Mung Bean Sprouts

Canning jar full of sprouted mung beans in a refrigerator

I learned about mung bean sprouts from an old friend who became a natural-food enthusiast in the early seventies. Every time I visited her home, I noticed a jar of sprouts in her dish drainer—so I asked her about them. She explained her simple process, and I’m forever grateful to her. I make them frequently, […]

Baked Eggplant Slices

sliced of baked eggplant on a baking sheet

Good news! No need to salt the eggplant for this process. This is quick and easy. Serve as an appetizer, side dish, or pair it with pasta and marinara. My favorite thing to do with baked eggplant slices is this Eggplant Sandwich which you can make when the eggplant comes out of the oven or […]

Basic Black Beans

Ziploc baggie full of uncooked black beans

Yellow or orange bell peppers are particularly nice in this dish. When they are abundant in the summer, I highly recommend freezing as many as you can so you have them on hand as long as possible (see post link below for how to freeze bell peppers). Fresh-frozen celeriac is another way to get a […]

Slow Roasting Roma (Plum) Tomatoes

slices of roma tomatoes on cookie sheets in the oven

Roma tomatoes, a variety of plum tomatoes, are dense in flavor and best known for making sauces and pastes. When I have them in abundance, I love to slow roast them to concentrate their flavors even more and then freeze them so I can enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes all winter long. These little […]

Simple Bread & Tomato Salad

Bread and tomato salad in a wood bowl

Think of this salad as a tomato sandwich in a bowl. Bread, tomatoes, and oil are the stars, and you can improvise from there.   How To Make a Simple Bread & Tomato Salad Plan for roughly one part toasted bread, one part tomatoes, any optional additions you want, and a vinaigrette. On this late summer […]

Grilled Sweet Corn

Four ears of grilled sweet corn on a white plate on a blue tablecloth

Fresh sweet corn on the cob will be great no matter how you cook it, especially if you cook it the same day you get it. Here’s my favorite method: Shuck the husks completely, brush the corn with olive and grill on a high flame for ten minutes, turning frequently. Serve right away, with butter […]

Grilled Fennel

Grilled fennel bulb sliced in half on a white plate

Grilled fennel is so simple and it tastes amazing. Serve it as an appetizer or side dish — or just devour it straight off the grill.    I recommend using a grill basket coated with a bit of oil. Smaller bulbs of fennel will fall apart and that’s OK. Having the fennel stay together in […]