"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

In my new world as a worker bee, any dish that makes a good dinner and a better lunch is a dish that is immediately added into the rotation.

Lebanese chickpea and chicken stew. Roll that around on your tongue for just a moment. Imagine those flavors. Now imagine those flavors once they’ve had a chance to congeal in the fridge for a night or two.

That’s right. It’s even better. And bonus points for every gasp of envy and admiration from your co-workers.

chickpeas in colander, chickpeas orange background

A mess o’ chickpeas

Why did the chickpea cross the road?


A Passover repast…and a farewell

by Julie on April 17, 2014

in Holiday Hell

God knows what possessed me to throw a Passover seder this week. Maybe it was the Drama Teen telling me she wanted to do more “Jewish things.” Maybe it was the fact that I’d attended two seders already. Possibly it was the idea that, these days at least, I have the notion that I can pull this sorta thing off.

Seder plate

Now that’s a shankbone…

The chef is reassuring backup, of course. “Having a last minute seder with 10 people,” I emailed him frantically last week. “Can you help?”

“Of course,” he wrote back, non-plused. Ten people. Yawn.

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All Good: Gwyneth’s Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower

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