Here’s a recipe served throughout the Middle East by families, the families who love them, and the families who love to feed them. All kinds of families.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup yellow onion, peeled & minced (approx. 1 med-large onion)
- 1/2 cup celery, rinsed & minced (approx. 2 medium stalks)
- 16-oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 3 cups canned white beans (navy beans or cannellini), drained and rinsed well
- Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
Heat olive oil to medium-high in a large, deep skillet. Add onion and celery, lower heat to medium, and sauté until translucent and turning golden.
Add crushed tomatoes, honey, and paprika to the skillet, and stir gently until mixed. Continue to heat until mixture is simmering. Stir in the beans. Add a pinch or two of salt and a few shakes (or grinds) of black pepper.
Cover and simmer over very low heat for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and basil just before serving. Serves 6-8 hungry feminists (and their families).
A prior version of this recipe was published at www.vegkitchen.com. Thanks!
Here is an absolutely fantastic recipe for tabouli from my lucky friend Judith, who got it from her mom, who got it from her mom, who got it from her mom, and so on, which is why my friend Judith is so lucky. Pick up what you need next time you go shopping, so you can make it in time for next weekend’s celebrations! Continue reading
Company’s coming! and I thought it might be nice to share the menu. 🙂
My friends and family inspire me so much every day, and I am grateful beyond words. Chief-cook-and-bottle-washer is making a trip to the grocery store today to gather the necessary provisions. Judith, a fine cook if ever there was one, is bringing her extremely fine baked beans. Lori has a tomato-watermelon salad (feta optional). And there is more, much more. We will raise a toast to the magnificent new garden envisioned and then built by the team of T&J. The new bride and groom will be here. And my parents will celebrate their 60th, yes, sixtieth(!), wedding anniversary. They were actually married (in the middle of the week) on May 30th, 1956, in the years before Memorial Day was moved to Mondays! Continue reading
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