Category Archives: Recipes

Summer Gazpacho

Saturday, 02 January 2016

It’s been a long hiatus and hopefully it’s over! This is where I left off. . . . We had a treasure trove of tomatoes in our garden, which was glorious and fun. Once again I experimented with gazpacho recipes, which are all sort of the same just different proportions of tomatoes to other ingredients – mostly nuanced differences. Below is what I came up with for last summer. A perfectly delicious cold soup on a hot summer day and it was hot this summer! We lived on this stuff. Gazpacho 2 cups cubed day-old bread (take off the crusts)* 4 pounds of tomatoes – the more delicious the tomatoes the more delicious the soup – obviously. 1 cup of cucumber (peeled and seeded and chopped) 1 Tbsp...

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Super Bowl Chili

Sunday, 22 February 2015

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? I apparently went on hiatus. Inadvertent hiatus I guess. In a way. I had a Thanksgiving posting prepared and then that slipped away. Then Christmas/Chanukah slipped away. Then New Year’s Day slipped away. Then Terry Hoffman’s dinner slipped away. Then Super Bowl slipped away. Now it’s Valentine’s day. No more slipping away. Hiatus is over. I’m back. For the moment I will let the recipes from holidays and gatherings and kitchen experiments go by the wayside, and instead of backtracking four months I’ll start with Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday party started with an email from our friend Suzanne who said something along the lines of “if you’re having a Super Bowl party,...

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Helene’s Chocolate Brownies And Khai’s Send-Off

Thursday, 23 October 2014

I really like reading David Lebovitz’s blog. Someone set it up so that it automatically pops up in my email. I think Sele Nadel-Hayes did that for me. Various people help me in various ways with my computer. Sele is one of my helpers. Issa is another. Alex is another. Jared is another. Etc. I also like David Lebovitz’s app ‘Living the Sweet Life in Paris’ – especially when I’m in Paris. The app is about pastry shops, sweet shops, etc. from David Lebovitz’s view. I like his view. Lebovitz is a Chez Panisse trained chef living now in Paris – so he’s got the chops to know food and to talk about it. He’s charming. He’s witty. He knows his stuff. His blog has typos in it. I’m always happy reading...

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Baked Apples With Dried Apricots And Almonds

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I told my brother Phil that my ‘book group’ was coming over for dinner and that I was making baked apples for dessert. He didn’t think that was a very interesting dessert and made some comment about what’s the big deal about putting an apple in the oven and turning the oven on. That is NOT a baked apple. This is a baked apple... Baked Apples with Dried Apricots and Almonds (-Cooks Illustrated 1/1/2010) Ingredients: 7 large Granny Smith Apples or another tart-ish apple with flavor 6 Tsp butter, softened ¼ cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup dried apricots chopped 1/3 cup almonds or walnuts coarsely chopped and toasted 3 Tbsp oats 1 tsp grated orange zest 1 tsp vanilla pinch salt 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3...

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Faux Cracker Jacks

Monday, 13 October 2014

Although I’ve been quiet for a couple months, the kitchen has not lay fallow. Not too much creative cooking but lots of jamming including orange marmalade; apricot; two kinds of peach – smooth and chunky; strawberry; fig; plum; grape. That’s kind of a lot for an urban gal with no fruit trees so to speak. Well…. only a couple of lime trees, lemon and grapefruit, oh and tangerine, and a baby apricot. . . I’ll post some jam recipes in the weeks to come but for now let’s talk about fake cracker jack. I found this recipe in the August 2014 edition of Food and Wine it’s from Katie Button who is an up-and-comer chef. So far, the reviews of these tasty morsels are good. Cracker Jack...

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Better Than Brownies

Thursday, 31 July 2014

I really haven’t been cooking much this month. I’m a little sluggish I guess and not many mouths around to feed. And then I had my wisdom teeth pulled…. All four of them...A real appetizer killer. Anyway...I did find this morsel of a recipe which has been well received. The Judge liked it – what else could you ask for?! Pecan Brownie Brittle Preheat over to 325° Ingredients: 2 oz unsweetened chocolate 1/3 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup unbleached flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp baking soda 2 egg whites ½ cup pecans chopped a handful of cocoa nibs finishing salt like Maldon Directions: Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with coconut oil or another baking spray. Place butter and...

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Baked Whole Chicken with Lemon

Monday, 28 July 2014

This most delicious recipe for chicken comes from a famous chef via my son’s friend who got it from his friend. Names are not disclosed by request of the recipe provider. I will say no more other than that it is DELICIOUS. I can tell by looking at it . The skin is deeply, darkly golden and crispy. The chicken meat is juicy and succulent looking falling away from the fork and knife at the mere suggestion of being cut. How can anything cooked with lemon and salt and pepper and potatoes and garlic and carrots be bad? Baked Whole Chicken with Lemon Preheat oven to 475° Ingredients: 1 whole fryer chicken organic 3 lemons 2 large potatoes or a bunch of smaller ones 1 sweet potato of any variety. I’m into the...

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014

My new jammin’...

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Crispy Chocolate Cookies

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Half-way through the month and all I have to write about is chocolate cookies. Sad. Crispy chocolate cookies. Chocolate cookies with cornmeal because I’m on that cornmeal textural kick thing. Chococlate cookies with two kinds of chocolate – unsweetened melted and cocoa powder. Chocolate cookies with two kinds of sugar, granulated and confectioners sugar. Really great cookies. In a way they reminded me of the cookies my mom used to make her chocolate cookie, whipped cream concoction that she would refrigerate and then slice on the diagonal. That was so good. Remember that Phil? Eric? Disa? Jamie? Mom? Dad? Anyway. . . a couple things happened this past weekend that made me want to bake. The first thing was that Khai...

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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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