Big ol’ Pot o’ Beans

On Friday, I posted about my family’s tradition of eating meatless soups, chills, and the like together each Friday of lent.  My aunt invites and hosts everyone each week.  The no-meat on Fridays during lent is a Catholic thing, if you aren’t familiar.  Since I was raised in an Italian and Catholic home, lent was as much part of my cultural upbringing as it was a religious practice.  Even now, as a “heathen protestant” (as my father refers to me in jest) the practice and tradition are deeply ingrained.  I can’t fathom abandoning them.  For most of my family, the practice isn’t about religious dogma, doctrine, or rule following.  Rather,…

Easy Middle Eastern Lahmacun

I’m going to let you in on a not-so-secret. You must promise not to tell my Sicilian Nonni.  Okay?   I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods more than any other food on the planet.  You may have heard me mention this a time or twelve, but I could happily eat it every day!  With such bold and varied flavors, how could I not??? When California Lavash reached out about trying their authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads, I was thrilled for any excuse to scoop up more hummus!  California Lavash breads are all non-GMO verified, vegan, and made without artificial preservatives or chemicals.  Yay, for no surprise ingredients! I opted to…

Summer Salads and Sides: Grilled Carrots and Green Onions with Lemony Tahini Sauce

Playing around with grilled veggies, have resulted in some of my personal fave meals of the summer.  But its hard to get some male members of our species – the hubs included – super stoked about grilled veggies.  Anytime I’m making space for them on the grill: eye-rolls.  Chock it up as another one of my “wild hippy-dippy ideas.” But sometimes “wild” turns out amazing.  I love roasted carrots and green onions. But, I wanted a different sauce than the perfunctory yogurt sauce with mint leaves.  So while scooping tahini onto a carrot stick one day… I realized that might be was the answer.  And my-oh-my, this sauce was the answer!…
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