A Tomato Surprise

Whenever you prepare fruits and vegetables, it’s important to check the outside for holes and blemishes. Sometimes a large, angry-looking discoloration can be just on the surface and cut off with the peel. It usually means that the fruit was scratched or scraped somewhere along the way. But other times, an insect or worm can […]

Summer Ratatouille with Eggplant and Zucchini

In the summer, you don’t just want something light to eat. You want it to cook before your kitchen gets all heated up. Ratatouille cooks in 20-30 minutes on top of the stove, and it’s easy to make in the microwave too. (The vegetable pictured are raw.) The other day I made this recipe from […]

Rice and Chickpea Casserole with Tomatoes

Wednesday is Recipe Day at CookingManager.Com. Today’s recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, easy and delicious. The morning after I made this, my six-year-old asked if she could have some of the leftovers. Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons oil 1.5 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped or minced 1.5 cups brown or white rice 3 fresh, ripe […]

Vegetable-Barley Soup

I make rich winter soups all the time, with whatever I have on hand. I even have a couple of varieties in the freezer, but they have been there so long I can’t remember what they are. Why deprive myself of the joy of hot soup cooking on a cold winter afternoon?