Not Quite Turkey Week, Day Two: An updated post from the archives, with new photos, links, and printer-friendly recipe. Helmut Eugen Benjamin Gellert Hauser must have had the world's most perfect pantry. How else could he have concocted his famous Spike seasoning, which combines 39 ingredients (Really. 39. Can you count them in the photograph?): Salt and sea salt crystals, special high potency non-active nutritional yeast grown on beet molasses, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (the box says NO ADDED MSG, but we'll come back to this), mellow toasted onion, onion powder, orange powder, soy flour, celery leaf powder, celery root powder, garlic powder, dill, kelp, Indian curry, horseradish, ripe white pepper, orange and lemon peel, summer savory, mustard flower, sweet green and red peppers, parsley flakes,... Read more →

The perfect accompaniment to salmon tikka, saag aloo is substantial enough to stand on its own as a vegetarian main course. I've cut the amount of oil in the original recipe way down, and used sugar substitute to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Read more →

Light, healthy and easy, this is a salad to make when you can find ripe tomatoes and fresh mint at the market. I love to use the eight-inch mini cucumbers that come in bags at Costco; they have very thin skins and no seeds. Read more →