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Serve warm (or cold) as a finger-food appetizer.

Pan Charred Fresh Garbanzo Beans

The garbanzo bean, or chick pea, is a nearly perfect food. It is high in protein and fiber, and very low in calories and fat. But in my neighborhood we never saw them fresh; only canned and dried. For taste, by the way, I’ve always preferred dried garbonzos, but of course, you can’t beat the… [Continue]


That Night the Cat Ran Away

Do you have pets? We have a German shepherd, and two cats. One of the cats is “mine”. I’m clearly his person, although he truly loves everyone. I feed him, clean his litter box, and groom his impossibly long coat. Most nights we watch an episode of streaming TV with him on my lap. He… [Continue]

Serve them hot, as an appetizer (they can be picked up by the stems) or a side dish.

Blistered Shishito (or Padron) Peppers

These mostly mild peppers (both Shishito and Padron) are a new obsession for me. They first intrigued me because although they are usually mild, about one in ten is a bit spicy. They are the Russian roulette of peppers! If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they sell a small bag of Shishito peppers… [Continue]