Archive for the ‘Vegan’ Category

Lavender Iced Tea

July 24th, 2012 1 Comment
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. Lavender, a Wonder Plant of the herbal world. The name lavender is from the Latin word ‘lavare’ which means to wash—it was a common Roman practice to use lavender in public baths.  Lavender has been used in healing remedies for ages, but if you need a more Western confirmation of the properties the following is from the University of Maryland’s Medical Center: . “this herb has been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and

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Smoked Tofu with Tomatoes and Chipotles

July 17th, 2012 1 Comment
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. . Smoked tofu?!? Remember 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 smoke salmon then you can smoke tofu, yes? Yes. The idea of smoking tofu was first introduced to me by my friend Jase (the cook at the South Pole), which we made indoors in a covered pan under a heavy-duty exhaust hood.  Then I began to learn more about smoking, and

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Roasted Yam Chili Salad

July 3rd, 2012 No Comments
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  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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Strawberry Salsa and Spinach Salad

May 29th, 2012 3 Comments
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  “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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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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Harira

March 5th, 2012 2 Comments
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  “Fragrant” would be the word for this hearty North African soup. As we continue with the idea of mixing ‘sweet’ spices (like nutmeg) with savory dishes, Harira is a perfect example to try.  Cinnamon and ginger play important roles in this stew, providing a warm spice that earns it a spot on the list of comfort foods even if you’ve had no history with it. . Harira is traditionally served to break the fast at Ramadan and at other

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