Archive for the ‘Appetizer’ Category

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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Savory Pesto Cheesecake

July 9th, 2012 No Comments

    Savory cheesecake…why not?  It’s like a pâté made with ricotta cheese. Are you hosting a party and want something that can be prepared a day ahead, a treat that includes the greenery of summer and is also a hearty spread for crackers?   Need an afternoon munchable served as people drink their mojitos?   Here you go.   I use this appetizer both in the summer when the herbs are fresh, and in the winter when the frozen pesto brings

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Dill Cumin Popcorn

June 18th, 2012 5 Comments

  This is a photo of my mother that depicts what we hope she experienced this week as she crossed over to the other side.  She would be sailing down a waterslide with a huge smile and her arms up in the air.   What an incredible process, this dying thing, I am in awe. . Here is another photo—she LOVED to laugh! . . Our family has been together a lot lately, and without fail the fall-back task to

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Lettuce Wraps with Thai Chicken

June 12th, 2012 1 Comment

  Lettuce wraps have given me such relief in the summer months—I can eat cold meals, gluten free. Lettuce is a vehicle, an edible cupping tool that gets the filling from the plate into my mouth, without bread.  I have also tried other fillings like tacos, tempeh, sesame beef, and sandwich-makings.  These buddies can be a little messier than bread since the lettuce does not absorb any liquid of the filling, but they work, and are especially great in 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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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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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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Polenta Napoleon with Fig Compote and Feta

March 26th, 2012 2 Comments

    Today there has been very little physical activity as I begin the process of recovering from the marathon flurry of scrambling to prepare for our Edible Alien Theatre show “In Profundus”.  It is incredible what can happen when there are deadlines, especially when 109 people signed up to see what it is that you have been promising.  A remarkable amount can be pulled together in the final 72 hours! There will eventually be a page for the show

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Gluten Free Samosas with Pea, Potato and Green Mango

March 19th, 2012 3 Comments

    Too many times I have suggested to a client an interesting idea, and as it is leaving my mouth my brain is shouting, “Stop, you crazy woman! You don’t know how to do that!!” For example: My Mouth “‘Oh yes, we could serve Squash Soup using acorn squash for bowls to 125 people…in a barn.” My Brain, “Shut up!  Shut up!  Stop talking!  Delete!  Delete!”   More often than not these ideas were proposed by me so I have

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Frittata with Spring Greens, Feta and Caramelized Onions

March 13th, 2012 No Comments

  If you live in an area where winters are chilly and you have access to local produce, then you know that Spring = Eggs and Greens.      (In some circles Spring also means Maibock Beer, but that’s another story…) . So if Spring = Eggs and Greens, and Eggs and Greens = Frittata, then Spring = Frittata. My 7th grade geometry teacher Mr. Gerhart would be so proud! . . A Frittata could be called a crustless quiche, or an open-faced

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