Monthly Archives: October 2012

French Apple Tart And More Lost Family

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I think it was a little gutsy making a “French Apple Tart” just three days after Alex returned from a month-long trip to France…. That would be Paris, France. I know. I know. I know. You’re probably thinking hubris. But really it was more like foolhardiness I think. The thing is, it’s Fall. Fall is all about Apples – so so many kinds of apples. I made a commitment, back in the summer, that I was going to get close with apples this Fall. And it is now Fall. Fall lasts only so long so I had to get going and people were coming for dinner so it was the perfect moment to start my relationship with the apples. The people who were coming for dinner, in addition to Alex and Jared, happened to be Alan’s relatives – yes...

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Chocolate Cookies….

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Chocolate Cookie... And gluten free at that. (by Jesti – whoever that is – from Food52.com) This cookie was billed as “Divine gluten free chocolate cookies. No seriously.” I have to be honest with my readers... I think that is an exaggeration. They’re good – really but they’re not “something unreal.” But then ‘really good’ and gluten-free as a combo with chocolate – very chocolate – might elevate them to ‘close to divine’ – I don’t know…. You can decide for yourself. But I do feel that I can in all good conscience recommend this recipe for the gluten-free crowd (and/or Passover right?) because these are really good cookies. I’ve had requests for more desserts and I know I need more...

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Granola Granola

Monday, 15 October 2012

Mimi’s been awaiting patiently for this recipe... Haven’t ya Mim! It’s tasty and made with good ingredients and might even be healthy – but honestly I’m not sure about that. It IS vegan so Jim will be happy as well... I’ve been making this granola since my college days – tweaked here and there as the years go by with whatever the ‘ingredient of the day is.’ Way back when we didn’t have dried cranberries. We didn’t have chia seeds. I’m quite sure we didn’t put pumpkin seeds in – maybe sunflower…. Can’t really remember. I’ve made it with coconut added and banana chips (horrors!). I’ve made it with wheat germ added and without. I’ve added dried apricot and dried cherries. It’s great...

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Mango Mango Mango Chutney….

Friday, 12 October 2012

We have a big dispute in my family about how to say this word. Alan who speaks Spanish claims that he says it correctly (“mon-go”). But who says it’s a Spanish word anyway. After all they grow in Hawaii. We eat them there right off the tree…. Sheesh.... The correct way to pronounce this word if you care is “Main-go”. As anyone who is from here knows. Anyway... Sweet, succulent, flavorful, colorful. Last week at Whole Foods, Kiet mangos were on sale, for a relatively good price so I bought 12 of them – and they’re freaking huge. Some of the mangos were ear marked for chutney. Some for sorbet. Some for eating plain. I was really excited about the chutney but couldn’t quite figure out when I was...

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End of Season Anaheims (Call Me A Whimp)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

My plants this summer were beautiful, bountiful. Chiles galore. Anaheims and jalapenos. We made Guacachile all summer long and put it on everything... (See, my March 15, 2012 Post). The jalapenos I canned (Escabeche – see, August 3, 2012 Post). Even though my chile plants are perennials (so they say….), they’re at a point where the output isn’t what it was in the summer. So I did one last big harvest and began cooking. I made more Escabeche with the jalapenos – carrots – onion – garlic and I roasted and froze most of the Anaheims. The thing about roasting is you really gotta do it on the flame. It just is way way better than roasting under the broiler – I’m sorry but it’s true. I roasted for two evenings and...

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Autumn

Monday, 01 October 2012

I love the Fall. I also love Winter, Spring and Summer. They all have good things. Fall has a beautiful quality to the light – and the air feels thinner and cooler even on a hot day. Beautiful colors – even in Los Angeles where we don’t have a big seasonal change. And the food is lovely and comforting and thick and good. Squash. Today was Butternut Squash. I made soup. Alan and I had my Mom over to break-the-fast (Yom Kippur and all). It was a sweet, lovely, unrushed evening. And the soup was really good and different from my usual butternut squash recipe. I started with a recipe from “Eat Local The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers”. It’s a Sur La Table book by Janet Fletcher with a forward by the beloved Alice...

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