Category Archives: Recipes

Kathleen’s dehydrated red peppers

Wanting to make full use of my food dehydrator, I thought I’d try to dry up some foods that would be good ingredients to have on hand for those days when we couldn’t make it to the store. I decided on one of my favorites: red bell peppers. I’d only dried apples up to now, so I thought… Read More »

Kathleen’s Dehydrated Apples

Is there anything as satisfying as the crispy crunch of a nice, thick potato chip? Well, yes: the crispy crunch of a dehydrated apple! If you love a crunchy finger-food snack but would rather skip the calories and saturated fat, this is the way to go. Of course apples are not calorie-free: a medium-to-large apple has about 80-110… Read More »

Dave’s Lemony Chickpea Soup

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a great source of fiber and protein. Combined with lemon juice, lentil thickener, chicken broth, and other ingredients, this is a hearty chickpea soup with a delicious broth. Ingredients Homemade chicken stock (made with Onion, Garlic, and Ginger) Thickener: Pigeon pea lentils, Celery Carrots Celery Peas Red pepper Tarragon Thyme Cumin Parsley… Read More »

Dave’s No-Fat/Low-Gas Refried Beans

We’re all used to opening a can when we want refried beans at home — but once you have tasted how delicious this is from scratch you’ll never go back! Full disclosure: I didn’t take a picture of Dave’s beans, but, well, they look pretty much just like this picture from Wikimedia Commons.

Dave’s Roasted Carrot Soup

Rich and a just little sweet, this soup is perfect any time of year with a salad or on its own. Ingredients Homemade chicken stock Onion Garlic Carrots Tomato paste Salt, Basil, Ginger, Marjoram, Oregano Brown sugar Lemon juice Apple cider vinegar Salt Butter Directions If you don’t have homemade chicken stock and you don’t want to take… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Potato Curry

Building on my obsession with anything that contains sweet potatoes, Dave has continued experimenting with new dishes. Here I present this hearty sweet potato curry. It is a bit like a stew. It is fantastic on its own, or could be served over rice, faro, barley, or pasta.

Dave’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup

On a quest for new soups and thinking perhaps to wean me off my sweet potato habit, Dave made a wonderful Black-Eyedy Pea soup. This is a vegetarian soup, with a broth that is every so slightly sweet.  He served it to me with rigatoni pasta, but it would go just as  well with a hearty grain or… Read More »

About Dave’s Recipes

After about 26 years of marriage, Dave announced one day that he felt like cooking something. Up to this point, not much cooking had happened in our house and our kitchen was wasted space. Where our real dining took place was in restaurants — some weeks we ate literally every meal out, which is not only expensive, but… Read More »

Dave’s Creamy Carrot-Apple Soup

This soup perfectly straddles the line between sweet and savory, and it achieves a perfect texture due to the pureed avocado. I put this soup high on my list of favorite Dave creations. It’s perhaps not as photogenic as the others, but in this case that’s because It was so good I couldn’t be bothered to stop and… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

Knowing that I love anything with sweet potatoes and also that we had some sweet corn kernels in the freezer to use up, Dave concocted this amazing soup for dinner yesterday. I put this at the top of my favorite Dave creations. The vegetables perfectly compliment each other in the pureed base, and the whole corn kernels and… Read More »

Dave’s Rosemary-infused Roasted Potatoes

When I order hash-brown potatoes in a restaurant, I always ask that they are “mixed and crispy” — the darker brown they are the better. I assume my Dave took that to heart when he created this new dish. These potatoes are remarkable: almost like they’ve been oh-so-lightly coated in a subtle breadcrumb coating (but they’re not). Very… Read More »

Kathleen’s Sweet Potato Hash

Don’t let the title fool you: this is another of Dave’s amazing creations. He had me put my name to it because it was my idea to create a general topper out of sweet potatoes (think Bacon-bits, but healthier, tastier, and vegan!). When he makes a batch of this, I have a container of it in the fridge… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Autumn Squacamole

Dave invented this awesome dish last autumn, but as I neglected to take a photo of it, I waited until now to post it. This savory/sweet dish was inspired by guacamole, but there is little similarity beyond the name. Serve it warm, either by itself or with some faro or other grain and sweet potato hash, as a… Read More »

Dave’s Yellow Basmati Rice

After experimenting with a dubious package of “Saffron Rice” from the grocery store that had MSG as one of its ingredients, Dave started wondering how he could make a yummy rice from scratch at home. Here’s the result, which he served with braised sugar snap peas and chicken. I think it would be really great with sautéed mushrooms… Read More »

Make Mine Rare

When I eat beef, I want it rare, although my husband and brother constantly tell me this is dangerous. Thinking I’d get them to stop bugging me about it, I did a little research… I saw this 2004 article on BBC.com that described a study in which they found that E. Coli does not permeate the interior of… Read More »