Sautéed chard

Delicious no-salt chard I recently ate this chard at a friend’s house, and he was bragging about how it didn’t have any salt in it. It was delicious, and I asked for the recipe. “Oh, you just saute it in olive oil,” he said. “Liar,” I said. In the end, he admitted there was more […]

Spinach soup

Cold day, warm appetizer or lunch It hardly ever snows in Portland anymore, thanks to global warming. But when it does, the kids get really excited and rush out to play in it. Coming from the Northeast, I always think it’s funny when the kids are excited about two inches of snow. How to make […]

Potato-squash puffs

Delicious, nutitious party treats! I was running a free store, and somebody brought these and left them on the food table. I’d been working all day and missed lunch, and I was starving, and when I found these they were so good! Sadly, the person who brought them was long gone, and so I had […]

Vegetable soup

French cafeteria food As a child in France, I used to get this soup at least once a week in the school cantine as the appetizer for winter lunches. I loved it, and so did everyone else. How much better than just plain carrot sticks or boiled carrots! (For another yummy carrot recipe, try candied carrots.) How to […]

Latkes with vegetables

Why use vegetables instead of potatoes? These have a lot more flavor than just potato latkes, and they’re less fattening too. My kids like vegetable latkes so much that I make them even when it’s not Hanukkah. I also often make them for company, when the company involves a lot of allergies and food restrictions, […]

Twice baked potatoes

Cooking for Occupy Portland Last fall when I was cooking for Occupy Portland, we needed to make dinner for about a thousand people a night (no kidding!) with whatever jumble of ingredients people happened to have donated. One winner was these twice baked potatoes – they’re cheap, they’re easy to make, and they’re easy to […]

Turnips au gratin

Why turnips and not potatoes? You could make this with potatoes, but turnips have much more flavor. And turnips have fewer calories, too. How to make turnips gratin: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Slice two large turnips very thin (about 1/8 inch thick). In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/4 stick of butter […]