Archive for the ‘Other’ Category

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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Favorites August 2012

August 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

  When I was young we used to drive on I-80 to visit family in Colorado during summer vacation.  The speed limit was 55 mph, and with no air conditioning in the 1966 International Travelall…Nebraska was a very very very long state.   On the shady side of the vehicle the windows would be open and it was too windy, and on the sunny side we would hang a t-shirt in the window held in place by rolling (yes ROLLING)

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Lavender Iced Tea

July 24th, 2012 1 Comment

. 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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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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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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Favorites June 2012

June 26th, 2012 2 Comments

  I have a lamp made of agates.  Sometimes I turn it on because I need light and sometimes I turn it on because the warm glow and the intricate design of the rocks makes me feel better. As the first memorial for Mom comes to a close I have been pondering how it all works, this life and death thing.  Sorry—no real answers here, only mullings and musings of Life, the Universe and Everything. I remembered how recently I

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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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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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