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October 23rd, 2012 1 Comment

. The zombies have arrived a week early, so I jolly well better get into the Halloween spirit if I’m to survive the invasion!  I now know to beware of anyone knocking at the door asking for fresh brains—it’s a sure clue that they are not the Avon Lady.  Sometimes we just have to learn the hard way… . .. They arrived before Halloween so naturally I assumed they couldn’t read a calendar, but apparently some zombies do wear watches.

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Rosemary Sage Pesto

October 16th, 2012 5 Comments

  Here are a few bubbles to lighten your day. . Recently we visited friends in Minnesota who work with a large CSA and they graciously bestowed upon us piles and PILES of fresh rosemary—I felt like I had won the lottery!   I know people in North Carolina whose rosemary grows into giant shrubbery (small trees!) around their house…but it is rarely seen in that kind of abundance in these chilly wintered lands. My friend suggested making a rosemary sage pesto which made

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Roasted Potatoes and Zucchini with Cinnamon

October 9th, 2012 1 Comment

  The title says it all, you don’t really need a recipe…but here I am writing anyway. This is about simplicity: quiet food that doesn’t take much thought or many ingredients but has a hint of unusual.  When I’m at home I often find myself cooking with minimal meddling—especially this time of year when the veggies are so flavorful and I don’t want to miss out by covering it up.   Last year I catered a meal in July for

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Island Beef Stew

October 2nd, 2012 No Comments

  I love tangents, especially ones that involve geeking out. I spent last weekend with two of my sisters, indoors with the curtains drawn and snacks within easy reach as we ventured into a marathon of the watching Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended version of course).  We ate Hobbity food (bacon, squash, beer, sausage..) and our version of Elvish Lembas whey bread for sustenance during our long adventure. Friday morning we prepped, making the Lembas using Bob’s Red Mill

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Surströmming (Swedish Sour Herring)

September 25th, 2012 6 Comments

    It isn’t often that I get to cater with rotting fish. I recently helped a friend host a dinner party, a convivial Dane who loves to bring people together, concoct authentic Scandinavian delicacies and all the while nudge the comfort-boundaries of his guests.  Some examples of dinners past: a meal which included Icelandic Moss and Seaweed; another dinner with Reindeer, Marrow Bones, Blood Dumplings and live Sahti beer; a dinner of Babette’s Feast reenacted; and this time he

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Enchilada Pie

September 17th, 2012 1 Comment

. This is an incredible time of year.  The nights are cool enough for sleeping, the mornings are crisp then give way to a warmth that does not bake my brain but makes me actually want to soak up the sun.  The Farmers Markets overflow with produce, piles of squash are beginning to make an appearance, and best of all… fall means that someday soon it will be winter! . Enchiladas are a labor of love and if you are

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Roasted Beet & Corn Salad w/ Cider Syrup Vinaigrette

September 10th, 2012 3 Comments

  . I give you more diversions with photos from the latest trip to Lincoln, NE. The Burkholder Project is an inspiring artist studio center and gallery started by Ann Burkholder—over 50 artists are involved with this building.  Wow!  More amazing art!  More amazing warehouses saved in the Haymarket District of Lincoln!   This is the mosaic sitting area in front of the Burkholder.   . One of our main goals was to visit the rock-inspired jewelry artist Pamela King and to

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Fennel Maple Salad

August 28th, 2012 No Comments

    Cards.  There is an inexplicable calm that comes over me when I see, hold and play with a deck of cards.  Any roadside stop that involves trinkets and whatnot…if there is a pile of decks on the shelf at the very least I have to stand for a moment and take a few breaths…I think yens would be the word.   In the 1997 movie ‘Conspiracy Theory’ (Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson) a secret government project ‘created’ assassins.

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Carrot Cardamom Puree on Cucumbers

August 22nd, 2012 2 Comments

  I think that these pictures say everything and the less I add the better. I will just give you the setting: a cool August evening, candle lanterns hanging in the trees lighting up the hillside like giant fireflies, a 60’x40′ tent in a grassy meadow, and the bride in a lacy wedding dress that nearly hid her cowboy boots underneath.  A perfect setting to eat these little gems.   . .. The edible flowers are from local vendors and my

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Cucumber Blueberry Salad with Fresh Sage and Mint

August 8th, 2012 1 Comment

  Interesting combination  ¿que no?   This salad came from our fifth Edible Alien Theatre  (performance-art dinner fundraisers we call E.A.T.) production Shadow & Light. The evening’s show was entirely in shadow, the diners surrounded by seven scrims and we used overhead projectors to provide the light for our images, our selves, and shadow puppets. . . The inspiration for the show arrived from different places. Light, and Shadows.  The way light filtered through leaves outside my window, then filtered

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