Christmas Feast #2: Tropical Salad

If I saw this recipe in a fru-fru cookbook or trendy cooking magazine I probably would not have tried it. I sometimes suspect recipes like these of being designed by a food editor to photograph well without much thought for the flavor combinations. But I’ve┬átried several unusual salads from this cookbook before and always found…

Christmas Feast #1: Ecuadorian Quinoa Soup

This year I planned our Christmas dinner around Ecuadorian food from a cookbook I received the Christmas before. Our soup course was Quinoa Soup with Pork, which bubbled away happily in the background as we put together the other courses. And it made plenty for leftovers another day, always a good thing in this house.