Monthly Archives: December 2016

Roasted Carrots with Currant Relish

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

‘Tis the Season but somehow it doesn’t have the normal pizzazz it usually has. The Promenade was kind of low-key. The stores weren’t crowded. The bookstore had some folks in it but it wasn’t crazy. Main Street and Abbot Kinney were a little pokey. Not overwhelmed with parties. It’s just a weird year. Perhaps something to do with the election and fear and sadness and anxiety and fatigue? Just not festive. Notwithstanding, we have had a nice pre-holiday period. Although it’s not usual to make a new friend at our advancing ages, we somehow did. Marianne Kooimans and her husband Steven Woods and amazing daughter Oona Woods. The family of the wonderful shop on Main Street (previously on Abbot Kinney) called Koko....

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Cranberry Sauce

Saturday, 24 December 2016

One of the many reasons I look forward to Thanksgiving is the cranberry sauce. I love making it and I love eating it. For years I have been on the hunt for a perfect cooked sauce (I have a favorite raw relish that I will post as well). I found this gem as part of a Food52 contest. It was not the winner but as far as I’m concerned it is far above the rest! It is slightly modified. The original recipe called for a pinch of cayenne pepper but I have not been able to bring myself to include that one ingredient. Maybe next year. Cranberry Sauce Ingredients: 1 Tbsp butter 1 honeycrisp apple, finely chopped 1 tsp found cinnamon 12 to 14 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and the uglies culled out 1 cup real maple...

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My grandmother used to make a delicious pumpkin chiffon pie. I started making it when I started making Thanksgiving but it was never quite as good my grandma's pie.  Also, it is a pie that takes a long time to make and gelatin is involved which, as a vegetarian is kind of a no-no as gelatin comes from critters.  I have tried several pumpkin pie recipes over the years looking for a good one that does not involve gelatin and that’s a bit easier than my Grandma’s.  Until now, I have had little success with the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. I am now a self-proclaimed pumpkin pie wizard.  Here's my secret - do not use fresh pumpkin.  In the past, I would buy a sugar pumpkin and roast it and mash it, and use it for the pie but the thing...

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Sunday, 11 December 2016

My younger brother Phillip asked for a chocolate pecan pie one Thanksgiving. I can never say ‘no’ to him. I spent the first few years combining recipes for pecan pie and chocolate bourbon pie and like that. I finally found a Martha Stewart chocolate pecan tart that was pretty good but every year I looked and looked for something else. This year, I found it. It’s really good. I highly recommend it. Chocolate Pecan Pie (- from the New York Times) For the Crust Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (150 grams) ¼ tsp fine sea salt 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, high fat is the best (like a European style) chilled and cubed 2 to 4 Tbsp ice water, as needed Directions for the Crust: In a food...

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Thanksgiving Stuffing

Monday, 05 December 2016

Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday to me. First because it’s a day to reflect on the scores of reasons we have to be thankful and to acknowledge those we are thankful for. Thanksgiving isn’t the only day of reflection in this regard but it’s a big day for that. I also love it because family and friends are together and we get to eat amazing food. There are foods that are traditional in my family and I love to make them the way we always have. There are other foods I experiment with. My Mother was an amazing cook and I have her recipes. Although she doesn’t cook much any more she can still tell me what I do wrong with her recipes. I think last year was the last time for an Ellen made Crumble Top Apple Pie....

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Apple Pie

Monday, 05 December 2016

It is Thanksgiving 2016. Even in this insane year there is much to be thankful for. Keeping it simple, let’s be thankful that Ellen discovered this Crunch-top Apple Pie who knows how many years ago. She usually insists on making it. Then she insists on serving it, and sometimes she even insists on deciding which guest gets to eat it (Susan…. remember that Thanksgiving?). This year we had a talk and she agreed that I could give it a go on my own. Here’s a photo of the Sunset cookbook with the recipe (on short-term loan to me), my gorgeous new rolling pin (works like a dream), and the PIE (not as pretty as Ellen Neiman’s but then it only took me 40 minutes start to finish and dollars to donuts it tastes the same as...

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