Pizza-Style Roasted Eggplant

The inspiration for this week’s recipe hit last Sunday night in the middle of a text-conversation with my good friend, Liana.  It revolved around deep needs for wine and pizza.  For the record, there is a pizza place right next door to my clinic, which is also very near  my apartment.  Too near.  I happen…

Cardamom & Rose Nowruz Cookies

These cookies don’t need any adjustments to be gluten-free; they are traditionally made with rice flour.  Nowruz, which begins on the vernal equinox, is the marvelous Persian New Year celebration that has become one of my favorite rites of spring, even though my festivities are not exactly traditional.  This year it again lands right at…

Get your GREEN on with Asparagus!

Is there a vegetable more emblematic of spring than the slender asparagus?  Today we can get them in supermarkets at any time of year, but I first experienced the true wonder of asparagus, living in the hills of western Massachusetts on a farm that had its very own asparagus patch.  After the long, cold winters,…

How To Make Amazing (Fast) Healthy Vegetable Soup!

Did you love the story of “Stone Soup” as a kid?  I did 🙂  I remember imagining all the ingredients that each person brought, plopping, one by one, into the big empty pot with the rock at the bottom … three beans … a carrot … two potatoes … and so on … I still…

Nurse Laura’s Ginger-Lemon Cold & Flu Buster Tea

What do doctors do when they get sick?  For the most part, I’ve observed, we’re particularly terrible patients — pushing through, soldiering on — popping Sudafed and Ibuprofen, when sleep and warm fluids are really what’s called for.  Part of this is just our culture’s general obsession with work.  But physicians especially have traditionally been…