Category Archives: Dinner


Thursday, 20 April 2017

My older brother was in town and he often has an interesting recipe up his sleeve. So far, he hasn’t failed me. This recipe has the strangest name: Kalpudding. It’s a Swedish dish (and we come from Jewish Swedes so I felt doubly compelled). I read it and was kind of curious. I’m not really a person who makes casseroles but my brother seemed pretty sure it would be delicious so I decided to make it immediately. Although I only had a bite of the meat part, the caramelized cabbage was really good as was the lingonberry sauce. My family loved the entire experience of the Kalpudding including that it was a casserole - not a normal part of my repertoire. I give this one high marks – my brother was right....

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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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Tomato Confit

Monday, 05 September 2016

My friend Karen had a lovely mom - grandma to Sophie and Lily. Her name was Mary Spivey. She was the best. She was beloved. Mary was a wonderful person. She had a very interesting life and shared it with her children. I learned so much being around her – about adventure and risks and what was important; about being quiet; about responsibility and fun; about acceptance. One day I will I tell you about Mary – as I knew her and about her life - as she told it to me. I had the good fortune of hearing about her early years, in detail, when we were in Paris together for one of her birthdays. She was so ahead of her time and so funny and competent. In addition to her history I have my own experience of her to share. I admired...

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Green Summer Soup – Watercress Vichyssoise

Sunday, 03 July 2016

This soup is stunning and it’s lovely cold or hot. Soup in summer has become one of my favorite things – savory, sweet, tart, spicy – all good. This one is a winner. Watercress Vichyssoise (adapted from Vegetarian Times Magazine – June 2016) This is a flexible recipe and I doubled it for six and had a bit left over for lunch! It is also very easy to make this Vegan Ingredients: 1 Tbsp butter or olive oil (olive oil if you’re going vegan) 2 medium leeks, halved, white and light-green parts thinly sliced (about 2 cups) 1 medium Russet or Yukon gold potato (about 6 oz), peeled and diced 4 cups fresh watercress, pus more for garnish 3 cups vegetable stock or water 3 Tbsp crème fraiche (optional)...

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Crispy Peanut Tofu and Cauliflower Rice, Stir-fry

Monday, 06 June 2016

Lily has been coming over to make jam. We’ve been making strawberry and apricot jam for weeks. Cleaning, macerating, cooking, jarring, giving away. I haven’t been feeding Lily – just forced child labor ☺. I decided I could do better. I found this recipe and it’s a good one. She and I both really loved it. Crispy Peanut Tofu and Cauliflower Rice, Stir-fry (adapted from Minimalist Baker) Ingredients: Stirfry: 12 ounces extra firm tofu, organic 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame oil 1 small head cauliflower 2 cloves of garlic, minced Veggies (baby bok choy chopped, green onion cut into 2” pieces and split in half, broccoli, red pepper, whatever you want) Sauce: 1 ½ Tbsp Toasted Sesame oil ¼ cup soy...

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Cauliflower Soup

Friday, 11 March 2016

Cauliflower. Caul-i-flower. It does look like a flower. A white-ish or purple or green or yellow bulby flower. Edible. There was one in the refrigerator and I felt like soup and I had been mining for recipes the day before and noticed one for cauliflower soup. So there it was. I had the ingredients (or most of them) and it was simple and delicious. Try it. Cauliflower Soup (modified from Food52) Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, sliced including the core 1 Tbsp butter ½ Tbsp olive oil ½ yellow onion, diced 1 leek light green parts only, diced (this is the ingredient that I was missing the first time around and so I used one whole yellow onion. Second time I had a leek. It was good both ways). 2...

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Flank Steak

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Somewhere a million years ago it seems I found a recipe for mustard marinated flank steak. It became a household staple and made the rounds to other families who ate it at our home. I don’t eat meat any more and although I will still cook it for the family and friends, somehow this delicious recipe retreated to a distant memory. This past weekend when we were having a group of friends over for dinner and to watch Casi Divas – second film made by our dear friend Issa Lopez (and which you can get on Netflix) – I decided to pull out from the archives this once famous and oh so popular recipe. Sadly, I could not find the original recipe although I can see it clearly in my minds-eye. Turning to memory, this is what I recall...

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Eggplant Caponata

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Eggplant is one of my favorite foods so I’m always on the prowl for interesting recipes. Nightshade. It’s a ‘nightshade’ food – Solanaceae – considered deadly for people with aching joints and other ailments – not deadly as in life threatening necessarily but deadly as in pain exacerbating. Hard to believe. Urban myth? I think it might actually be true and Ihave tried not eating nightshade plants. I’ve also tried doing more yoga and the later is pretty effective for building up muscle where achiness occurs. Anyway, for the moment, I ignore the information and eat on. This is a super deeply delicious dish with complex flavors of sweet and sour (“agrodolce” in Italian). This dish hails from Sicily according...

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Simmered Chickpea Stew

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Get those garbanzo beans a soakin’ Long ago, when Alex was a youngster, I had a client who gave me a recipe for her favorite garbanzo bean stew. It really was delicious and I made that recipe many times – delicious and cheap. Although we both grew tired of this recipe I’m pretty sure that it did imprint as one of his childhood foods, so when I make it now, it’s familiar and comforting. I was thinking of this recipe the other day but couldn’t find it. Frustrating but I decided to try to ad lib holy-befold! I have to say that I’ve come pretty close! I got those Rancho Gordo dried garbanzo beans to soaking and this is what I came up with. A pretty good approximation of my favorite simmered chickpea stew. Simmered...

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Ployes – French Buckwheat Pancakes

Sunday, 10 January 2016

A while back I had a hankering for a super thin buckwheat pancake brushed with butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar or maybe drizzled with maple syrup. I have no idea why but I just wanted that. I went hunting for a recipe and discovered the ”ploye.” A ploye is a type of buckwheat pancake, popular in Canada and New Brunswick. Also now popular in this house. I don’t know that a ploye is necessarily a super thin buckwheat pancake but I made them super thin and they were delicious. They’re really great. Butter up the pan, pour the batter, cook on one side and you know when they’re done because they get beautiful little bubbles all over and they’re done when the wetness is gone and the bubbles popped. A quick...

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