Monthly Archives: October 2010

Quick Jamaican Red Beans and Rice

This is a shortcut version of a traditional Jamaican favorite, there simply called “rice and peas” (though the “peas” are actually small red beans). I first learned to make this the authentic way from a Jamaican friend—cooking the beans from scratch and cracking open and grating a whole coconut. Each Sunday, as I learned from […]

Pumpkin Mini-Loaves

These pumpkin-flavored mini loaf breads make a nice gift to bring when you visit friends and relatives over the winter holidays; it’s also an easy everyday treat, full of nutritious ingredients, to make and enjoy at home. A mug of hot cocoa is the very best companion for this.

Chocolate Nut Cookies

These nutty chocolate cookies have a nice crackle top highlighted by the use of powdered sugar. If you need a nice big batch of easy little cookies, these are a good choice.

Mixed Greens with Apples, Carrots, and Pickled Beets

Here’s a simple, colorful salad of mixed greens with crunchy carrots, tart apples, and pickled beets that harmonizes well with everyday or holiday meals and adds little hands-on prep time.

Pineapple Rice Pudding

Kids of all ages can enjoy this updated comfort food — rice pudding —as a snack or dessert, or even as an offbeat lunch box offering, packed in a thermos. This version is made with brown rice, almond milk, and for extra fruity flavor, crushed pineapple.

Apples: Varieties and Benefits

Fall pleasures abound in New York’s Hudson Valley, where I make my home: Crisp days, cool nights, dazzling foliage, pumpkins on the roadside. I love all these autumn touchstones, but one of my fondest memories is of apple-picking outings with my kids when they were young. We returned home with barrels of apples to cook […]

West African-Style Peanut and Okra Stew

This peanut and okra stew is a westernized version of a typical African dish, made in various ways around the continent. I first made this stew as part of an “African feast” at my kids’ school some years ago in conjunction with a class project. Privately, I doubted that any of the kids, then third and […]