Category Archives: Recipes

Chicken Pot Pie

Monday, 31 March 2014

You have to be a masochist to make a chicken pot pie. Honestly. It is such a pain in the butt – so time consuming – exhausting in fact. And although homemade pot-pies are delicious - so are Mrs. Swanson’s and you don’t have to do anything other than buy it and pop it in the oven. I remember when I was a kid my parents would go out on Friday or Saturday night and our babysitter Maria Ceraceda or her sister Agnes (who, by the way, was President of the Davy Jones fan club - FYI) would make us dinner (Chicken Pot Pies, popcorn or hot fudge Sundays – parfait style) and we got to eat on TV trays in front of the TV. Best nights ever. Sometimes Maria would bring her boyfriend Renee over and he would teach us sign-language – that...

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Roasted Vegetable Stock

Saturday, 22 March 2014

(From How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman) I have been meaning to post this recipe since the day I started this thing. I reference “homemade Vegetable Stock” in lots of recipes and it was just brought to my attention by my dear friend Victoria that the recipe for homemade vegetable stock is not on the blog. A shocking oversight. I love this stuff. I use it for soups, stews, beans, sauces, roasts, curries, whenever I can. Whenever a recipe calls for stock – this is my go to. I keep it in the freezer at all times, stored in 2 cup portions in freezer baggies. It’s pretty concentrated so I often use part stock and part water. I am never out. When my stock of stock (haha!) gets low I make more. The reason for my...

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Chocolate Torte with Bittersweet Ganache Glaze

Thursday, 20 March 2014

(Vegetarian Times, Jan/Feb 2014 issue) I love chocolate. I love chocolate. I love chocolate. Even when I’m on a diet – like now – I love chocolate. I love chocolate even if I don’t get to eat the chocolate thing I make – I’m content to just be cooking with it (sort of). When the new Vegetarian Times (vegetariantimes.com) came in the mail I started my perusal ritual and I discovered a photo and recipe for the most delicious looking cake ever. Ever. Ever. The lead in read: “The No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For with Bittersweet Ganache Glaze” and the photograph made this “Torte” look like the most mouth-wateringly delicious thing in the entire world. I had to make it. But like I said I’m on...

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Red Curry Vegetable Soup

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

It was chilly and threatening rain. I needed soup. Vegetable soup. But I wanted something different. I came across this recipe in the January/February 2014 edition of Vegetarian times. My favorite magazine. It was pretty good – worth eating on a cold pre-Spring day (that would be Winter – a Winterery day) Red Curry Vegetable Soup Ingredients: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 12 oz. (or more) cauliflower cut into 1-inch florets – about 3 cups 4 green onions thinly sliced separating the white from the green dice 2 Tbs Thai red curry paste (such as Thai Kitchen) 4 cups vegetable broth (I used homemade) 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes in juice (I used a smoked variety) ¾ cup light coconut milk 6 oz (or more) green...

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

I was shopping at Whole Foods last week and there were beautiful golden colored organic cauliflower. Irresistible. I bought a couple. I bought more than I should have bought but they were really a beautiful color. I waited a couple days to see if they would get roasted or steamed but I just wasn’t feeling it. It was kind of cold and I thought soup would be nice and I thought something creamy would be nice but not dairy creamy and then there were these cauliflowers in the refrigerator and also a couple of cups of homemade vegetable stock – kind of the bottom of the pot where the sediment and flavor is – sitting in the freezer just waiting for their part in something. The start of something – cauliflower soup. I...

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Vanilla Pudding – Almond Milk

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Issa and I have been making almond milk on a regular basis now. I think I’ve got it down to a fine science (recipe found on Batch-33.com March 3, 2014). Soak almonds, blend 1 cup with 2 ½ cups water, strain in nut milk bag). It’s really good. But I wanted pudding. I thought the stuff would make great pudding but I wasn’t completely positive about it. The big experiment. Whoa. It turned out that Alex wanted to come for dinner. Adrian and Jack came to. I love those boys. Men. Sorry. And the biggest treat of all was that Adrian’s mom Sabine was in town from Ventura – so she came too. I adore Sabine. She is effervescent and has the best energy of anyone. She told me all about her adventure at the Anaheim,...

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Omar And His Pancakes

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

I am writing the post below about a sweet little boy turned young man and about the Valentine’s day pancakes he made his sweetheart. The story about the sweet little boy is from my recollections and what I’ve thought about over the years and some of it might not be quite right. Forgive. Here we go. When Alex was a cute little boy in first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School he made a new friend named Omar. Omar was the new kid in the class. He was from India. I adored Omar. He was beautiful and compelling and necessarily very independent and he was just a lovely, sweet little guy. Omar lived with his father Mansour in a nice house that was easy walking distance from school. The inside of the living room was...

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Winter Pot Roast

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

(from my brother Eric who got it from Cook’s) I made this a day ahead and refrigerated it and it was perfectly outstandingly delicious. The best wintery meaty pot roast ever. My brother Eric is my go-to guy for meat recipes. He’s amazing and always has an answer and a perfect recipe. He also gave me the Pork and Beans, Garlic and Greens, recipe (See, Batch-33 from April, 1 2013). I was having a meat-eating crowd on a week night so I needed to do the cooking in advance. This recipe is particularly good made the day ahead and refrigerated. The meat is easier to slice, and the flavors blended nicely after a day in the fridge. POST ROAST WITH ROOT VEGETABLES Ingredients: 4 pound boneless beef chuck-eye...

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Almond Milk

Monday, 03 March 2014

Our dear friend and informally adopted family member Issa Lopez, wonderful, lovely, whip-smart, funny, excellent story-teller, caring, beautiful person and movie maker extraordinaire (of Casi Devas fame – a must see movie) has been staying with us while she casts her most recent movie before going down to Mexico to shoot it. We have been having a very nice time with her. She is a perfect house-guest – I mean if you can call an informally adopted person a ‘guest.’ Just to say that we enjoy having her around. Easy, engaging, and always interesting. We have had a couple of cooking adventures. My favorite has been the almond milk adventure. The most simple of things. Delicious. Really delicious and far superior to the...

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Valentine’s Day – Red Is For Beets

Friday, 28 February 2014

Where to begin. Where to begin. A lot has happened this month - February (which stunningly is almost over) - and lots of good gastronomy happening. The first fabulous food event was on Valentine’s Day. A love and romance event with food of course as the party was hosted by my dear friend Victoria and her man Joel. The party was at Joel’s awesome beach house in Santa Monica. Victoria and Joel throw a good party and their friends are interesting, warm and lively. We were told to bring a song, a poem, or a joke. Very sweet. I brought none of those things. Kept my mouth shut. Shame on me. We had drinks and hor d’oeuvres (aka ‘snacks’) and then dinner on the deck. It was a perfectly warm February 14th night. Unseasonably so....

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