Cilantro Spread

Try with a platter of grilled vegetables or thickly sliced ripe tomatoes. Both are great on rice noodles or rice, and you might like to try the peanut version with grilled eggplant. Remember to keep your hands away from your face when you are handling hot chile...

Chilled Cucumber Soup

Ingredients: 1 cucumber  1 clove garlic  1 quart buttermilk  1 knife tip ground cumin  1 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped  Salt and pepper to taste  Dark bread Directions: Peel and seed cucumber. Cut slices in finger-thick chunks. Put in...

Chilled Cucumber-Mint Soup

4 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 4 cups) 1 to 2 cups water 2 cups plain yogurt (or 1 cup plain yogurt combined with 1 cup sour cream) 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed Several fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill 1...

Basil Eggplant

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 bunch basil, leaves picked from the stem 1 tablespoon sugar 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons fish sauce or Soy Sauce 2-4 eggplants 2 chili peppers (optional) Slice the eggplants into irregular shapes for easy turning in the pan. When...

Broccoli and Tomatoe Stromboli

1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen All-purpose flour, for work surface Approx. 1 pound cooked, chopped broccoli 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 cup marinara sauce 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella (6...

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