Sleep Tight, Cutie Pie

Pie the cat

My beautiful cat, Pie, passed away early this morning. Many of you have come to know her through these pages -- how sweet she was, how gentle and playful, and how I loved her with all my heart. Pie was nearly 18 and had several ongoing health issues, but even so the end was rather sudden. Pie … [Read more...]

Misal, the Ultimate Bombay Street Food

Misal

There's no way to actually describe a Misal to you other than to say, you must eat this. You must, you must, you must. Misal is -- like most of Bombay's hallowed street foods -- an explosion of flavors and textures. It's a spicy curry of sprouted beans topped with raw onions, boiled potatoes, … [Read more...]

Stir-Fried Black Bean Noodles in Orange Sauce

Black Bean Noodles

Hey, you, so what did you do this past weekend? I struck a Billy Joel concert off my bucket list when the legendary musician performed at the Nationals Park here in DC on Saturday. I can't remember how long I've been in love with Billy Joel's music -- it probably started when I watched Uptown … [Read more...]

Bean Bulgur Salad With Pesto, Fat-Free

Bean Bulgur Salad

I have been really busy which is why you haven't been seeing me around much, but I wanted to drop in today with a quick, easy and fat-free recipe for this delicious Bean Bulgur Salad with Pesto. This is the perfect brown-bag recipe, and it has so many textures and flavors that you'll never miss … [Read more...]

Mexican Molletes with Mango-Basil Salsa

Molette

One of my favorite places in Mexico is the charming town of Morelia where we once spent a few days doing almost nothing. Nothing, except taking lazy strolls on streets dotted with devout Mexicans and students. Morelia is packed with beautiful churches and colleges, and if you're not inclined to … [Read more...]