Recipes

Caveat #1: I only sort of use recipes or measure things. I certainly look at a lot of recipes, but I consider them jumping off points rather than strict guidelines. That’s part of the fun of cooking and how discoveries are made and ingredients that are lying around get used! However this means that most of these recipes are more like sort-of recipes. The measurements and cooking times are not really exact, but I hope they will provide usable guidelines and inspiration for creating your own dishes.  And always remember, you know your tastes better than anyone else does, so if you really like a spice, add a bit more, if you can’t handle much sourness, add a bit less, and so on.  Take charge!

Caveat #2: I am not very good with technology. Therefore, I cannot for the life of me figure out how I could isolate and link just to the recipe parts of my posts. So, these links go to the full posts. The (sort-of) recipes tend to be toward the bottom, but some of them are embedded within the posts. So, just pretend that I’m your grandma (well, except I’m in my late 20’s), hanging out in the kitchen with you and telling you stories and bits of philosophy while giving you cooking suggestions.  Also, someday I will figure out how to do jumps, down to each category in this index.  Today is not yet that day.

Cooking 101

Cooking mantra #1

Handy spice and herb combinations

Homemade ricotta cheese

How to make stew and stew-like dishes (curries, tagines, and chili)

Omelet basics

Pan roasted pork chop and pan sauce basics (with four example variations)

Roasting root vegetables

Sauteed greens, basic recipe (such as chard, kale, collards, etc.)

Soft scrambled eggs

 

Appetizers and Snacks

Beet, fig, and goat cheese tart

Black pepper shortbread with chevre, pinenuts, and marinated summer squash

Broccoli and ginger dumplings

Butternut squash caponata

Chorizo empanadas with roasted peppers and arugula

Crostini with goat cheese and Meyer lemon, green olive, fig relish

Crostini with ricotta, kale and winter squash

Little buns stuffed with olive, cheese, and sausage, or apples and brie

Mushroom, spinach and Talleggio roulade

Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancakes)

Parmesan tart with Caesar salad topping

Pistachio cherry travel cakes

Pork liver pate

Ricotta with honeyed grape compote

Rustic butternut squash and goat cheese tart

Spinach, balsamic onion, goat cheese galette

Spinach pancakes with mint-lime yogurt sauce

Spring rolls with mango, avocado, and crab

Stuffed grape leaves with goat cheese, mint, olives, and raisins

Sweet potato and leeks cakes with cardamom

Turkish stuffed flatbreads

 

Beverages

Buttermilk peach smoothie

Dirty chai latte (chai latte with espresso)

Honey bee latte

The “Honeycrisp” (a rye whiskey and hard cider cocktail)

Hot chocolate

Rosemary lemon champagne cocktail

Strawberry drinking vinegar

The Mamie Taylor (a whiskey and ginger beer cocktail)

 

Breads and pastries (does not include pies/quiches or pizza topping ideas)

Applesauce cheddar bread

Bagels

Baguette

Boller (cardamom raisin buns)

Brown butter pumpkin (or other winter squash) loaf with brown butter icing

Cheesy, savory winter squash muffins

Cinnamon-swirl challah

Em’s buns (sweet or savory stuffed buns)

Focaccia with roasted tomatoes

Ginger banana bread with cardamom crunch topping

Gingerbread

Greek yogurt biscuits

Jam-filled scones

Lefse (Norwegian potato flatbread)

Milk bread

Orange cardamom yogurt cake

Orange sticky buns with olive oil dough

Pear and fig muffins

Pie crust

Pizza dough

Prosciutto and mozzarella bread

Pumpkin cranberry bread

Raspberry muffins (best ever)

Rustic, crusty sourdough loaf

Skolebrød (Norwegian sweet buns with vanilla custard and coconut icing)

Strawberry buttermilk bread

Sweet potato biscuits

Syrian flatbread (like a cross between pita and naan)

Vanilla bean scones with bourbon soaked fruit

 

Breakfast

Baked eggs with mushrooms, greens, and ham

Baked eggs with spinach and za’atar

Breakfast arepas (corn cakes) with avocado and egg

Cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs

Frittata with mushrooms, chevre, and thyme

Ginger banana bread with cardamom crunch topping

Goat cheese popovers with maple blueberry sauce

Grilled bread with thyme pesto, lemon cream, and a fried egg

Hardboiled egg, avocado, and pickled onion sandwich

Homemade bagels

Jam-filled (spelt) scones

Norwegian heart waffles (vaffler)

Norwegian pancakes (pannekaker)

Orange sticky buns with olive oil dough

Pear and fig muffins

Pear and Gouda Dutch baby

Poached eggs with sweet potato and brussels sprouts

Quiche with smoked salmon and spinach

Raspberry muffins

Rice pudding with brown butter fig sauce

Scrambled eggs with chipotle, onions, and tomatoes

Soft scrambled eggs

Strata with mushrooms, sweet potato, and bacon

Sweet potato breakfast gnocchi

Sweet potato rosti with avocado and smoked salmon

Truffled (or not) potato pancakes with fried eggs

Vanilla bean scones

Vanilla nut granola (grain free)

(Christmas morning) Vegetable frittata

Warm custard spoon bread

 

Cookies

Black pepper shortbread

Bouchon Bakery chocolate chip cookies

Cardamom currant snickerdoodles

Coconut lemon shortbread

coconut macaroons

Hazelnut coconut grahams with chocolate and sea salt

Molasses spice cookies (grain, gluten, and refined sugar free)

Serinakaker – vanilla shortbread thumbprint cookies

Slumdog Millionaire’s shortbread (shortbread with coconut cream and spiced ganache)

 

Desserts

Apple cake with caramel glaze

Baked rice pudding with rhubarb sauce

Brown butter rhubarb cake (rabarbra kake med brun smør)

Carrot cake (the World’s Best!!)

Chocolate-cherry trifle

Chocolate dipped figs

Chocolate pudding, the ultimate

Cinnamon snack cake (kanelkake)

Creamy chocolate mousse

Creamy peanut butter pie

Dark chocolate ganache tartelettes

Fastelavens boller (Norwegian Fat Tuesday buns)

Finnish strawberry tart

Gingerbread

Huckleberry peach pie

Jorrun’s rhubarb torte

Lemon cream tartelettes

Lemon pudding cakes

Milk chocolate and nutmeg tart with hazelnut crust

Old fashioned bread pudding

Orange cardamom yogurt cake

Peach crisp with brown butter shortbread crumble

Pistachio cherry travel cakes

Plum and bourbon swirl ice cream

Raspberry ice cream sandwiches with coconut lemon shortbread

Rhubarb compote and whipped cream parfait (rabarbrasuppe med pisket krem)

Roasted apples with ginger mousse and cinnamon breadcrumbs

Roasted strawberries with honeyed, whipped chevre

Salted caramel ice cream with dark chocolate bits

Sesame ginger chocolate mousse

Strawberry rhubarb crisp

Strawberry rhubarb mini galettes

Strawberry shortcake

Veiled farm girls (tilslørte bondepiker) with pear parfait of pear compote, cardamom spiced breadcrumbs, and whipped cream

Yogurt cake with pear and dark chocolate

 

Fruits

Applesauce

Bacon Lettuce Chevre and Cherry Sandwich

Brown butter fig sauce

Buttermilk peach smoothie

Caprese salad with nectarines and tomatoes

Celery and apple salad with raisins, capers, and mint

Cranberry-fig chutney

Cranberry pear sauce

Kale and persimmon salad with avocado

Meyer lemon, green olive, and fig relish

Pear soup with pancetta and blue cheese

Quick pickled cucumber and melon salad

Roasted apples with ginger mousse and cinnamon breadcrumbs

Roasted butternut squash and apples

Roasted plums with bay leaf creme anglaise

Roasted strawberries with whipped chevre and honey

Strawberry gazpacho

Warm fall (or winter) slaw with chevre

Winter panzanella (bread salad with winter vegetables and apples)

 

Meat (beef, pork, lamb)

Beef kebabs with salsa verde

Beef short ribs, braised in wine

Braised country style pork ribs

Carnitas piled atop cornbread, with avocado, caramelized corn, and salsa

Chile beef enchiladas with roasted tomatillo-poblano sauce

Chorizo with grilled flatbread and charred vegetables

Coconut and Thai curry soup with pork meatballs

Congee (Chinese rice porridge) with pork

Greek-spice shepherd’s pie

Italian sausage burgers

Keema (ground) beef curry

Korean pork and kimchi tacos

Lamb braised with lemon and rosemary

Lamb chops with coconut mint sauce

Lamb chops with pesto

Meatloaf

My favorite curry (lamb or goat)

Pan fried pork chops with cranberry-fig chutney

Pork braised with beer and cinnamon

Pork tortas with jicama slaw

Shepherd’s pie with kale

Thai red curry with pork and vegetables

 

Pasta (doesn’t include pasta salad)

Baked winter squash (butternut) pasta

Creamy orecchiette with peas, pancetta, and mint

Creamy pasta with chicken, greens, and feta

Pappardelle with steak and roasted tomato cream sauce

Pasta a la puttanesca

Pasta with burrata and kale-roasted garlic sauce

Pasta with butternut squash and Italian sausage

Pasta with caramelized leeks

Pasta with cauliflower and bacon

Pasta with eggplant, tomatoes, and fresh ricotta

“Raviogies” (sweet and regular potato raviolis with cheddar and goat cheese) in creamy mushroom sauce

Ricotta gnocchi with butter braised summer squash

Ricotta gnocchi with creamy goat cheese, artichoke, lemon sauce

Sweet potato gnocchi

Tuna noodle casserole, redux

White lasagne with asparagus and mushrooms

 

Poultry

Chicken and artichokes in white wine sauce

Chicken and butternut squash chili

Chicken and pumpkin tagine with garlicky couscous

Chicken and spinach quesadilla

Chicken enchiladas

Chicken marinated in yogurt, cardamom, and spices

Curried chicken salad

Dill-scented roast chicken with leeks and potatoes

Roasted chicken legs, simply

Roasted chicken legs with warm tomato vinaigrette

“Spanakopita-Rice” with chicken

Spicy sriracha chicken salad

Warm chard salad with roasted chicken and bacon vinaigrette

 

Quiche and Savory Pie

Beet tart with figs, chevre, balsamic syrup, and mint

Carrot and pea hand pies with feta

Cauliflower and cheddar souffle

Corn and bacon pie

Heirloom tomato tart

Ricotta, spinach, and butternut squash pie

Savory tart with leeks, kale and Cantal (or Gruyere)

Smoked salmon and spinach quiche

 

Salads

Arugula and delicata salad with pomegranate and pine nuts

Avocado, bacon, and grilled peach salad with creamy herb dressing

Beets and arugula with horseradish cream

Beets with mint yogurt sauce

Braised leeks with mustard vinaigrette

Broccoli salad with bacon, pecans, and cherries

Broccoli salad with tomato, avocado, and pepitas

Cabbage and kohlrabi slaw (with mint, cranberries, and honey-lemon vinaigrette)

Caesar salad tart

(Zingy) Celery and apple salad with raisins, capers, and mint

Celery root (celeriac) and apple slaw(or remoulade)

Cucumber yogurt salad

Green bean salad with lemon-tarragon dressing

Greek salad with winter vegetables

Grilled kale salad with figs, beets, and ricotta

Italian mushroom and celery salad

Kale salad with avocado and persimmon

Moroccan carrots

Moroccan-spiced warm red cabbage salad

Orzo pasta salad with glazed beets, greens, feta and cumin dressing

Orzo pasta salad with mixed herb pistou and veggies

Potato salad with chard and bacon

Quick pickled cucumber melon salad

Roasted carrot and avocado salad with citrus dressing

Roasted eggplant, artichoke, spinach salad

Roasted potato and radish salad with zesty yogurt dressing

Roasted pumpkin winter salad

Sturdy green salad with lemon-yogurt dressing

Summer salad with smoked trout

Sweet and sour slaw

Thai-style cabbage salad

Warm chard salad with roasted chicken and bacon vinaigrette

Warm fall slaw with chevre

Warm potato salad with brown butter vinaigrette

Winter panzanella (bread salad)

Winter vegetable fattoush

 

Sandwiches and Pizza

BLC-squared (Bacon lettuce chevre and cherries)

Caccio e pepe pizza with roasted radishes

Catfish banh mi

Cornbread topped with carnitas, caramelized corn, avocado, and salsa

Crab “toasties” (crab melts) with avocado

Croque madame with spring garlic

Curried chicken salad

Curried tuna salad with apples and raisins

“The farmer’s lunch”

Fried scallop sandwich with salsa verde mayo

Grilled bread with thyme pesto, lemon cream, and a fried egg

Heavenly grilled cheese with brie and tomato

Indian spiced fish sandwiches

Italian sausage burgers with garlicky spinach

Korean pork and kimchi tacos

Mushroom, spinach and Taleggio cheese roulade

My favorite pizza topping combos list

Pizza with lemons, mozzarella, olives, rosemary, and prosciutto

Pork tortas with jicama slaw

Spring tacos with asparagus, pickled radish, avocado, and feta

Stromboli with Italian meatballs (and some veggies)

Sweet potato and avocado panini (with goat cheese)

Tartine with goat cheese and confit tomatoes

Tartine with parsnip, pear, and blue cheese

Turkish stuffed flatbreads

Winter squash and cheese calzones

 

Sauces, salad dressings, spreads, and dips

Endlessly useful balsamic vinaigrette

Beet tzatziki

Broccoli pesto

Butternut squash caponata

Caesar salad dressing

Chanterelle cream sauce

Cilantro vinaigrette

Herb jam

Lemon-tarragon butter

Lemony dressing

Lemon tangerine curd

Lemon yogurt and herb dressing

Mint-lime yogurt dipping sauce

Mustard vinaigrette

Onion confit (aka “melted onions”)

Pickled green tomatoes

Quick tomato sauce

Red pepper, onion, and raisin confit

Roasted orange chutney

Roasted tomatillo enchilada sauce

Salsa verde

Smokey peach butter

Spicy mayo

Spring pea puree

Thyme pesto

Tzatziki (cucumber-mint yogurt sauce)

 

Seafood

Cajun shrimp (en flambe, if you wish)

Catfish banh mi

Crab and cheddar melts (crab toasties) with avocado

Cream roasted salmon with lemon and pepper sauce

Fish cakes from whitefish

Flounder with lemon-garlic-thyme sauce

Fried scallop sandwich with salsa verde mayo

Indian spiced fish sandwiches

Mediterranean inspired, fresh fish tacos

Pepper crusted salmon cakes with horseradish sauce

Risotto with lemon, peas, and shrimp

Mustard-baked salmon with cranberry sauce

Salmon cakes with spicy mayo

Salmon tacos with avocado salsa

Salmon with maple-garlic-soy sauce

Salmon, roasted, with gravlax style marinade

Shrimp and avocado tacos

Summer salad with smoked trout

Tuna noodle casserole, redux

Vindaloo curry with parsnips and fish

 

Soups

Broccoli soup with Parmesan and lemon

Cabbage, sausage, and potato soup

Celeriac and apple soup with paprika swirl and chorizo chips

Chicken and butternut squash chili

Chilled avocado, cucumber, buttermilk soup

Coconut and Thai curry soup with meatballs

Creamy cauliflower soup

Creamy kabocha squash soup

Fiery roasted tomato soup (roasted tomato soup with Harissa)

Minestrone

Parsnip and leek soup with croutons

Pea soup with coconut and ginger

Pear soup with pancetta and blue cheese

Roasted bell pepper soup

Roasted carrot soup with citrus and cumin

Soupe au pistou (summer vegetable soup with herbs)

Spinach and pine nut soup

Strawberry gazpacho

Sweet corn soup with cilantro and avocado-lime smash

Winter vegetable soup

 

Starches and some other sides

Baked sweet potatoes with lime butter

Beet green and ricotta gnudi (ricotta dumplings)

Chive (or scallion) pancakes

Congee (Chinese rice porridge)

Garlicky couscous with raisins and pecans

Gingery kimchi fried rice

Grilled corn with smokey peach butter

Gorgonzola pudding

Israeli couscous with butternut squash and cilantro sauce

Kohlrabi fries with chili and cumin

Leek and artichoke bread pudding

Lefse (Norwegian potato flatbread)

Lemony risotto with shrimp and peas

Panade with leeks, greens, and Gruyere

Parsnips with dates and tahini yogurt sauce

Pasta, homemade

Polenta hiding mozzarella and lemony greens

Potato latkes with bleu cheese

Potato salad with chard and bacon

Summer squash and rice gratin with gruyere and salsa verde

Sweet corn polenta with broccoli pesto

 

Vegetables

Asparagus, grilled, with lemon-anchovy vinaigrette

Asparagus with lemon and mustard

Basic recipe for sauteed greens (such as chard, kale, collards, etc.)

Beets, apple cider glazed with curry

Beets with mint yogurt sauce

Beets, roasted, with horseradish cream

Broccoli, apple, and cheddar gratin

Broccoli, grilled, with pickled raisins and shallots

Broccoli, roasted, with preserved lemon

Broccoli salad with tomatoes, avocados, and pepitas

Braised Brussels sprouts with bacon

Brussels sprouts with garlic and molasses

Brussels sprouts with kimchi and sesame

Butternut Squash and Apples

Butternut Squash, twice baked

Buttery Browned Cabbage

Cauliflower, roasted with garam masala

Cauliflower, roasted, with harissa creme fraiche and pomegranate

Cauliflower sautee with garlic bread crumbs

Charred Brussels sprouts (aka “perfect Brussels sprouts)

Corn, grilled, with smokey peach butter

Cream and ginger braised cabbage (aka “suspiciously delicious” cabbage)

Eggplant caponata

Eggplant curry

Elotes (Mexican street fair corn)

Green beans, Greek slow cooked

Green beans with lemon-tarragon dressing

Greens with Indian spices

Hakurei turnip puree with garlic

Kohlrabi fries with chili and cumin

Leeks with mustard vinaigrette

Moroccan carrots

Moroccan-spiced warm red cabbage salad

Parsnips and dates with tahini yogurt

Pyttipanna – winter mixed vegetable hash, with ricotta

Roasted root vegetables

Root vegetable gratin

Sauteed greens with vinaigrette

Spaghetti squash with cauliflower, anchovies, currants, and pine nuts

Spaghetti squash with pesto

Spinach with raisins and nuts

Spring vegetable jumble with lemon-tarragon butter

Sugar snap peas with turmeric, mustard, and tarragon

Summer squash and rice gratin with gruyere and salsa verde

Sweet and sour red cabbage

Sweet potatoes, baked, with lime butter

Sweet potato oven fries

Sweet potatoes with andouille sausage

Swiss chard gratin

Whipped parsnips with sour cream

 

Vegetarian Main Dish

Baked winter squash (butternut) pasta

Beet green and ricotta gnudi (cheesy dumplings)

Broccoli, apple, and cheddar gratin

Broccoli and ginger dumplings with soy-ginger dipping sauce

Caccio e pepe pizza with roasted radishes

Carrot and pea hand pies with feta

Cauliflower and cheddar souffle

Gingery kimchi fried rice

Grilled bread with thyme pesto, lemon cream, and a fried egg

Israeli couscous with butternut squash and cilantro sauce

Leek and artichoke bread pudding

Mushroom-falafels

Mushroom ragout with cheddar mashed root vegetables

Orzo pasta salad with glazed beets, greens, and cumin dressing

Pan-roasted carrots and raisins with carrot top sauce and a poached egg

Panade of leeks, greens, and Gruyere

Parmesan tart with Caesar salad topping

Parsnips and dates with tahini yogurt

Pear and Gouda savory Dutch Baby

Polenta hiding mozzarella and lemony greens

Rustic butternut squash and goat cheese tart

Savory tart with leeks, greens, and cheese (and a cornmeal crust)

Spinach, balsamic onion goat cheese galette

Spinach pancakes with mint-lime yogurt sauce

Spinach ricotta butternut squash pie

Spring tacos with asparagus, avocado, pickled radish, and feta

Sweet corn polenta with broccoli pesto

Sweet potato and avocado panini with chevre

Turkish stuffed flatbread with fresh mozzarella and za’atar greens

Twice Baked Butternut Squash

Vegetable potpies with sweet potato biscuit topping

White lasagne with asparagus and mushrooms

Winter squash and cheese calzones

Winter vegetable fattoush

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