Monthly Archives: June 2013

Zucchinis Abound

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I think Zucchini is a great thing and it’s so easy to grow and when it does there is so much around but I’m always struggling to figure out what to do with it. One of my all time favorite zucchini things is to get little ones – a whole bunch of them – cut them in half and mix with just a little olive oil. Grill (I use my little stove-top grill) until they’re soft and have those nice brown grill lines on them. Salt (Maldon of course) and squeeze a little fresh lime juice on top. So good! My next favorite zucchini recipe is below. It’s really nice. It’s quick. It’s tasty and healthy and not fattening. You’ll love it. This recipe is from Deborah Madison’s book The Savory Way – A really excellent...

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Thank You Ed! – Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad

Saturday, 22 June 2013

I’ve been on a vegetable dish experimentation binge for the past couple of weeks. I’ve made some good ones, some not so good ones – no bad ones. My family members and friends have been my tasters. One of the big hits around the table is Yotam Ottolenghi’s Moroccan Carrot Salad from his beautiful book Plenty. Won hands down over the zucchini in yogurt which I love. So... When Victoria Goldfarb invited us for dinner on Friday to visit with her Father Ed Goldfarb (our Oaxacan traveling mate), in town from Chicago – an invitation we couldn’t turn down! I decided that in addition to taking a green salad that I would take a vegetable dish. When Vic told me that “Joel loves carrots” the decision was made. But then I realized...

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Fear Of Rhubarb

Thursday, 20 June 2013

I’ve been pretty curious about rhubarb for a couple of years but weirdly intimidated by it. It’s not an ingredient that either my mother or grandmother ever used when I was growing up. Ever. So I don’t have a context for it and that has made me kind of anxious. Never cooked with it. Never ate it. Weird – I know – because if nothing else I’m a pretty fearless cook. I’ll try cooking pretty much anything I’m curious about and eat any non-meat thing too - so I don’t get the ‘rhubarb phobia/block’ but anyway it exists and it was time for me to overcome it. I’ve been super curious about it. I love the color. I love the concept of going both ways savory and sweet. I read lots of rhubarb recipes. My...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

It’s June. The month of my birthday. Oh joy. I always look forward to my birthday. Don’t know why. But then I never want to celebrate it. I just look forward to it. I think it’s left over from my childhood and all the fun birthday parties that I had. My mom knew how to do that part up right – that’s for sure. I remember it must have been when I was turning 4 and we had a neighbor who worked at a bakery and my mom let me get this really pretty cake from the bakery (my mom always made our cakes but this was some kind of special exception) and the cake part was a dress – a big beautiful old-fashioned dress with layers and layers. I can still it in my mind and there was a doll stuck in the top of the cake so it...

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