Author: Hawke

Kitchen Shears

After being married a short time, I realized how incomplete my pre-married life had been.  No.  Not because Spencer was half of me that was ‘missing’…because I discovered decent kitchen shears!  Spencer came with a nice pair from Cutco and my life hasn’t been the…

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

Awhile back I read an interesting book written by Deborah Madison titled: What We Eat When We Eat Alone.  In it, she interviews people about what they eat when they cook for themselves.  Salmon cakes, similar to these, were one woman’s answer.  I was intrigued by the idea even though I’d never cooked with canned salmon.  I’m always looking for ways to add more fish to my diet and I liked the idea of being able to pull a can out of my pantry whenever I feel like whipping some of these up.  I bought some at Costco and tried it out even though I was a bit scared of it for some reason.  I came up with my own breadcrumb free version of them.  I vary the vegetables and the fresh herbs and use whatever type of onions I have on hand. I always put the lemon zest in because I really like the flavor with the salmon.

If I have the ingredients on hand, I like to mix up some lemon caper tartar sauce to go on these.  Yum.

White Bean and Rosemary Hummus

White Bean and Rosemary Hummus

This is a yummy change from traditional chickpea hummus and it came to mind when I was trying to think of recipes for my friend who’s on an elimination diet. I cooked my own beans, but canned beans work fine. Just watch the salt because…

The Provo Food Scene

It wasn’t that long ago that there weren’t great options for eating out in Provo.  If you didn’t want to trek up to Sundance, you were pretty much stuck with the P-town institutions.  Thankfully, things have gotten a lot better.  Now there are enough truly good…

Indian Butter Chicken Curry w/Chickpeas

Indian Butter Chicken Curry w/Chickpeas

My sister-in-law in Alabama introduced my mom to these (Indian Essentials butter chicken seasoning mix) spice packets that she buys at Walmart and my mom has been making them for us back here in Utah. If you follow the package directions, it’s too spicy for the adults and way too spicy for the kids. If you follow my mom’s directions instead you have a quick and delicious meal that’s also easy to make.

My mom’s recipe makes quite a bit (enough to feed 6-8 adults,) and it’s even better the next day. You can always use 1/2 the packet and 1/2 the recipe if that’s more what you want. It’s good with all chickpeas and if you substitute coconut cream for regular cream it’s vegan. You can use all chicken or mix the two.

I like to add a vegetable instead of eating it on rice, so I eat it over cauliflower rice or shredded cabbage (red or green) salted and cooked in a bit of olive oil. The rest of my family eats it over white or brown basmati rice.

It’s always good with various chutnies and/or raita and nan. I like papadam because they are made with lentil flour.

Autumn Salad

Autumn Salad

As a follow-on to the Indian Summer Salad, I’ve been working on this beauty.   It doesn’t have much to do with the season, except the spectacular fall colors.  I’ve been bringing it to family events.

Moroccan Style Salsa Chicken

Moroccan Style Salsa Chicken

This recipe is an old favorite that our friend Catherine shared with us years ago. It’s a great way to use up leftover salsas that are lingering in your fridge–mixing different types is fine. In the picture it’s served over quinoa. In the past we’ve…

Carrot Vindaloo Soup

This was a surprise victory.  My husband said it was the best carrot soup he’s ever had.  Do you ever have a little bit of curry left over?  Not enough for lunch, but enough that you want to do something with it?  Well that is what happened to me and it turned out great!

Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili

I created this recipe for a chili cookoff a few years back. It didn’t win (who were those judges anway?? ;)), but it has since become a go to dinner for me especially when I need to feed a crowd or bring a meal to…