Entrees + Mains

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Paul’s Pot Roast with Carrots and Herb Gravy

Serves 4 Kosher salt 3 ½ pound chuck roast Olive oil 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 4 cups beef broth (unsalted, if store-bought) 1 cup red wine 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 bay leaf 1 sprig fresh rosemary 3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 teaspoon kosher […]

Za’atar Roasted Chicken

Serves 4 One 2.5 pound chicken, quartered Olive oil 1 rounded teaspoon kosher salt One lemon, sliced into thin rounds 2 heads garlic, tops sliced 2 tablespoons za’atar Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (see note about cooking temperatures and times.) Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. […]

Quinoa bowls

Make Your Own Quinoa Bowls

From my August TU story, The Zoe tree. Quinoa bowls were born from an idea Zoe herself gave to me. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to eat out. They go out for coffee, for smoothies, for ice cream and sandwiches, even when there’s a full refrigerator. […]

Beef Kofta

Beef Kofta with Lemon Tahini Sauce

This is part of my May 2022 Times Union story, all about food and exercise and sharing with the people you love (it’s always better that way.) Read the whole story here. Here’s a recipe for kofta, which is excellent party food (see above about food eaten with the people […]

Asian Chicken Salad with Herbs and Crunchy Noodles

Asian Chicken Salad with Herbs and Crunchy Noodles

This recipe is part of my April Times Union story. Read the whole thing here. Asian chicken salad is a throwback to a similar dish from the ‘90s, one we sought out and ordered often in restaurants. Make this salad with any chicken: Poached breasts, leftover roasted chicken or thighs […]

Greek Spinach Pizza

Greek Spinach Pizza

Part of my March 2022 Times Union story, about Elliot choosing a college. We have a deep and lasting love for spanakopita in our house, especially Elliot. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a Mediterranean dish packed with spinach, cheese and herbs. Creating the filling isn’t hard: Sautéed onions and garlic […]

Moroccan Chicken Soup

Moroccan Chicken Soup

Part of my Times Union story in February 2022. Read it here, and see the recipe below. Winter weekends beg for a big pot of simmering soup, and this recipe delivers on warmth and flavor. Moroccan food is famouWinter weekends beg for a big pot of simmering soup, and this […]

Middle Eastern Spiced Steak Wraps

Middle Eastern Spiced Steak Wraps

These delicious sandwiches go along with my January story about cooking for a kid who loves to order in. Read it here. And it goes along with Cous Cous Salad with Pickled Onions and Blueberry Crumble Muffins. I made juicy, flavorful, Middle Eastern-spiced beef sandwiches for dinner recently, and I […]