Category Archives: Vegan

An Ode to Disa to Friendship and Pickles

Friday, 20 July 2012

Disa and I grew up together – 1 block apart (she lived half-way down one and I lived half-way down the other). We met on the first day of kindergarten and played together every day until we discovered boys. Then we played together only sometimes. She is part of the fabric of my childhood and when I think of her I think of so many things it’s hard to list…. But here’s a go….. Her pixie haircut, her beautiful smile, our mothers who were the best cooks on the block, care-free summer days , popsicles, home made ice cream (the Finks had one of those real old-fashioned ice cream makers that required salt and hand-cranking – peach was the best), our swimming pool, riding bicycles to the park and staying out until dinner, family...

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B’July Fireworks

Wednesday, 04 July 2012

When you’re a parent you remember lots of cute, endearing things that your children did and said when they were little. Ask any one of us. We could bore you to tears. I have to work hard to NOT talk about those things in front of my son – I know I could drive him mad with stories and remembrances about his innocent humor and wit. Fourth of July takes me back to when Alex did not like fireworks. Fourth of July was known (and will forever in my mind be known) as “B’July fireworks.” Something he definitely did not like and wanted nothing to do with. He did not want to see them or hear them under any circumstances . . .. But don’t you love it? B’July? B’July fireworks? Obviously things changed and we had lots...

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Sunday Excitement – And It Wasn’t The Dodger Game

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The last excitement of the weekend was the arrival on Sunday of our friend John Patton from Santa Barbara. John, husband of Kathy Patton (she is famous for introducing me to Rancho Gordo), came for a two-day stay (sadly without Kathy who is in Carmel working the PGA). John came down to go to the Dodger game with Alan. Of course we were thrilled that we got John for a visit and we welcome him any day with or without his lovely, wonderful wife – but I missed Kathy. I was sorely and embarrassingly unprepared for John’s visit. First of all, there was barely any gin which is John’s best drink. I knew I had a bottle – in fact as it turned out, I had two bottles both of them had less than ¼” of gin left which I of course didn’t...

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Texan’s Part-2

Friday, 15 June 2012

I love kale and I want everyone I know to love it as much as I do so I frequently serve kale with the meal – whatever the meal might be…. The Texans came for brunch.  We had a frittata and naturally, kale… .  This salad, Kale and Brussels Sprouts, is one of my all-time favorites and is definitely a crowd pleaser.  It was well received.  In fact Andrew (Olivia's cousin as previously introduced) said he was going to have his mom look at my blog for the recipe!  She may be the first viewer!  Welcome Andrew’s mom!  I hope you let me know you were here! Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad (Bon Appétit magazine via Judith Nesburn) This is one of my favorite salads.  Not only is it delicious – really delicious – but...

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Soul Jam, Texan Visitors, and a Santa Barberan

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The weekend was filled with friends and family and, of course, food…. Friday night was quiet. After being rejected for a last-minute dinner date by our neighbors Susan Millmann and Steve Clare (I was trying to get them to go to Wurstkuch for Wurst, Belgian fries and Beer but they had plans…). I hunkered down, scavenged through the refrigerator and found a cauliflower that ended up as crispy cauliflower with capers and raisins (recipe below); some kale that ended up sautéed with lemon juice and some of the roasted cherry tomatoes that I made last week; and we pulled some arugula from the garden and had an avocado, arugula salad with lemon/tarragon dressing. Simple but good. Crispy Cauliflower with Capers, Raisins, and...

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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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