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Greek Lemon and Rice Soup

June 4th, 2012 No Comments

  These are some photos of my journey home, wandering through old haunts and childhood byways.  VW Beetles are far too adorable to just drive by so I had to stop.  Later that day this sunset brightened my road as I drove northward. . . . . . Light, lemony and brothy, this Greek Lemon and Rice Soup is another lively addition to a spring menu….not to mention a great way to eat kale!  Note that there are still rain

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Strawberry Salsa and Spinach Salad

May 29th, 2012 3 Comments

  “What do you eat when your mother is dying?” That was a question my sister asked me, partly in jest because I am always looking for things to write about and partly because we were wondering what foods will help our bodies that are numb from processing the reality of our mother fading from this world. When I am stressed with the adrenaline of catering the only thing I am able to choke down is a banana, but the

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Romesco Roasted Pepper Dip

May 21st, 2012 2 Comments

  Zowee!  That’s what I have to say about this dip. I’m not sure why I should write more at this point, what more do you need to know other than “Zowee”?   Graduation parties, Memorial Day parties and weddings—tis the season of standing around outside and munching.   Apparently I like attention-grabbing flavors in my dips, and this definitely fits the bill.  But you may not want to wear white as you grab the bowl and lick it out…though

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Chilaquiles

May 15th, 2012 No Comments

  I often am stumped about what to eat for breakfast.  Though it is easy and I have it sometimes, cereal is not my cup of tea…I crave that dose of protein and oil to get me through until lunch without a blood sugar crash.   I usually have corn tortillas in my refrigerator, and it is not uncommon that they get a little dry around the edges.  Lucky for me that is perfect for chilaquiles! . Chilaquiles: Fried tortilla

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Chermoula

May 8th, 2012 1 Comment

  Let us free ourselves from being too specific, and think in terms of techniques, categories, and tendencies. To use a phrase from food writer and teacher Greg Patent, I believe in “cooking empowerment“. When we learn the basics of ‘how things work’ we can shift and adapt, letting creative juices flow even when we were too intimidated to think we had such a thing as cooking creative juices.  This is what I mean by expanding our versatility in the

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Edible Flowers

April 30th, 2012 No Comments

  It almost seems too good to be true that you can eat these little works of art. People spend countless hours carving tiny garnishes and crafting flowers from frosting as they try to recreate perfection, when certain times of year give us the opportunity to walk outside and pluck perfection from a stem.   . While it is still early in the season….if you have the luxury of a garden or window boxes, consider adding edible flowers to your

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Split Pea Soup with Spearmint

April 25th, 2012 3 Comments

  For many years in my restaurant life I rarely made soups.  Life was about working “The Line”: prepping and pureeing and sautéing and grilling and assembling and plating and decorating.  But then I moved to a slower life.   It did not include ‘cuisine’ or ‘dinner before the theater’ or figuring out ways to use sea urchins.  This new life was about Good Food for The People. I was called to develop a fledgling Deli, and there soup became

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Fried Rice

April 16th, 2012 2 Comments

  I love Fried Rice because Fried Rice loves miscellaneous veggies. Cleaning out your refrigerator?  Perfect.  Leftover rice?  Perfect.   I used to make my Fried Rice with San-J Teriyaki Sauce, San-J Szechuan Sauce, and Tamari.  Then came the day when gluten was no longer my friend, and I had to concoct an alternative tasty sludge because at the time the San-J products contained soy sauce…which contained wheat. . Recently San-J has switched over to using a wheat-free tamari in

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Pickled Shiitakes and Chevre on Cucumbers

April 9th, 2012 No Comments

  In my opinion, shiitakes are never boring. My father tells this story: long ago one of us youngsters was sitting on his lap, attempting to get his attention.  He was reading or talking or had other tasks at hand so he wasn’t giving his full consideration to the tot.  Determined to get what they needed, this child placed both of their little hands on either side of his face and, with a triumphant smile, turned his head to face

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Favorites April 2012

April 5th, 2012 1 Comment

  I sometimes take full liberty in exploring things other than food at the beginning of the post, and this will be no exception.  This was a week of visiting and reminiscing with family. I have mixed feelings about this premature spring, but over the last few days I let myself thoroughly appreciate the warm breeze and the early color.  And as I was enjoying this luxury that may bring later discomfort with blistering summer heat, my siblings and I

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