Creating recipes isn't a pastime—it's a passion. And a lot of fun.

The rules are few: Use 99% fresh ingredients (or thereabouts); make the dish simple but flavorful; make the dish flavorful but simple; be creative, not silly.

With this blog, I want to share new recipes, along with tips on ingredients and preparation, and, hopefully, show new cooks (and non-cooks) the pleasure in setting the table with a delicious homemade meal. The Briny Lemon is about fresh, simple, flavorful ingredients and easy cooking methods that help you bring the best to your family table. Your comments are welcome!

Vegetables and Vegetarian

Side Dishes


Pan-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fried-Sage Butter

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Parmesan Potatoes

Turkish Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Potato Skins with Blue Cheese and Smoked Almonds

Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Mustard Vinaigrette

Pan-Seared Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes

Hand-Cut Oven Fries

Brown-Sugar Sweet Potatoes

Butter-Fried Smashed Petite Gold Potatoes

Red-Potato Oven Chips with Roasted-Garlic Butter

Mexican-Style Potatoes Au Gratin with Chiles and Cheese

Roasted Baby Sweet Potatoes

Beans and Lentils

Black Bean Chili with Roasted Peppers

Two-Bean Salad with Honey-Orange Vinaigrette

Two-Bean Wraps with Wilted Cabbage and Chipotle Sauce

Honey-Orange Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts

Garlicky Refried Black Beans

Green Lentils with Tomato-and-Cilantro Salsa


Oven-Roasted Artichokes with Citrus-Herb Butter

Tomato and Wine Braised Artichokes

Pan-Seared Artichokes with Olive Oil and Lemon

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Whole-Grain Mustard

Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Persimmons

Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cherries and Pecans


Fried Green Tomatoes with Garlicky Ranch Dressing

Polenta Cakes with Dried-Tomato and Olive Relish

Various Vegetables

Butternut Squash Gratin

Caramelized Fennel with Lemon and Orange

Vegetable-Noodle Stir-Fry with Hot-and-Sour Sauce

Vegetarian Flatbread Pizza with Baby Bello Mushrooms

Hot and Sour Sauteed Greens with Salted Almonds

Roasted Broccolini with Blue Cheese Cream

Cauliflower with Herb-and-Garlic Breadcrumbs

Asparagus-and-Zucchini-Stuffed Mushrooms with Couscous

Honey-and-Orange-Roasted Beets

Pan-Seared Jicama, Peppers, and Corn

Beer-Batter Onion Rings

Spring Vegetables with Lemon-Herb Drizzle

Grilled Vegetables—No Matter the Weather

Other Sides

Peach, Plum, and Avocado Salad

Creamy Parmesan-Chive Polenta (contains chicken broth)

Pan-Cooked Apple and Pears with Maple Sauce

Cranberry Salad with Black-Cherry Juice and Toasted Pecans

Cranberry Relish with Chambord and Raisins

Cornbread Stuffing with Pancetta and Herbs

Sauerkraut with Caramelized Onion and Apple

Sesame-Garlic Spinach over Creamy Polenta

Salads and Slaws

Easy Egg Salad Ciabatta Rolls

Avocado-Egg Salad Sandwiches

Easy Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Roquefort and Candied Nuts

Chive and Dill Potato Salad

Ukrainian-Style Potato Salad

Cress and Cabbage Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Warm Root-Vegetable Slaw with Maple-Cream Dressing

Mandarin-Apple Slaw with Sweet-and-Sour Dressing

Soups and Stews

Mushroom-Noodle Soup with Poached Egg

Roasted-Squash and White Bean Bisque

Tomatillo Gazpacho Verde

Pasta and Pies

Baked Broccoli and Mushroom Pasta

Summer Vegetable and Cheese Pie

Cheddar-Baked Vegetarian Pasta

Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Pasta

Baked Mushroom Penne with Spinach Pesto

Vegetarian Pasta with Zucchini, Asparagus, and Snow Peas

Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Zucchini

Pasta with Fresh Tomato and Mushroom Sauce

Dried-Tomato Pizza with Figs and Goat Cheese

Pasta with Kale-and-Roasted-Garlic Pesto

Broccoli-and-Cheese-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Cherry Tomato and Snap Pea Pasta

Linguine with Basil Pesto

Toasted Penne with Tomatoes and Baby Spinach

Linguine with Dried-Tomato Pesto

Vegetable Orzo with Fresh Mozzarella

Quick Fresh Vegetable Pasta

Mushroom Linguine in Mascarpone Cream

Pasta with Red-Wine Mushroom Sauce

Pasta with Parmesan-Roasted Eggplant

Spaghetti with Mushroom Marinara

Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil

Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna with Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh Pasta with Garlicky Romano Sauce

Three-Cheese Ravioli with Basil-Cream Sauce

Roasted-Vegetable Lasagna with Cipollini Onions

Vegetarian Pasta with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Fresh Tomato Puree

Pasta with Eggplant, Mushrooms, and Roasted-Garlic Tomato Sauce

Rice, Wild Rice, and Eggs

Rice Salad with Peas and Honey-Orange Dressing

Black Bean and Corn Frittata

Roasted Butternut Squash and Leek Strata

Mushroom and Chard Tortilla with Spanish Sofrito

Tex-Mex Migas for Two

Open-Faced Omelets with Skillet Potatoes and Wilted Spinach

Wild Rice and Sunchoke Salad

Coconut and Scallion Rice

Japanese Nori-Fried Rice

Wild Rice with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate

Cheesy Mushroom-and-Rice-Stuffed Kale in Roasted Butternut Sauce

Corn and Summer Squash Frittata

Mushroom, Scallion and Green Bean Frittata

Acorn Squash with Baked Eggs

Chiles Rellenos with Chipotle Red Sauce


Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Slow-Simmered Red-Wine Marinara

Old-Fashioned Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Ranchero Sauce

Hot Red Pepper Sauce

Slow-Cooker Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Slow-Cooker, Fresh-Tomato Marinara

Condiments and Appetizers

Fire-Roasted Baba Ghanoush with Flatbread Toasts

Lemony Hummus

Baked Vegetarian Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Smoked-Tomato Salsa

Spicy Kimchi

Fire-Roasted Baba Ghanoush with Flatbread Toasts

Tabbouleh-Stuffed Pita Pockets

Goat Cheese Crostini with Dried-Fruit Compote

Flatbread Pizza Margherita


Blackberry Pancakes with Honeyed Persimmon

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