Sicilian chickpeas with escarole and caramelized onion

I had my doubts about this one. Caramelized onions are always good, but raisins? Escarole? Wrong! It was very tasty. I should have known. I’ve cooked other weird sounding Sicilian dishes and they’ve always been good. A couple of things with this recipe: I cooked the onions in advance because, no matter what a recipe… Continue reading Sicilian chickpeas with escarole and caramelized onion

Porcini mushroom and barley soup

I know, not a very attractive picture. It’s hard to make mushroom soup look good! This was a pretty basic soup recipe. Dried mushrooms, fresh mushrooms, barley, carrot/celery/onion. It’s pretty good. The liquid from rehydrating the mushrooms gives it a good flavour boost. I normally would use vegetable broth when making a vegetarian soup, but… Continue reading Porcini mushroom and barley soup

Summer white bean salad with basil and tomatoes

After making the soup, I still have white beans left. So I decided to make the summer white bean salad. I love dishes like this – a few ingredients that work well together and only takes 5 minutes to throw together. No need for complicated recipes! I don’t normally eat fresh tomatoes out of season,… Continue reading Summer white bean salad with basil and tomatoes

Pasta and white bean soup w/ rosemary and garlic

I have lots of broth in the freezer that needs used (so more can be transferred from the old place!), so I made this soup from Bishop’s book. Essentially it is Pasta e Fagioli, which, surprisingly, I’ve actually never made before. I started with a large pot of his cannellini beans recipe. Basically you simmer… Continue reading Pasta and white bean soup w/ rosemary and garlic

Asparagus, shallot, basil and parm frittata

Asparagus season is here!!!! It feels like spring took forever to get here. Local produce has barely started up here in the Big White North. I’ve been eating the rhubarb that’s been growing in my garden, but that’s about it. But finally, local asparagus is in the stores! Asparagus is one of those things that… Continue reading Asparagus, shallot, basil and parm frittata

May/June selection: The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook

With the first book under my belt, it’s time to turn my attention to the next – Jack Bishop’s The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: 350 Recipes for Inspired Everyday Eating. I have eaten a lot of Italian food over the past four years and – having essentially joined an Italian family – learned what that… Continue reading May/June selection: The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook