakes

A recipe I created for the Love to Cook team's Breakfast Cake Challenge.

Black Currant Filled Almond Poundcakes

I usually bake cakes from scratch, but in a pinch, these are easy to make and fancy enough to impress!

Sweet Potato Quesadillas

adapted f/ Simply in Season cookbook.

Sesame Couscous Salad

This is loosely based on the recipe from Simply in Season, but with a few of my own additions/subtractions. You could easily add cooked chicken if you like, though this is a fantastic salad as is, too! Tons of vitamins and minerals and flavor--this is great as a salad or as part of a wrap filling (just add greens!). I've also used leftovers as a soup base.


Marination time not included in prep/cooking time.

Blue Corn Muffins

An eye-popping alternative to your regular corn meal mufflins!

Incredible! (1 rating)
Spring Chicken Carbonara

An easy dish to celebrate the first signs of spring--asparagus!

Very Good (7 ratings)
Coconut Macaroons

Easy as pie, but much tastier!

Apple Pumpkin Pecan Bread

I wanted a slightly sweet pumpkin bread, but I couldn't find a recipe that fit the bill, so I came up with my own!

Spicy Tomato Sauce

Great for pastas, pilafs, poaching eggs, or cook it down for an amazing bruschetta topping...very versatile!

Very Good (3 ratings)
Kushery (Egyptian-style Lentils and Rice)

This is a great veggie main, and the lefotver rice makes great faux-meatballs if you use a glutinous rice to begin with. But it's great with any variety of long grain rice, so enjoy! In Egypt, this is also served with elbow macaroni mixed in, but I had it both ways when I was there and I find I prefer it without the pasta (it made it too heavy for my tastes). I've also used the tomato sauce as a pasta sauce before--it's a nice low-cal change of pace!

Smoky Vegetarian Chili

This easy vegetarian chili gets its smoky flavor from two sources: caramelizing the onions and tomato paste, and the addition of chipotle chilis en adobo (find these canned in the ethnic foods aisle of your grocery store). You won't need the whole can of chipotle chilis, so freeze the rest in individual portions for later use.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Easy Spinach Feta Quiche

A simple filling quiche with a Greek flavor. Make a hearty breakfast for four, or make a light snack or appetizer for 8 to 12, but any way you slice it, this quiche rocks!

Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic

A simple side dish that's sure to delight even the most ardent cauliflower haters!

Couscous Surprise

This recipe doesn't actually contain couscous (though you could sub it for the bulgur no problem), but the name came about because I promised my hubby I'd make a couscous salad, only to discover that I was out of I subbed bulgur and it turned out great! But since then, we've always called it Couscous Surprise. It's a great little side dish, and can easily be turned into a quick main dish--just add a can of rinsed/drained garbanzo beans and a handful of chopped cashews, or some chopped cooked chicken. Enjoy!

Carrot Salad

A colorful and surprisingly tasty salad made simply from carrots! Adapted from the Moosewood Simple Suppers cookbook.

Rarebit Risotto

From the Moosewood Simple Suppers cookbook

Very Good (12 ratings)
Easy Beer Bread

You will be hard pressed to find an easier recipe for bread than this one!!! Pretty much any beer will work in this recipe, though i've had fun with beers like Bell's Cherry Stout and Big Sky Brewing's Moose don't be afraid to throw in a bottle of your favorite intriguing beer! Just keep in mind, the same rule applies to cooking with beer as applies to cooking with wine: if you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it!

Chicken or Tofu Marsala

adapted from The Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers cookbook.

Savory Bread & Cheese Bake

f/ Moosewood Restaurant's Simple Suppers cookbook. This is a no fuss meal easy enough for any weeknight and elegant enough for any brunch.

Poached Huevos Rancheros

adapted from The Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers cookbook.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Celeriac (Celery Root) Remoulade

adapted f/ a Julia Child recipe

Pear Clafouti

This is a classic french dessert adapted from a friend's recipe. It's a tad more custardy than some clafouti, but it's nice and light and tastes great year round! If you have fresh pears on hand, substitute those for the tinned; you'll need about 3 pears, peeled, halved, and cored.

Mushrooms Stroganov

This is definitely NOT the bastardized cream-of-mushroom-soup based American version of stroganov, but the real Russian flavor! Add cooked cubed steak if you prefer your Stroganov with meat.

Paprika Roasted Pecans

Soaking the nuts in salt water before you roast them serves two purposes! First, it makes them very sweet because it removes some of the tannins and the corky bits that can make them slightly bitter; second, it gives them a little bit of a salty flavor and keeps them from drying out too much while they roast. The end result is roasted nuts that are sweet and spicy and plump!

Spinach and Lemon Stuffed Mushrooms

adapted f/ America's Test Kitchen

Lo Mein

Slightly adapted from ATK.

Wild Rice Vegetable Bake

f/ simply in season cookbook

Very Good (2 ratings)
Buttermilk Scones

Super fast to put together, this is a basic scone recipe that is very versatile! Great for breakfast, these keep for several days in the fridge.

Very Good (4 ratings)
Black Walnut Cake w/ Ganache Filling

adapted f/ Simply in Season Cookbook. A rich cake--great for special occasions. Please note that this recipe makes 16 servings--this is a very rich cake, so a small slice is totally satisfying (I've even cut it into 24 servings before with no complaints). It's a rich, satisfying dessert despite it's simplicity (or maybe because it's so simple!). Of course, the ganache filling can be skipped, if you prefer another. I generally frost the cake with a simple cream cheese frosting (recipe not included). Depending on how thick you make the filling layer, you may have extra ganache, which can either be drizzled over the cake OR you can let it chill till almost hard, roll it into balls, roll in cocoa powder, and viola! you have truffles.

Incredible! (3 ratings)
Morrocan Venison Tagine w/ Dried Mango & Raisins

adapted f/ Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker (for 2)

Dino Kale Lasagna

A tasty twist on a classic favorite--the ultimate no-noodle-boiling lasagna!

Cranberry Pistachio Lime Shortbread Cookies

adapted f/ a recipe by Liz McCann (

Very Good (1 rating)
Tamari-Roasted Chickpeas

f/ Eat, Drink, and be Vegan

Very Good (18 ratings)
Slow Cooker Roasted Pork Tenderloin Carnitas

A great slow cooker week-night dinner.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Maple Roasted Root Vegetables

Comfort food at its best! Great as a light winter dinner, or as a side dish.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Butternut Squash Sundried Tomato Dip

a tangy, spicy squash dip--great with chips, pitas, on sandwiches, or as a veggie side dish!

Chicken Teriyaki with Coconut Scented Rice

A simple flavorful entree...very quick--great for a weeknight dinner.

Thai Pepper Steak

Must love garlic! Actually, this is more of a peppery dish than anything; great for a quick dinner, and leftovers make scrumptious wraps if you add a handful of greens!

Very Good (2 ratings)
Apricot Lentil Soup

A great cold-weather soup--spicy and fruity.

Very Good (10 ratings)
Peanut Soba Noodles

My staple Asian-inspired noodle side.

Blueberry Pie

a tasty blueberry pie in a whole wheat yoghurt crust

Braised Meat in Spicy African Red Sauce

An Ethiopian-cuisine-inspired dish. Use whatever meat you like, just make sure it has a little fat on it so it doesn't get too dry during cooking (don't worry, you'll remove the fat at the end). Chicken legs (either quarters or thighs and drumsticks) and country-style pork or beef short ribs are all excellent here (though cooking times vary, see note at end).

Although the meat is cooked with a spicy African sauce, I've found the leftovers make amazing burritos/enchiladas.

Very Good (1 rating)
Buffalo-style Chicken Sandwich

A lightened version.

Buttermilk Wheat Bread

A great loaf for any occasion! It may take 5 hours from start to finish, but it's totally worth the effort!

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

The best of spring!

Roasted Vegetables

A pretty veggie side dish for a group; perfect when you just can't resist fresh spring veggies!

Very Good (37 ratings)
Harvest Tomato Tart

A flavorful combination of fresh tomatoes, herbs, and cheese. Works well as a side dish, appetizer or main meal.

Very Good (38 ratings)
Maltese Pizza Crust

A basic pizza crust I learned to make in the Mediterranean.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Saffron Stuffed Bell Peppers

An easy and delicious side.

Black Rice Pudding

A tasty purple pudding. We eat it warm with fresh sliced peaches and mangoes, then cold as breakfast the next morning!

Cheers! Hot Cocoa Mix

Very tasty hot cocoa mix. Depending on the cocoa powder you use (and personal tastes), try adding more cocoa and less splenda!