Israeli Chopped Salad With Avocado

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This is a good warm-weather salad for when you don’t feel like cooking. If your walnuts are already toasted,* all you have to do to get this salad ready is some quick chopping. Read more

Relaunching with Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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I have many projects on  my agenda as a new retiree by layoff. Go to Kentucky for our traditional Christmas in January: check. Pack up Christmas decorations: check. Host a lively discussion with the Best Book Group Ever: check (Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, really good).  Help pack up the life of  my best friend for 30 years in three suitcases and a backpack and send her off to Australia to be deliriously happy: check (sniff).  And relaunch my long-neglected food blog, which thanks to Maria Averion, has a pretty, fresh and professional redesign on my own domain: Check (yay). Read more

Split Pea Soup and Spinach Feta Bread

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This bread and soup make a wonderful combination, and not just visually. I’ve been making the split pea soup for years, based on the recipe in The New Basics by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso. I was saddened last year when Lukins died; she was a big influence on me and many other cooks, and I was hoping for more cookbooks from her. The bread recipe is from Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand by Beatrice Ojakangas. It’s a nice cookbook because it gives instructions for making the breads by hand, with a mixer or food processor or bread machine. I like to use the bread machine to mix it, then shape it myself and bake it in the oven. Those are the instructions I’ve provided. Read more