What’s that? Black sesame seeds in the dry arborio rice? On closer inspection, it turns out these odd black specks in the rice have tiny wings. Ick! Pantry Pests!
If you’re not ruthless using up half-filled containers of grains, wheat and legumes in storage, and don’t keep them in air-tight containers (guilty!) – sometimes these tiny critters pay a visit.
I’ve been meaning to clear out my pantry, and after tossing several perfectly fine half-used containers of dry food, I’m forced to quit procrastinating. I found a Yahoo answers site that goes into great detail discussing the critters and what to do about them. It also explains that the appearance of the pantry pests does not necessarily reflect upon the cleanliness of the housekeeping. That will be my excuse.
With this recipe I decided to use up a couple of half-empty boxes of Israeli couscous and a few bags of lentils. The amount on hand dictated the amount of vinaigrette I made.
I have a couple of sweet potatoes rolling around, and fresh cilantro needs thinning in the garden. I love the flavor of curry, orange and honey together, and this healthy salad is as delicious as it is inexpensive.
In case you’re wondering, those are truly black sesame salad atop the salad (: Bon Appetit!
You’ve heard of panzanella, right? That oh so delicious salad celebrating tomatoes when they’re bursting on the vines–even more handy to have in your recipe repertoire when you’ve a loaf of slightly stale Artisan bread that’s begging to be utilized? But what about Pastazanella? I just made a big batch, and I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of that. Pastazanella … Full recipe post »
Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »
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