Turkey Kibbeh Meatballs

Turkey Kibbeh Meatball ingredients (A Seat at the Table)

This has been a very busy Spring!  Easter was a whirl, with Sister and her fiancé coming down for wedding planning and the holiday.  My grandpa returned from his year in Japan.  Organic Chemistry is…exactly what you’d expect:  HARD.  And in the midst of all that, I’ve made more time for eating than for blogging.  SoRead more

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

Salmon with Israeli Couscous Salad

Sumac Salmon and Israeli Couscous Salad Thumbnail (A Seat at the Table)

Did you know you’re supposed to be eating 8oz of fish or shellfish each week?  Seafood is full of great nutrients, but especially omega-3 fatty acids:  EPA and DHA.  Both of these fatty acids are incredibly beneficial to our brains as well as our cardiovascular systems.  EPA is also thought to help decrease joint inflammation.  EatingRead more

Black Rice Not-Tabbouleh Salad

Black Rice Not Tabbouleh Salad (A Seat at the Table)

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad that’s typically made with bulgur, parsley, mint, tomatoes, onion, and lemon.  It’s not one of my favorite salads because I usually find the parsley to be overbearing.  But since I had some black rice in the cupboard leftover from this Emperor’s Rice Salad, and some sumac I’d been wanting toRead more

Radish and Fennel Orzo Salad with Parsley-Lemon Vinaigrette

I’d never had fennel until last year during my nutrition assessment to try 5 new foods.  Fennel has a slightly sweet licorice taste when it’s raw, and is then deliciously sweet when roasted.  So for this salad, I took the best of both, and roasted half of the fennel and left the other half raw.Read more

Lemony Breakfast Grains with Blueberries and Hazelnuts

Lemony Breakfast Grains with Blueberries and Hazelnuts (A Seat at the Table)

Easter morning we have a potluck breakfast at my church.  This year mom and I debated what to make all week, we wanted something that would be easy to make ahead of time, would be healthy and vegetarian, and couldn’t be too fussy to heat up.  So we tried out this recipe I’d printed outRead more

Turkish-Inspired Lentil Soup

Turkish-Inspired Lentil Soup (A Seat at the Table)

I just got back from an awesome vacation in Mexico.  My family went four hours south of Cancun to a little hotel on the beach, called Mayan Beach Garden.  We had a fantastic time, we celebrated 3 birthdays, Sister and Chris got engaged, and in general had a wonderful time together.  It was an excellentRead more

Lebanese Chickpea Salad

Lebanese Chickpea Salad (A Seat at the Table)

This is a delicious salad.  Totally addictive and packed with flavor.  I even got a bean-hater to eat this salad.  It has bright bold flavors with lemon and za’atar, parsley and mint.  Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend that has thyme, sumac, oregano and some other delicious spices in it.  It’s a bit challengingRead more