cilantro & pepitas dressing


This is a very easy “dressing” that I have been making lately and mixing with brown rice. The flavored rice makes a great base for a bowl. I like to top mine with black beans, avocado, pickled onions, extra dressing and a little labneh. The recipe is very flexible, but here is the gist.

In a food processor or blender add:

  • 1 small handful of cilantro roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup raw pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • juice of half a lime
  • 2-3 tablespoons of grapeseed, olive or canola oil
  • enough water to blend and thin the dressing (I’d start with 2 tablespoons and add a little as you go if needed)
  • salt to taste

Blend until smooth and add more oil or water to get it to a smooth consistency. I leave it a little thick if I’m mixing it with rice and thin it down to drizzle extra on top if I’m doing a rice bowl.



summer tomatoes



Ahh sweet sweet tomatoes of summer. So perky, so deceptively simple. Gardening sites abound with photos of lush plants dripping with ripe fruit, perfectly plump for the picking. But my relationship to them is fraught with woe. I have tried on numerous occasions to grow my own – in containers, in a community garden, on a rooftop – and in all efforts I failed. Although I have a fairly good sense of why, I am not eager to jump back into the tomato game. So for now, I hold out hope that some kind soul will share a bit of their bounty. That is the origin of these lovelies to the left. I “traded,” a.k.a. forced a bottle of Concord grape kombucha on my friend in exchange. Someday I will try my hand at growing again, perhaps when I have better conditions to work with – namely a self-watering container and less of a chip on my shoulder.

So what did I do with these tomatoes you ask? Two things so far: served sliced up with some persian cucumber, labneh, coarse ground pepper and smoked salt on pita bread. Bomb. And…sliced up on top of my new favorite pizza recipe: Serious Eats foolproof pan pizza. Pray for a cool evening and crank that oven to 500 degrees cause it’s worth it.


pomegranate molasses soda


This is an excellent, sparkly alternative to soda that I can’t get enough of. Pomegranate molasses has a deliciously tangy, caramel flavor that when mixed with bubbly water makes for a special treat.

Pomegranate molasses is available locally at stores like JONS and SUPER KING. Just mix with bubbly water to taste and put that beverage on ice! Yum.