Category: Pantry cooking

The Food Desert Project - Roasted Chickpeas with Homemade "Za'atar"

The Food Desert Project - Roasted Chickpeas with Homemade "Za'atar"
Sometimes, you just really need a simple recipe that doesn’t take that much time and energy but really delivers on flavor.  I’ve found all kinds of roasted-til-crunchy foods really appeal to Sparky: it’s the only way I can get him to eat kale or beets.  While we have no trouble eating chickpeas in our household,... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Tuna and Cannelini Salad

Sometimes, I’m making a food desert recipe and I don’t even know it!  Today, I was home on my own and needed a quick lunch – so I headed for the pantry as usual.  Sometimes it’s just as simple as dumping stuff into a bowl: 1 pouch tuna 1 can cannelini beans, drained 2 tbsp... Read more »

Sundays With Sparky: Chemistry Cake (In Chocolate or Chocolate Chip)

Sundays With Sparky: Chemistry Cake (In Chocolate or Chocolate Chip)
I am hereby re-naming the inaptly named “Wacky Cake,” a product of WWII rationing that regained popularity in the 1970s. It is not at all wacky, but is a product of…of…SCIENCE!!! Yes,  your third-grade volcano project makes the cake fluffy, its delicate texture from only sugar, oil and flour. It does not pass muster as a breakfast... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project: Lowfat Orange Fig Scones

The Food Desert Project: Lowfat Orange Fig Scones
I love making baked goods for breakfast, but so many of them are no better than the “Brunch for Lunch” that I despise so much. I keep my eye out for better versions of traditional breakfast fare. Scones, in particular, are really difficult to make without a lot of added fat and sugar -I found... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Succotash-stuffed Artichokes

The Food Desert Project: Succotash-stuffed Artichokes
Now that the November holidays are approaching, creative side dishes for this project got pushed to the front of the line – interesting vegetables, in particular, are really challenging when restricted to canned and dried products.  My inspiration came from Native American tribes, whose nonperishable staples are still used today.  Their staple foods were important... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Giardiniera Kimbap

The Food Desert Project: Giardiniera Kimbap
You know, I always leave my cooking until the last possible minute.  I have all kinds of recipes I’ve tagged and saved and they’re all percolating up there in my head…until Tuesday night (or Saturday night, depending on which post I’m writing!) I’d wanted to make “maki” for the Food Desert Project for a while,... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project - Jai Rava Dosa with Blatjang (Oat and Farina Crepes with Chutney)

The Food Desert Project - Jai Rava Dosa with Blatjang (Oat and Farina Crepes with Chutney)
So, today we are going to make Indian-style Farina, Oat and Rice flour crepes with South African Chutney.  “But wait…” you say, “How on earth are you going to make farina and rice flour crepes – where will you find farina and rice flour in a food desert?  Aren’t those only available in natural food... Read more »

Pi Month Special: Pie On Demand

Pi Month Special: Pie On Demand
I am always in search of good ideas to steal from.  The other day, trolling for recipes, I came across this post and immediately fell in love (and seriously started considering whether or not I need to change the title of this blog, considering how often pie comes up!)  At any rate, the idea is simple... Read more »

Pi Month Special - Pie R Squared

Pi Month Special - Pie R Squared
A Food Desert Project exclusive! March 14 is pi day – one of my favorite of all days, one that sends me into a flurry of baking and writing that’s if possible more energetic than the one that posesses me at Thanksgiving and Christmas! This year, I had the opportunity to make several π day... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project: Cheese Grits with Artichoke Piperade

The Food Desert Project: Cheese Grits with Artichoke Piperade
Even though my husband comes from a decidedly Southern family (as my father-in-law will remind us if we’re anywhere in sight of a slice of cornbread,) until recently, we never really got friendly with grits.  To me, they were just as bland and gritty as Cream of Wheat (don’t get me started) and the fact... Read more »