New Year’s Pelau

Yes, it is currently almost a week after Valentine’s Day (did you see the lovely flowers  the HH got for me, after my oh-so-subtle prodding?), and I’m just posting my recipe from New Year’s Eve.  Sure, you might think, “Wow, that Ricki is really slow at posting her recipes!”  But what I think is, “Wow, I managed […]

Go Ahead, Indulge: Baked Millet-Squash Porridge

[How to indulge on a Sunday morning.] Recently, a friend emailed me a link to this interview with Bel Kaufman (author of the legendary novel Up the Down Staircase). What struck me most about Kaufman (apart from the fact that she’s still vibrant and joking  at 100), was her comment about growing up in Russia during […]

Dolmades, Deconstructed (Mediterranean Rice Casserole)

Back when I was an undergraduate at the University of Windsor, my first boyfriend and I (hiya, Mark! How’s tricks?) would regularly venture across the Ambassador bridge to the Greektown in Detroit (quite literally, a stone’s throw away).  That’s where I first tasted saganaki–kefalotyri cheese (like an aristocratic feta) doused in brandy and set aflame in the pan, right by your table, […]

Lucky Comestible II (4): Tagine of Quinoa with Chickpeas, Olives and Prunes

  It’s a truism when discussing the era of flower children and Woodstock to say, “If you remember the ’60s, you probably weren’t there.”  When it comes to the 1980s, however, those of us who lived through it are more likely to lament, “I remember it all–if only I could forget!” Still, the Era of All Things Excessive (also known […]

Sweet Potato and Carrot Casserole

Today is moving day!  We are likely en route right now, between houses, stressing about whether the movers will break our fragile glassware, or whether all the boxes will arrive at their destination, or whether the stove will fit in the space that’s been left for it. In any case, I thought I’d leave a […]