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Turn up the heat on home cooking

Shrimp dish with a kick

  The 2010 FIFA World Cup is heating up this week, with the eight remaining teams fighting for their life in a single-elimination tournament.  That means there’s still time left to hold a knock-out World Cup party, cheering on your favorite team (USA is already out, by the way) with a dish or two from their native lands.      Tuesday’s match at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time promises to be exciting, with the two countries of the Iberian Peninsula going head to… Read More »

Fatoush for salad days of summer

One of my favorite summer salads  is Fatoush, a Middle Eastern bread salad made with pita and a savory blend of cherry tomatoes.  cucumber, mint, cilantro and parsley. It makes a perfect dinner on a hot night, and it gets a little kick from the zahtar, an aromatic herb and spice blend used widely in the Middle East. You can order fresh zahtar from a Petaluma company called Whole Spice, which sources premium herbs and grinds it all fresh.  (wholespice.com)  This recipe… Read More »

A nutty sauce for kebabs

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this warm weather, mostly because it makes dinner time a snap. Just  throw some protein on the barbie, make a quick salad and you’re good to go.  This recipe, from Jamie Purviance for Weber, offers a simple marinade for chicken with a killer sauce made from toasted walnuts, roasted red bell peppers, balsamic vinegar, bread crumbs and cumin.  It’s great on chicken, and I suspect it would be good on cardboard, it’s… Read More »

A cake for all reasons

As a June baby, I have a particular affinity for garden parties. Sitting outdoors in my garden, where I am usually  weeding and digging and pruning,  is a rare event. Throw in a few friends  and a sweet treat or two, and I am in heaven. This June, for the first time in many years, I will be not throwing a garden party for my birthday. I’ll be back in  Philadelphia  with my family. As a gift, I am leaving behind… Read More »