Guest Post: Polow, Persian Basmati Rice with Dill and Pistachios

Adele’s back to finish off her Friday night meal with some dressed-up rice, because what’s a Shabbat dinner without rice in a Syrian household? Did you miss her chicken and braised carrots from earlier this week? Catch up!

I copied this recipe so long ago out of I-cant-remember-which cookbook, and have been meaning to make it ever since (ed note: we always do that! Do you?). So simple, so delicious. Continue reading

Mushroom and Spinach Rice

Rice with an egg on top

Richie loves rice. So I try to make him rice in lots of healthy ways. I like adding veggies, cooking it in vegetable broth, adding an egg at the end for some protein. And of course I use brown rice. Rice is such an easy side dish, so I started trying to make it more often. It’s pretty cheap, can be brightened up in quite a few ways, and again, Richie really really likes to eat it. Eating it with a fried on top just means it’s a full meal for one of those really lazy weeknights. You have all your food groups right there! Vegetables, carbs, and protein. Plus the added deliciousness of the runny egg yolk mixed in makes it exciting enough to call dinner.  Continue reading

Oven Risotto

People think that risotto is hard to make. And it is, but only if you use one of those recipes that has you standing over the stove mixing the wine and chicken stock and adding ladlefuls each time the liquid is absorbed. One of my favorite people ever, Ina Garten, just makes her risotto in the oven. So easy! Especially if you have homemade vegetable broth in the freezer, like I always do.

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Meatless Mondays: Mushroom Rice

A version of this dish is a staple in my mother-in-law’s kitchen. When we go there for barbecue on Sunday nights, we always have this delicious mushroom-y rice that she made using leftover Shabbat rice (Syrians make a lot of rice). I decided to duplicate this dish in a non-leftovers way and used brown rice to make it a little healthier. You can try it with your favorite kind of rice. Continue reading

Korean Rice Bowl

Talk about an easy and all-in-one dinner! This Korean rice bowl, adapted from Bon Appetit, was a simple meal that resulted in not so many dishes. The best part? We mixed everything together in one bowl – protein, carb, and veggie. I used the same skillet (my cast iron, of course) to cook the asparagus, then the steak, and then the egg. If you do the same, make sure your cast iron is well-seasoned; you don’t want your egg to stick! Continue reading

Asian-Style Chicken Stir-Fry


I’m often inspired by the food I see at the market or in my kitchen, and that’s how I decide what to cook. This recipe is different; I was inspired by my wok. I saw it hiding in its cabinet one morning, decided I wanted to use it, and defrosted some chicken in preparation.

It doesn’t have to take long to produce a healthful and appetizing meal. This meal consists of protein and vegetables thrown into a wok and cooked with soy sauce. If you don’t have a wok, a regular large saucepan will do the trick, too.

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