Fava Bean Salad

Throughout history meaning given to fava beans, one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth, ranged from magic to evil.  In ancient Egypt there were believed to have supernatural powers.  They were presented as a symbolic offering to the Gods…
Fava Bean Dip

I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear “fava beans,” I think about the iconic line from The Silence of the Lambs.  You know, which one I’m talking about?  “A census taker once tried to test me.  I ate…
Homemade Peanut Butter

During my third pregnancy my breakfast was either a toast with peanut butter or a toast with honey and … peanut butter.  When you eat that much peanut butter you become very particular about it.  At first I tried every…
Russian Vinaigrette Salad

I can’t recall one party or celebration from my childhood without this quintessential Russian salad.  And I’m pretty sure that not having it on a New Year’s night is practically illegal in three quarters of Russian territory.  I don’t know…