Quote of the Week

“Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.”

~David Orr

 

 

Rosemary Sage Pesto

October 16th, 2012 5 Comments

  Here are a few bubbles to lighten your day. . Recently we visited friends in Minnesota who work with a large CSA and they graciously bestowed upon us piles and PILES of fresh rosemary—I felt like I had won the lottery!   I know people in North Carolina whose rosemary grows into giant shrubbery (small trees!) around their house…but it is rarely seen in that kind of abundance in these chilly wintered lands. My friend suggested making a rosemary sage pesto which made

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Roasted Potatoes and Zucchini with Cinnamon

October 9th, 2012 1 Comment

  The title says it all, you don’t really need a recipe…but here I am writing anyway. This is about simplicity: quiet food that doesn’t take much thought or many ingredients but has a hint of unusual.  When I’m at home I often find myself cooking with minimal meddling—especially this time of year when the veggies are so flavorful and I don’t want to miss out by covering it up.   Last year I catered a meal in July for

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Island Beef Stew

October 2nd, 2012 No Comments

  I love tangents, especially ones that involve geeking out. I spent last weekend with two of my sisters, indoors with the curtains drawn and snacks within easy reach as we ventured into a marathon of the watching Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended version of course).  We ate Hobbity food (bacon, squash, beer, sausage..) and our version of Elvish Lembas whey bread for sustenance during our long adventure. Friday morning we prepped, making the Lembas using Bob’s Red Mill

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Surströmming (Swedish Sour Herring)

September 25th, 2012 6 Comments

    It isn’t often that I get to cater with rotting fish. I recently helped a friend host a dinner party, a convivial Dane who loves to bring people together, concoct authentic Scandinavian delicacies and all the while nudge the comfort-boundaries of his guests.  Some examples of dinners past: a meal which included Icelandic Moss and Seaweed; another dinner with Reindeer, Marrow Bones, Blood Dumplings and live Sahti beer; a dinner of Babette’s Feast reenacted; and this time he

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Enchilada Pie

September 17th, 2012 1 Comment

. This is an incredible time of year.  The nights are cool enough for sleeping, the mornings are crisp then give way to a warmth that does not bake my brain but makes me actually want to soak up the sun.  The Farmers Markets overflow with produce, piles of squash are beginning to make an appearance, and best of all… fall means that someday soon it will be winter! . Enchiladas are a labor of love and if you are

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Roasted Beet & Corn Salad w/ Cider Syrup Vinaigrette

September 10th, 2012 3 Comments

  . I give you more diversions with photos from the latest trip to Lincoln, NE. The Burkholder Project is an inspiring artist studio center and gallery started by Ann Burkholder—over 50 artists are involved with this building.  Wow!  More amazing art!  More amazing warehouses saved in the Haymarket District of Lincoln!   This is the mosaic sitting area in front of the Burkholder.   . One of our main goals was to visit the rock-inspired jewelry artist Pamela King and to

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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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Smoked Tofu with Tomatoes and Chipotles

July 17th, 2012 1 Comment

. . 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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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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