Bean Lover: Chickpeas à la Grecque

The past few weeks, after all the hoopla surrounding the wedding, have been a slow and steady descent back into normalcy. The tupperware full of wedding cookies is now gone, the Greek's parents have returned to Thessaloniki and the weather has taken a dramatically cold turn for October, one that we feel acutely as the…

The Salad of Summer

Goodness is a large, often a prospective word; like harvest, which at one stage when we talk of it lies all underground, with an indeterminate future; is the germ prospering in the darkness? At another, it has put forth delicate green blades, and by-and-by the trembling blossoms are ready to be dashed off by an…

Getting Down and "Dirty" with Okra

"New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin."-Mark TwainWhen a package of Andouille sausage winds up in your refrigerator, you've got to figure out what to do with it. Jambalaya? Gumbo? Dirty rice? But what exactly is "dirty rice" anyway? I had no idea and the back of the package,…