Archive for the ‘Side Dish’ Category

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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Roasted Yam Chili Salad

July 3rd, 2012 No Comments

  The simmering sun of summer is in full sweltering swing.  Unless, of course, you are my friend Jase who is cooking the winter stint at the South Pole, then sunlight is only a faded memory and you would be trying like hell to figure out amusing ways to stay sane while living inside the spaceship of a station. Go Jase!!  You can do it!  The sun is headed back your way!   As a tribute to that fiery ball

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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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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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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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Squash Porridge

January 16th, 2012 1 Comment

    I’m so hungry! What can I make to eat? What’s in the Fridge? How many times do we ask this of ourselves each week…not having the brain power left to plan ahead, but desperately needing a quick meal because we forgot to eat breakfast?  Too many. Fortunately I have been cooking off the squash that is laying around from my fall binge at the farmer’s market. I roast a pile of it on one day and use it for

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Pinto Fuul

January 2nd, 2012 1 Comment

  If there is a highway that links Gluttony and Hunger, and if on that highway there is a small cafe that occupies the space halfway between Gluttony and Hunger, then on their handwritten menu would be Fuul. As we journey out of the holiday season and the heavy eating that goes with it, the butter and cheese and paté and dips and stuffing and gravy…. not unlike the bacchanalia and feasting of Mardi Gras or Carnival and waking up

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Sweet Potato Rutabaga Latkes

December 12th, 2011 1 Comment

Pancakes aren’t just for potatoes anymore.   I love potatoes, don’t get me wrong…but there is something endearing about the Underdog.  The humble rutabaga, or ‘Swede’ as the Brits call it, it has become a forgotten vegetable in our culture, looking huge and weird in the produce section like an ugly duckling. Rediscover those Roots, that’s what I say!  Taste the Tubers.. . . “…Prior to the introduction of the potato to the Old World, latkes were, and in some places

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Roasted Vegetables…and Fruit

November 20th, 2011 2 Comments

      That’s right, fruit. Here is one of my Rules of Thumb: If there is a technique that works for one thing, it might work on other things.  If you can roast wedges of potato you can probably roast beets, yams, celery, carrots, rutabagas, brussel sprouts, or onions.  If you can roast a mushroom you can also roast tomatoes, pears, apples, persimmons, a pineapple, blueberries, eggplant, or fennel bulb.   This rule of thumb doesn’t always work, but

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