Charred Cauliflower & Shishitos in Loaded Olive Oil

I came across this recipe in Saveur and thought little of it because I didn’t realistically foresee myself buying shishito peppers. In fact, I flagged just about every other cauliflower recipe included in the magazine but this one. And then, browsing the aisles at Trader Joe’s, I saw them- shishito peppers! No coincidence, this cauliflower beauty was meant to be. And get this…the sauce has chocolate in it. To make this stunning side, get a head of cauliflower (about 24 ounces) … Continue reading

Flavorful Pasta with White Beans and Rosemary Oil

This pasta recipe is flavorful and delicious. The noodles serve as a delivery mechanism for the vegetable-based sauce and fragrant rosemary-garlic oil. I don’t think I’ve ever made a sauce quite like this one before, but rest assured that each step is intended to layer in as much flavor as possible. The addition of white beans and pancetta makes for a hearty meal, one that is especially well-suited to provide comfort and warmth on a below-freezing night. To begin, pour … Continue reading

Mediterranean Eggplant Soup

Eggplant soup…it’s not the prettiest but it sure tastes good! I had never eaten an eggplant soup before, but I was given a roasted eggplant in my cooking class and told to soupify it. So I did, and it was surprisingly delicious! Finished with basil, lemon, and Greek yogurt, this soup would be even tastier served with a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts. To make this soup, begin by roasting the eggplant. Heat your oven to 400º F, poke 2 … Continue reading