Oswald Rivera

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Category: vegetables (page 1 of 6)

CABBAGE WITH SOUR CREAM AND NUTMEG

Cabbage is what I term one of those funny vegetables. About the only time you’ll see it is when it’s stuffed with whatever meat you like or in sauerkraut.  You’ll seldom see it as a meal in itself or even as side dish. … Read more...

SESAME TOFU

I’m always on the lookout for good tofu recipes. Tofu, or bean curd, is something that I discovered in my young manhood. And I’ve been  a fan ever since. To me, Tofu by itself is tasteless. Yet the beauty of it is that it acquires the flavor of whatever seasoning you use.… Read more...

STUFFED MUSHROOMS

In 1940 a little known cookbook came out, Hors d’Oeuvre and Canapés, by the incomparable James Bard. Among its recipes was one for stuffed mushrooms. In 1940 American, stuffed mushrooms were an oddity. To most it must have seemed totally alien.… Read more...

SOPA DE HABICHUELAS CON SALCHICHA (BEAN AND SAUSAGE STEW)

Due to the Covid-19 virus we have stocked up on beans. By that, I mean the dried variety. The are cheap, still plentiful and a healthy food source. Thus we’re always on the lookout for a creative way to use legumes (fancy name for beans).… Read more...

EGGPLANT AU GRATIN

Once in a while I have to go back to classical French cooking. I was not trained in French cuisine. I am a gourmand not a gourmet. What I learned from cooking, I did from experience, coming from a Latino culture where good food and drink is paramount.… Read more...

ISFANAKH MUTAJAN

This dish is nothing more than lightly boiled spinach seasoned with sesame oil, garlic, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon. But once you taste it, you”ll think it’s manna from heaven. The recipe is from my second cookbook,  The Pharaoh’s Feast (Four Walls Eight Windows).… Read more...

BAKED FISH WITH TOMATOES

This recipe works well with fish fillets or fish steaks. Your choice. Even in these trying times, fish fillets and/or fish steaks are still plentiful; and so are tomatoes. For the fillets it can be any firm fleshed white fish, be it haddock, perch, turbot, cod, grouper, bass, tilapia, even tilefish. … Read more...

WALNUT CAULIFLOWER

I’ve gotten into a cauliflower jag lately. Maybe it’ the coronavirus. Maybe I’ve just been lucky and found fresh cauliflower at the market. Whatever. It has enhanced my love for this venerable vegetable. When I was a kid I didn’t like it that much.… Read more...

VEGGIE DINNER: CAULIFLOWER AND PEAS

Still on lock-down, and still experimenting with varied cuisines. I know. Most of us are home, enclosed by four walls, perhaps with kids and spouses demanding attention—and what the hell is for diner tonight? Or, perhaps, you just have time on your hands until the all clear.… Read more...

A GREEK DINNER: BAKED FISH AND GREEN BEANS AND POTATOES

In these times of sheltering at home and self-imposed isolation, I find it’s a good opportunity to discover and experiment with cuisine other than my native Nuyorican repertoire.  Following that vein, one of my favorites is Greek cooking.  The Greeks have been cooking since 1000 B.C.E. … Read more...

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