Category Archives: Lunch

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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Black Rice Crust Quiche

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Alan has great friends.  I get to have Alan's friend as my friends now by virtue of my association with Alan.  Lucky me.  Two of his friends invited us to their weekend house up in Idyllwild. They have invited us up about a dozen times and we can never go for a variety of reasons – all legitimate I might add - but this time it actually happened and the timing couldn't have been better because the following weekend it snowed! Their home is lovely, the fire warm and welcoming, the wine and vodka freely flowing. It’s in a pine forest, in a little valley community called Pine Cove. The views feature beautiful pine trees with a backdrop of the San Gorgonio mountains. Their home is filled with family heirlooms - from hooked rugs...

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More More More Tomatoes…This Time Soup

Tuesday, 06 August 2013

I’ve been exploring recipes for tomato soup. It’s become a mini-obsession. I haven’t been making tons of recipes or anything – just reading them – and there are so many. And there are so many tomatoes. The recipe I made tonight – or finished tonight – is a roasted Italian tomato soup. I started it yesterday morning. I combined a few roasted tomato soup recipes that I read. In the middle of the recipe I realized that I was out of vegetable stock so I had to take last evening to whip some up. Good to have around in the freezer anyway. Tonight I finished the soup and served it with mini grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. It felt like a winter meal – I guess because we used to eat Campbell’s tomato soup...

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Broiled Eggplant on Another Friday Night

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Eggplant is really one of my all time favorite foods. Any excuse to make eggplant something and in summertime we can pick them right off of the vine here in our garden – thanks to Ed Lynch! Our friend Victoria Goldfarb called and invited us for another Shabbat dinner and to see Eden and meet Eden’s boyfriend Leo - from Paris. Yes. Lovely evening. I happened to have leftover walnut sauce from the dinner that I made the weekend before for Virginia Ripley and her girlfriends (pre-pre wedding dinner) so the natural thing for me to bring was one of my all time favorite recipes – broiled eggplant with walnut sauce – from my new favorite cookbook “The Savory Way,” by Deborah Madison who, for those not in the know, was the...

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A Simple Pot of Beans aka Good Mother Stallard

Saturday, 01 December 2012

Remember that rhyme? “Beans, beans, are good for the heart. . ..” It was oh so funny when we were small. What is it with kids and farting? I wonder why farting is so funny? Curious. In any event…. My friend Kathy Patton taught me about beans. Real beans. The good ones and there are so so so many kinds. Kathy started talking about beans once when Alan and I went up to visit her and John in Santa Barbara. Initially I kind of blew her off actually. She was zealot-like a ‘moonie’ when she was talking about a pot of beans. Rancho Gordo beans. I was like ‘whatever.’ I pretended to be interested. Wasn’t really. But then she just kept talking about the beans and how good they were and how fresh they were and how delicious...

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Dia De Los Muertos or Dia De Muertos And Chicken Chilaquiles

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Alan and I were getting ready to leave for Oaxaca for his 65th birthday and Dia de los muertos aka Dia de muertos.  Alex stayed home with the dogs and I was so grateful and appreciative and I knew he’d want food or he’d go out all the time and that’s expensive and he has no income and I like to cook for him.  Ok…. I love to cook for him.  He’s a great audience AND he reads my blog for which I am also grateful.  And because Oaxaca is such a foodie paradise I paid homage and decided to mak him something representative…. Off I trotted to the grocery store and back I came with loads of chicken.  Now what…  The first obvious choice was an old family favorite of Crock-Pot Chicken – barely worth a mention other than...

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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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