Category Archives: Salsas/Sauces

Mexico Inspiration

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Alan and I spent the month of October in Mexico. We have been many times but never for such an extended period and it seems that the more time we spend in Mexico the more we appreciate the Country and the warmth and openness of the people. Alan’s first stop was in the Mexican Central Highland city of Queretaro where he was a Global Volunteer teaching English to College students for two weeks. He worked with over 300 students with his mission to speak English with them (and of course he also took every opportunity appropriate to work on his Spanish). My first stop was Oaxaca City and nearby Villages, where I wandered the aisles of the Mercados of 20 de Noviembre, Ocotlan, and Tlacolula, looking for inspiration and cooking and...

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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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Mango Mango Mango Chutney….

Friday, 12 October 2012

We have a big dispute in my family about how to say this word. Alan who speaks Spanish claims that he says it correctly (“mon-go”). But who says it’s a Spanish word anyway. After all they grow in Hawaii. We eat them there right off the tree…. Sheesh.... The correct way to pronounce this word if you care is “Main-go”. As anyone who is from here knows. Anyway... Sweet, succulent, flavorful, colorful. Last week at Whole Foods, Kiet mangos were on sale, for a relatively good price so I bought 12 of them – and they’re freaking huge. Some of the mangos were ear marked for chutney. Some for sorbet. Some for eating plain. I was really excited about the chutney but couldn’t quite figure out when I was...

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And Then There Were The Rellenos

Sunday, 16 September 2012

So, like I said, we were in Oregon, at Susy’s and Barry’s place on the Rogue River and they have this fabulous garden and I mean that – it’s truly fabulous and abundant and absolutely full of gorgeous vegetables and fruits. Let me tell you what’s in there – I just have to. First, there is celery when you walk in through the gate (although it’s gone to seed but it’s beautiful) and around the edges there are grapes growing up the fence and cucumbers on the ground - a couple different kinds. There are scores of tomatoes – heirlooms of many varieties – oh so many tomatoes and an amazing abundance of color, size, shape, and flavor. There are at least four different kinds of onions, white, yellow (sweet and regular), and...

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Jalapeno Escabeche

Friday, 03 August 2012

I was flipping through my new Vegetarian Times magazine (vegetariantimes.com) July/August 2012 edition, and I found a recipe for Jalapeno Escabeche, submitted by Karen Solomon (don’t know her but I liked her recipe). Looked too good to pass up. Also, we have about a million jalapenos on our plants on the patio just aching to be plucked and eaten. A perfectly good Tuesday night activity. I don’t know why it’s called Escabeche. I looked up the word in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escabeche) and it says that Escabeche is a Mediterranean poached or marinated fish…. Didn’t see a reference to jalapenos anywhere in the definition. Oh well…. whatever... it’s what Karen Solomon says this is called and I like the sound of...

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Alex Loves the Tomatoes!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

In anticipation of a bumper crop of tomatoes this season I’ve started searching for tomato recipes and experimenting. Wouldn’t want the harvest to get ahead of me (so far I have 2 small green tomatoes in the back yard and 1 medium sized green tomato in the front yard….). Coincidentally and with remarkable timing, my friend Adrian Newell, owner of the store called “Solo” and who is a big part of Warwicks Book store in La Jolla, CA (Warwicks.com) sent me The Tuscan Sun - a beautiful Italian cookbook by Frances and Edward Mayes. I’m in the process of reading it cover to cover – enjoying it enormously. I stopped on page 43 to read “Roasted Tomato” which sounded delicious and I had to make them right then. Fortunately I...

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Theresa’s Oaxacan Guacachile

Thursday, 15 March 2012

In March, Alan and I took a trip to Oaxaca to visit my Aunt Roberta. I had never been to Oaxaca before and Alan hadn’t been there since his hippie youth.   We planned to be there at the same time as our friend, Victoria Goldfarb and her father, Ed Goldfarb, who were visiting Victoria’s son Josh during his “Semester Abroad.”   We had an amazing trip full of surprises and endless excellent food.  At one point Victoria commented that we generally ate one meal a day: It started in the morning with breakfast and ended when we went to sleep at night.  It was true.  The food in Oaxaca is abundant, adventurous yet traditional, and beautifully prepared, everything you could dream of.   I am going to go there and learn how to...

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