Posts Tagged‘Soups and Salads’

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Soup is a hard sell in our house. But thick, creamy stews, well they get eaten up right away.  Chicken and dumplings is not a meal I grew up with but my sister first made for us about a year ago.  I love it, my kids love it, even MarocBaba loves it. Summer in the Midwest is humid and oppressive at times.  We wait months and months (sometimes 8 or more!) for the sun to finally break through and warm things up. Some nights the humidity lingers making your clothes stick to your back and your tongue thick in your…

Strawberry Lemonade Salad with Goat Cheese

Strawberry Lemonade Salad

When you think of summer, what are some of the first food items that pop into your mind? Me? It’s strawberries and lemonade. I’m joining a monthly blogging group where we’ll share a new salad each month. My salad contributions are most likely going to contain very little lettuce – I just can’t eat it after surgery. But I promise they will be healthy and delicious.  This month take a big bite of this strawberry lemonade salad. I am so in love with this salad.  It’s simple, and a fantastic way to clean out your fruit drawer.  I think it…

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Do your kids cringe at the sight of cooked carrots?  One of the easiest and most delicious Moroccan salads is this cooked carrot salad served at room temperature and dressed with a simple vinaigrette. When I was growing up I, like many other kids, wasn’t too fond of cooked vegetables. But, fresh vegetables well that was another story.  Every summer my grandpa grew a huge backyard garden.  He left one corner for my sister and me to plant our own garden. He grew row after row of carrots, beans, tomatoes, rutabaga (which I didn’t even realize was a turnip until…

Moroccan white beans in red sauce

Loubia {Bean} Salad in Tomato Sauce

If you asked my mom, she would probably tell you I wasn’t a very adventurous eater when I was a child. I liked all of the things every other Midwestern child liked.  Hot dogs and hamburgers, casseroles, and of course heavy doses of starches like pasta, bread, and potatoes. It’s what we ate.  It’s what I loved – and I still do. My palate was small but well tested. I always knew there was more out there.   There were more tastes, more ingredients, more flavors that were waiting for me in the cities and countries I visited in my…

Moroccan Potato Salad

Moroccan Potato Salad

My favorite part of a Moroccan meal isn’t the main dish. I have never really loved meat and, at least with my mother-in-law, most of the meals are pretty heavy in that department. No, my favorite part of the meal is the salad assortment that comes out first. I think my love of tapas in Spain and cicchetti in Italy inspire my love of the salad offerings. Truthfully, I’d be happy to just eat these and nothing else. I used to think that there was a specific salad served with each main dish, and while this can be true, often times salads…

Frijol con Carne with Condiments

Leftover Remix: Soup Frijol con Carne #SundaySupper

I often have leftover rice but the main dish has been eaten up.  I don’t think rice reheats very well but I have remade it into fried rice.  As I was getting ready for this week’s Sunday Supper I came across another use.  I’m making Frijol con Carne in honor of our upcoming vacation to the Caribbean.  Frijol con Puerco is a Yucatan dish that is widely eaten in Cozumel (one of the stops on our vacation).  Traditionally this soup is made with pork but after consulting a few friends who knew more about the region than I do, beef…

Chicken Salad and Harissa Dressing

Chicken Salad with Harissa Dressing and Date, Tamarind, Walnut Briouats

The first few days of Ramadan I am always excited to prepare meals that we rarely have during the rest of the year.  However by the end of the first week I start to notice bits and pieces of leftovers in my fridge and my enthusiasm begins to wane. Some of my favorite dinners are conceived using leftovers and pantry items that are taking up space.  Normally I don’t serve leftovers to guests but sometimes a last minute visit occurs and I don’t have a lot of time to prepare a big meal. This salad was born with that thought…

A Vegetarian Eid al Adha with Saffron Road Food

Eid al Adha is right around the corner (Sunday) and is perhaps most well known as the “sheep holiday”.  Muslim families purchase a live ram and on the morning of Eid sacrifice the animal.  This is done as a remembrance of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on God’s command.  At the last minute God replaced Ismail with a ram.  After the sacrifice families separate the ram into three parts; one for themselves, one to share with friends or family and one to donate to the poor. Many women pride themselves on creating a wonderful meal on Eid, making many…