Hungarian Baked Cauliflower with Swiss Cheese – Rakkot Karfiol

I have nothing against plain cauliflower, but adding a light gravy and a good quantity of swiss cheese and breadcrumbs gives it a creamy-crispy golden deliciousness that’s pretty great. Also useful as a vegetarian foil to the sauerkraut and all the pork possible casserole I’ve already posted. Separating the cauliflower out into bite-size pieces is…

Polenta Cheese Bake – Polenta Pasticciata

Jump to Recipe This update to my “Ceci Polenta” recipe is now a casserole with melted cheese and caramelized onions and it’s super easy to make ahead. So yeah, that’s going to automatically make it one of my favorites. Also, having a delicious vegetarian gluten free Italian recipe in my arsenal is not a bad thing…

Welsh Griddle Cakes – Pice ar y maen

Have you ever wished you could have scones that are so delicious you want to eat them like cookies, but rather than baking them you could cook them like pancakes so they’d be golden and slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside? No? That’s ok. You’ll learn. You’ll wish you could have…

Sauerkraut Pork Casserole – Kolozsvári rakott káposzta

If you love Eastern European smoked sausage as much as I do, you’ll find this recipe balances rich smoky meat wonderfully with sauerkraut and spices – made ahead. the melding of the different seasonings is especially delicious.

Salmon Chowder with Dill

This is a family favorite soup recipe, fancier than potato soup but not too complicated for a fish soup, with a lovely well balanced range of flavors. It calls for a few special ingredients, but can be simplified further as long as you have the salmon and dill. We often buy frozen salmon for this…

Quick & Easy Apple Pie Bars

The best part of this is the crispy, crunchy top.  Way better than a traditional pie crust that has to be made separately. Or maybe it’s the way the layer hides gooey caramelized “cake” beneath studded with lots of juicy apple chunks. There certainly isn’t a bottom crust. Who needs it? I think the magazine…

Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”

So delicious, so easy, so colorful – even healthy too! The only problem is having enough – and it becomes slightly more labor intensive if you do it in very large quantities. I recommend recruiting/enslaving some scullions. Or volunteering, if you feel very nice. We’ve made these for everything from summer birthday picnics to Thanksgiving….

Quick & Easy Fish Broth

A long time ago, I really intended to approach this whole international cooking thing very practically. I was going to go cuisine by cuisine, showing what ingredients you should keep in your pantry and combine in different ways to make lots of different dishes. I haven’t exactly followed up on that, despite taking lots of…

Persian Beet Burgers

Like my Sri Lankan Fish Cutlets recipe, this recipe takes fairly basic ingredients and turns them into a dish that’s full of complicated, surprising flavors and very easy to serve people. The recipe came from Louisa Shafia’s New Persian Kitchen cookbook, with a few adjustments for my friends’ allergies and to make it more convenient…

Feasting 101, Step 3: Picking a Menu – Thanksgiving Edition

This year we’re exploring Thanksgiving as an immigrant holiday, in the broadest terms. We hoping to have the menu to reflect the people around the table and where they’ve come from (this could be in terms of heritage, family memories or even recent experiences).

Baked Corn Casserole

When we serve this dish at holiday or birthday feasts, it’s almost always the first pan emptied, no matter what else we make – comfort food at its finest.