Archive / January, 2015


Hungarian Goulash Spice Blend

Hungarian Goulash Blend is a versatile mix of Eastern European spices and herbs that have been used for centuries in that part of the world, and will complement meats, vegetables and beans in your 21st Century kitchen. Used in braised meats and rich stews, the cuisine of the Balkans, Hungary and Czechoslavakia come to life […]


The Eggplant and I

Since I did not grow up eating eggplant, it’s journey into my diet started in adulthood as my cooking and gardening took me to many places. Solanum melongena, a member of the poisonous nightshade family of plants, is also a close relative to tomatoes, potatoes, garden peppers such as sweet bell and the hotter varieties, […]


Liquid Rubies

One of the best-kept secrets in America is the wonderfulness of pomegranate molasses, or pomegranate syrup.  It is the boiled down juice of pomegranate fruit, which is very much in health watch news these days.  This jewel of the Middle East and Mediterranean region is so very easy to find these days in the United […]

Winter Warmers

Now that the holiday season and all it’s overindulgence is behind us, winter sets in and we feel the need for basic, warming comfort foods.  Escaping from the cold into a warm home fragrant with the rich aromas of hot foods takes the chill from our bones, and makes the world right.  A good, slow-braised […]


Get Fresh With Ham

The first time I ever sat down to a meal of fresh ham, an invisible question mark hung over my head the whole time.  The name alone was a contradiction.  Hams are cured and sometimes aged.  Maybe that was it–the thing might be injected with solution, then released for sale immediately, I thought.  Or, maybe, […]