Category Archives: Recipes

Zucchini And Ricotta Cakes With Lemon

Sunday, 15 June 2014

I think I’m there. I’ve reached the pinnacle. I have found the ultimate perfect zucchini recipe. Maybe. I could eat these delicious little cakes all day long. For the first time ever I’m wanting there to be even more zucchini in my garden. This recipe comes from a book that my friend Disa gave me (wife of famous brew meister Neils Thomson of Wintercoat brewery fame). Disa and Niels live in Denmark (Disa and I met on the first day of Kindergarten so we have significant history). She comes to visit her folks – making me the unintended beneficiary of the visit. She always brings me some Danish goodies when she comes. Almost always food related because she and I love to cook together. She has brought me chocolate,...

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Lemon-Zucchini Soup

Thursday, 05 June 2014

I am still working through all of the zucchini in my garden. They ripen before I turn around and there are still so many it’s overwhelming. But fun and challenging. Today zucchini soup. Tomorrow zucchini double-chocolate brownies. I think. I needed the zucchini soup to be something out of the ordinary. So, as usual, I read and combined recipes and ingredients. We liked how this soup tasted. Hope you do too. Lemon-Zucchini Soup Ingredients: Olive oil 1 ½ pounds of zucchini roughly chopped 1 large onion – chopped 1 small potato (optional) chopped 5 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock – must be home made – makes a big difference. I used vegetable of course. ½ cup chopped basil ½ cup chopped...

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Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My need to dominate the over-abundance of zucchini in my garden continues. I walked out on Friday afternoon and there were another million zucchini ready to be picked and probably two dozen squash blossoms – gorgeous – but a little overwhelming for a home cook. Squash blossoms. A delicacy I’ve heard. Stuffed squash blossoms. Why not try making them. Why not try it now. I had no Friday night plans. So off I went on the hunt for a simple recipe – one that required nothing more than what I had in my house. I found scores of them. What I ended up with was a simple cheese and mint stuffing and a beer batter to coat the stuffed blossoms. I also found a nice tomato sauce recipe to lay the cooked stuffed blossoms on....

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Polenta Cookies

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I’m kind of on a cornmeal in dessert kick. Don’t know why. Last month I hunted for the perfect cornmeal olive oil cake. This month it’s cornmeal cookies. I just couldn’t make them until I had a reason and Saturday night was the perfect opportunity. Our friends Mary and Pablo (Pablo the famous electrician and tamale maker extraordinaire) invited us for dinner. My contribution was a salad and that’s it but I somehow felt compelled to bring dessert too – that part struck me at 5:00 pm and we were to be there between 6:00 and 6:30. The pressure was on. I had been staring at a Polenta Cookie recipe for quite some time - from Food52 - submitted by someone named Emiko and it looked like I could get it done in the right...

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Zucchini Circles

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Zucchini. I am ambivalent about my relationship with zucchini. I want it to be a special relationship but it’s not really. Zucchini is just kind of blah. Water and tasteless squash. But it’s pretty and I keep wanting to make things with it. I just keep trying and trying and trying. My most recent attempt at improving our relationship was tonight. This is what I did. . .. Zucchini Circles (made up) Ingredients: A bunch of smallish zucchini or zucchini of any size. Olive oil – a couple tablespoons ½ cup of grated or shredded parmesan cheese ½ cup of bread crumbs salt and pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 450° Oil or spray oil a baking sheet Cut the zucchini into 1/4 “ circles Mix the...

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Smashed Potatoes

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

We made these for brunch on Sunday. They are the easiest to make (and to eat)_. They were really delicious. I maybe put too much salt on them (definitely did in fact) but they were still great. Everyone loved them. They would also be great with a red spice sprinkled over them before the ‘broil’. Perhaps smoky paprika? Chipotle flakes? Sumac? Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (remember that stuff?) These potatoes are so versatile. They’re good for breakfast or brunch or dinner or right when you get home from work and you’re starving and can’t wait for anything. They’re good on their own or as a side. And they’re soooo pretty. Smashed Potatoes Ingredients: Potatoes – as many as you want. I used fingerlings...

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Mandelbrod Aka Mondel Broidt

Thursday, 08 May 2014

My Mother-in-law Ellie Seltzer, wife of the late Bernie Seltzer (father-in-law and beloved father of my dear darling husband), has been in town visiting with us. Having Ellie here has been a total treat. Why did we ever wait so long to bring her out for a visit. Ellie is awesome and enjoyable and an excellent houseguest and kind and wise. We love her and have loved having her here. One of the things that I enjoy enormously when we go visit Ellie in Florida – besides being around her - is her mandelbrod. Jewish biscotti – for those of you who have no idea what a mandelbrod is. Ellie is an amazing mandelbrod maker and she’s promised me for years that she will teach me. Well this trip was the perfect opportunity but then all of...

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Chilaquiles

Monday, 05 May 2014

(An amalgamation of recipes from the internet and a couple of Mexican cook books) Today is May 5th – Cinco de mayo and as noted in my May 5th 2012 post, a holiday of relative insignificance in Mexico (except in Puebla where it is called El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla, aka The Day of the Battle of Puebla), that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. Today, here in Venice, we celebrated with brunch because my brother Eric and brother-from-another-mother Danny were in town for their 40th High School Reunion. My niece Jane and her friends were in attendance along with Alan my husband, my step-son Jared and my son Alex...

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Orange Cornmeal Olive Oil Cake

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

I have been wanting to make an olive oil cake for a long time. I’ve been reading recipes for months – truly. I had in my mind that an olive oil cake would be dense, simply rich – not heavy rich - flavorful, moist and elegant. I have never eaten an olive oil cake before to my knowledge but I just had in my mind what it would taste like. I really wanted to make one but I was also wary because I didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t turn out moist and delicious. Well...Ellie’s visit prompted me (Ellie is my mother-in-law – Alan’s step-mom who is visiting us from Florida. I wrote about her previously). Tonight, Sunday, - Easter Sunday by the way - the kids came to celebrate and visit Ellie and I needed...

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Berkeley Cheese Board Scones

Monday, 28 April 2014

Ellie came for a visit. We had been waiting for her for weeks. Ellie is Alan’s Father’s wife. I don’t think she has been out in 10-years – since our wedding. So much has happened in her life and in ours since then. Most notably – Bernie, her husband, Alan’s dad, passed away. He was a wonderful, interesting, charismatic man and my husband Alan loved him so much – so did Ellie. He died in his sleep. So peaceful. We haven’t seen Ellie in a couple years – the last time was when we were on our way to Cuba – with Alex and we stopped in Florida for a visit with her. We have been wanting to have her out for quite some time and it finally worked out. Ellie is amazing. She is 89-years old and lives in Boynton Beach Florida,...

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