Paprika and Sumac Braised Chicken with Carrots

Sumac and Paprika Braised Chicken (A Seat at the Table)

How do you decide what to make when you have company coming over?  Do you stick with an old standby recipe, or try something new with the potential for deliciousness or disaster? I typically end up trying something new, with the promise that if whatever I make turns out to be inedible I’ll order pizzaRead more

Spiced Pumpkin Carrot Muffins

Spiced Pumpkin Carrot Muffins (A Seat at the Table)

These muffins are fantastic.  I doubled the original recipe (because 9 muffins that the original made is way too few), and then as Mom and I helped ourselves to a second, and Dad said he liked them.  We decided we needed to make more.  So I made another batch, this time tripling the original soRead more

Slow Cooker Rosemary Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Rosemary Beef Stew (A Seat at the Table)

So I went on a bit of a hiatus.  With the holidays, and then a cold, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed.  I’m thinking of some new features for this little old blog, so I hope you’ll bear with me as I figure out and experiment with some ideas.  The new year is always aRead more

Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing (A Seat at the Table)

I was inspired by this salad from Smitten Kitchen.  Smitten Kitchen is always a reliable source for fantastic recipes.  This is a great, easy salad that comes together quickly.  I’ve been on the search for some different kind of salads lately, and this is a great salad for the winter.  The chickpeas add some protein,Read more

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Vegetable Soup (A Seat at the Table)

My boyfriend might call this Vegetable and Chicken Soup, as his only complaint was that there wasn’t enough chicken.  However, I intentionally added lots of vegetables.  Most Americans have no problem getting the protein that they need in their diets, but fruits and vegetables are usually lacking.  So when it comes to soups I likeRead more

Carrot Coriander Soup with Cumin and Citrus

Carrot Coriander Soup with Cumin and Citrus (A Seat at the Table)

I just finished making this soup for tonight’s Carroll Cafe, and I have to say it is a knock-out.  It’s the perfect meal for fall.  It’s creamy and complex.  The citrus adds a fresh, tart note that’s absolutely amazing with the sweet carrots.  It totally takes this soup from average to memorable.  This would beRead more

Roasted Summer Vegetable and Rice Casserole with Chicken

Roasted Summer Vegetable and Rice Casserole with Chicken (A Seat at the Table)

I’m in love with this casserole.  Full of vegetables, whole grains, and protein, this casserole is packed with everything you need for a satisfying and nutritious meal.  Roasting the vegetables brings out all the rich flavors, so it’s worth the little bit of extra work.  This is the perfect transition dish as we head intoRead more

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas (A Seat at the Table)

A lot of people in my life are vegetarians, so I’m pretty aware of vegetarian options when I go out to eat.  Even though I’m not always ordering a vegetarian option, I have a lot of sympathy for vegetarians when restaurant options are sparse and/or uninspired.  Vegetables are delicious and just because an entree doesn’tRead more

Confetti Quinoa Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

Confetti Quinoa Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette (A Seat at the Table)

Well I found out that May is not the last Carroll Cafe!  There will be one more for the season on June 13th!  So you’re in luck if you still haven’t made it out to one! This salad is the savory option I served for May’s Carroll Cafe.  I loved this salad.  As I wasRead more