Squash and Dumplings

Vegetarians often substitute beans, tofu, or seitan for meat in comfort food recipes, but these can often strike the wrong note.  When I recall my mother’s chicken and dumplings, I remember a light broth with a simple stew and a shredded texture.  Summer squash gives the texture and light flavor to this version. Ingredients for…

Chana Dal Dumplings In Tamarind Sauce

I often accumulate ingredients with no real plan for how i’ll use them.  Tamarind paste — sure, why not! But then after the jar of tamarind paste had sat in the fridge for a few weeks, i came across this recipe:  Lentil Dumplings Simmered in a Sweet Tamarind Sauce, and decided i would make it….

Garlic Pickle

I’m a salt person, and Halloween is a sugar holiday.  When trying to figure out things to take to an “appetizers and booze” party, it was a challenge to come up with something seasonal yet savory.  Then PostLibyan reminded me of vampires.  I tend to think that there’s nothing that couldn’t be made better by…

An Introduction to The Pantry Key

Minos has a daughter with a prodigious appetite.  The panty must remain locked, or Rose will eat her out of house and home. PostLibyan wanted to participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and in order to do that you have to have a food blog. Both Minos and PostLibyan love to cook.  Minos…