Dry-Roasted Edamame with Cranberry Mix

It's hard to believe edamame has been around since the 13th century. Edamame's Japanese translation is "branched bean." They're actually young, green soybeans when they're picked, so they're soft rather than hard and dry like mature soy beans.  If you want to get really fancy (and lazy), you can even buy edamame hulled from their skins at Trader Joe's and other specialty food stores.  In fact, we grabbed a package of hulled froze edamame from our freezer to help soothe my son's black eye last week! With just a little sea salt, these beans … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread

This particular St. Patrick's Day recipe has become an annual re-post because it's so popular.  A few years ago I had readers write in for a Soda Bread recipe.  This Jewish girl had nothing in the family archives so I was forced to reached out for help from my local Irish gal, Claire, for some culinary inspiration. Here's what Claire has to say: What happens when an Irish girl marries an Italian guy? That Italian guy gets the short end of the stick when it comes to home-cooked meals. From the stories I’ve heard, my mother-in-law was an … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day- Irish Hash

I wanted to share a St. Patrick’s Day recipe created by Pure Organic founder and author of Pure Food, Veronica Bosgraaf. Perfect as a festive meal with friends and family, this recipe is the epitome of comfort food Irish-style. As a mother, Veronica believes in only using the highest-quality yet affordable ingredients to make easy meals at home for her kids. On St. Patrick’s Day, who doesn't want festive comfort food? This vegan, gluten-free dish works perfectly, and it is so hearty, Veronica promises you won’t miss the corned beef. She … [Read more...]

Roasted Eggplant

I’ve enjoyed eggplant slices roasted on the grill, as the “meat” of a vegetarian sandwich, pureed into a silky, smooth dip and as the main course in Eggplant Parmesan. Admittedly, I’ve only been served these dishes. However, much like my recent love affair with avocados, I never actually prepared eggplants for myself or my family—I was completely intimidated and merely courted them in the aisles of the supermarket. It was finally time for me to take this egg-shaped glossy purple fruit into my own hands. So, last night I … [Read more...]