Humintas

I’m racking my brain for the best way to describe a huminta, and all that I can come up with is the Bolivian version of a tamale, but that seems like a tragically inefficient way of categorizing these wonderful cheesy pastry.  This Bolivian speciality consists of a sweet corn dough, stuffed with a salty white…

Pickled Sweet Corn Salad

Lightly pickled sweet corn in a honey dijon vinaigrette with small cubes of salty feta, sweet bell peppers, and freshly picked chives.  A simple summer salad, that would probably qualify more as a starchy side then an actual salad, but is still a lovely accompaniment to any summer meal.  A lighter alternative to the more…

Potato Crust, Blue Cheese Quiche

An eggy quiche with a hash brown inspired crust, some fresh baby spinach, and crumbled blue cheese on top, to pack in a little extra punch.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3-4 Potatoes 1 Onion 3/4 tsp Salt 2 tbsp Cornstarch 1 tbsp melted Butter 6 Eggs 3 tbsp Half & Half 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 2 large…

Papa a la Huancaína

Papa a la Huancaína is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, and as Vermont tends to lack good Peruvian cuisine, it falls to me to recreate my own versions of Peruvian dishes such as this one.  Papa a la Huancaína, in its simplest form, is a potato smothered in a spicy cheese sauce.  I decided…

Arugula Lasagna

A couple of weeks ago, at work, one of the chefs whipped up an arugula pesto to use on pizzas.  It was bright green, and had a little extra zing then your regular pesto.  This inspired me into trying to make my own variation at home.  I decided to go the extra mile, and pair…

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

My broccoli cheddar soup is made with a vegetable based, instead of the traditional cream based, broth for a slightly more heart healthy rendition of this velvety soup.  This does not mean, however, that I skimp on the cheddar cheese – that is, after all, the best part, no matter, how much you may claim…

Soba, Edamame, and Sesame Seed Stir-Fry

One of my favorite vegetarian meals – buckwheat noodles, edamame, and sesame seeds tossed in a sweet, salty, and tangy sauce.  One of the best things about this dish is that it requires less then 10 minutes of preparation, if you buy the edamame already shelled, and only about 5 minutes of cook time. Ingredients:…

Quinoa Griddle Cakes

Torrejas de quinoa, quinoa griddle cakes, are a tasty and nutritious snack.  High in protein and fiber this is a great way to prepare and eat quinoa.  I have been eating them all week for lunch.  Highly satisfying.  You can also dress them up with your favorite sauces, or even some fresh veggies.  The quinoa griddle…