Lamb and Brown Rice Porridge (Hreessy)

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Hreessy (which is different than harissa, the Tunisian hot paste) is a traditional Lebanese dish made with pearled wheat and lamb or chicken, usually prepared in large quantities and shared with families.  In our village, it is prepared by the groom’s family on his wedding day, among a very large buffet where the whole family is invited to celebrate the …

Roasted Eggplant stuffed with Kale and Buckwheat in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

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The mystery is solved !!  It’s a Hyacinth, a bunch of beautifully blossoming purple ones.  I am so proud of myself.  I had no idea I can garden (I am using that term very loosely).  I’ve never been able to grow anything, even a mint bush died on me last year, but you know, this Spring, something special is in …

Forbidden Rice Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

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 This is one of my favorite salads, inspired by one that I occasionally eat at Whole Foods Fairfax when visiting family. And while theirs is Asian inspired, mine relies on the sweetness of the pineapples and peppers with a hint of sherry vinegar and some agave nectar. It’s simple, flavorful and filling. And more importantly, when I have an upcoming …

Quinoa-stuffed Red Cabbage Salad

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I’ve been attracted to deep colored vegetables lately. I guess I’m ready for Spring, a fresh morning breeze, blossoms on the trees and the sight of new life with all its colorful wonder everywhere. It’s been a long cold winter and I have cabin fever AND I live in the South!! Several years ago, I lived in Vail, Colorado and …