Category Archives: Vegan

We Made It To The Top

Monday, 03 December 2012

Alan and I visited with Irene Webb, literary agent extraordinate, and her beau Michael in New Mexico in the Spring – April 2012 actually. Irene moved to Santa Fe from Santa Monica about 5 years ago after the kids went off to college – one great, gutsy, successful adventure and I hadn’t been to visit yet – shame on me…. It was an interesting trip and I was inspired. I was inspired by the vast, great beauty of the mountains, sky, quality of the light, faces of people, arroyos, vistas, art, jewelry, food, everything. It was wonderful….. But I didn’t come right home and start cooking. It took some time for it all to percolate – I looked at a few books, read some recipes, did some internet research, read about chiles....

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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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An Autumnal Roast…

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette (from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi) My current favorite cookbook is Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Plenty. Although Ottolenghi is not a vegetarian – the book is about beautiful, delicious vegetables. Many of the recipes include interesting ingredients used in ways you would not normally think of yourself. He’s a genius this guy. You will fall in love with this book. Every recipe I have made from this book is absolutely gorgeous and delicious. Honest. I have given countless copies of this book to my friends for gifts. Recently a colleague of mine – Caryn Espo - and I were talking about this book at a lawyer meeting (food is always more interesting than the law in my mind) and...

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Granola Granola

Monday, 15 October 2012

Mimi’s been awaiting patiently for this recipe... Haven’t ya Mim! It’s tasty and made with good ingredients and might even be healthy – but honestly I’m not sure about that. It IS vegan so Jim will be happy as well... I’ve been making this granola since my college days – tweaked here and there as the years go by with whatever the ‘ingredient of the day is.’ Way back when we didn’t have dried cranberries. We didn’t have chia seeds. I’m quite sure we didn’t put pumpkin seeds in – maybe sunflower…. Can’t really remember. I’ve made it with coconut added and banana chips (horrors!). I’ve made it with wheat germ added and without. I’ve added dried apricot and dried cherries. It’s great...

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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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Monday, 01 October 2012

I love the Fall. I also love Winter, Spring and Summer. They all have good things. Fall has a beautiful quality to the light – and the air feels thinner and cooler even on a hot day. Beautiful colors – even in Los Angeles where we don’t have a big seasonal change. And the food is lovely and comforting and thick and good. Squash. Today was Butternut Squash. I made soup. Alan and I had my Mom over to break-the-fast (Yom Kippur and all). It was a sweet, lovely, unrushed evening. And the soup was really good and different from my usual butternut squash recipe. I started with a recipe from “Eat Local The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers”. It’s a Sur La Table book by Janet Fletcher with a forward by the beloved Alice...

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Family BBQ

Wednesday, 08 August 2012

My big brother Eric is in town from Portland, Oregon – with his wife Annie and two of his three children. Also, my other brother-from-another-mother (my brother’s BFF), Danny is in town from Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his daughter. The cousins are all about the same age as Alex and as far as I’m concerned don’t get to see each other often enough. They enjoy each other’s company and seem to really value their time together. We made a BBQ at my house. Grammy came to see this part of her family and her grandkids. A few others came as well including Annie and Eric’s niece who lives in Pasadena, my step-son Jared and his friend Ryan. I was ambitious and made a big dinner (also made Satsuma jam in the morning – what was I...

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The Perfect Snack

Sunday, 05 August 2012

Granola bars are one of my family’s favorite foods (nice illiteration eh?). I have perused more granola bar recipes than I can count at this point. I have also experimented quite a bit and have pulled together a recipe that is an amalgamation of a few that are my favorites. My recipe is probably closest to the recipe for “thick, chewy granola bars” from which was adapted from the recipe from King Arthur Flour – it’s a great, versatile recipe. I make these delicious bars, cut them, wrap in brown parchment paper, and freeze in big baggies. Alan and I take them on our bike rides. I take them when I hike (I keep trying to get my friend Suzanne to eat one but she’s never hungry....) Alex takes them when...

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Jalapeno Escabeche

Friday, 03 August 2012

I was flipping through my new Vegetarian Times magazine ( 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 ( 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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More Jam – Plum

Sunday, 29 July 2012

I thought it would be nice to make jam with my mom again and she wanted to make plum jam with red or purple inside plums (she wanted Satsuma Plums).  So we got going on that.  Sue Kaplan and I scouted the  Sunday Farmer’s Market in Mar Vista, CA.  ( and I spoke with a pesticide-free farmer who said he would have Satsuma Plums for two weeks only starting the next week.  I was out of town that next weekend so I went the second weekend and of course those plums were all gone when I got there at 9:30 a.m. (30 minutes after the start of the market – just my luck….).  I checked with my Mom and we agreed that I could pick up another pink or purple inside plum and we found some beauts!  Crimson...

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