Category Archives: Vegetable Dishes

Cabbage and Potato Gratin

Thursday, 30 March 2017

My friend Theresa is a really good cook. She’s ‘by the book’ and has an eye for a good recipe. I can be somewhat haphazard in my cooking. For instance, if I am missing an ingredient that I consider ‘optional,’ I might just go ahead and make the recipe anyway or replace the missing ingredient with something that I think might be similar. I am pretty sure that sometimes what I think is ‘optional’ is not. Theresa would likely consider this behavior heresy and I’m sure she would be right – she’s usually right about stuff. Theresa would not skip or replace an ingredient. Theresa would go to the store and procure the missing ingredient and of course her meal would turn out better than mine. Perhaps. Maybe....

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Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Salad

Friday, 10 February 2017

Yotam Ottolenghi, the darling of London’s contemporary culinary world, brings us amazing, delicious, and not too complicated recipes with a Middle-Eastern sensibility, along with delightful cookbook banter. His cookbooks, “Plenty,” “Ottolenghi,” “Jerusalem,” and “Nopi,” are among my favorites. I find something new and interesting to make every time I pick up one of the books. Yesterday I was looking around in the refrigerator to see what I could pull together for dinner and I found myself with a head of cauliflower. I looked through my old stand-by cauliflower recipes and just felt like I needed some inspiration. Yotam and Sami Tamimi (his partner and co-author of “Jerusalem”) hit the nail on the head...

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Farro With Roasted Squash, Feta and Mint

Saturday, 07 January 2017

Every year on January 1st, we have a big New Year’s Day party and celebration of Jared’s birthday. We feed the crowd traditional New Year’s Day foods including Hoppin’ John (Black-eyed peas) and collard greens and cornbread with butter and honey and a variety of desserts including of course, a birthday cake for Jared. The cake is typically carrot – his favorite – and this year it was really delicious and moist and wonderful AND Disa Fink (See, Batch-33, July 20, 2012 for information about Disa and Wintercoat Brewery), who is in town, frosted it so it was also VERY PRETTY! (See,, September 18, 2012 for carrot cake recipe). I love the day because so many of my friends are together and over the years they have...

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Roasted Carrots with Currant Relish

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

‘Tis the Season but somehow it doesn’t have the normal pizzazz it usually has. The Promenade was kind of low-key. The stores weren’t crowded. The bookstore had some folks in it but it wasn’t crazy. Main Street and Abbot Kinney were a little pokey. Not overwhelmed with parties. It’s just a weird year. Perhaps something to do with the election and fear and sadness and anxiety and fatigue? Just not festive. Notwithstanding, we have had a nice pre-holiday period. Although it’s not usual to make a new friend at our advancing ages, we somehow did. Marianne Kooimans and her husband Steven Woods and amazing daughter Oona Woods. The family of the wonderful shop on Main Street (previously on Abbot Kinney) called Koko....

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My grandmother used to make a delicious pumpkin chiffon pie. I started making it when I started making Thanksgiving but it was never quite as good my grandma's pie.  Also, it is a pie that takes a long time to make and gelatin is involved which, as a vegetarian is kind of a no-no as gelatin comes from critters.  I have tried several pumpkin pie recipes over the years looking for a good one that does not involve gelatin and that’s a bit easier than my Grandma’s.  Until now, I have had little success with the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. I am now a self-proclaimed pumpkin pie wizard.  Here's my secret - do not use fresh pumpkin.  In the past, I would buy a sugar pumpkin and roast it and mash it, and use it for the pie but the thing...

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Barry’s Dill Pickles

Monday, 19 September 2016

In September 2012, I wrote about a road-trip that Alan and I took up to Oregon. It included a stop at Suzy and Barry Stone’s incredible home on the Rogue River. Two lovely, generous hearted people with a vegetable garden to match (lovely and generous hearted!) That vegetable garden was something to behold and as evidenced by photos that Barry sent to me last week it’s even bigger and better four years later. How I would love to be there in that garden, with those lovely people, strolling through the garden, cooking, and river rafting, and hanging out... When Barry sent me photos of the updated garden he also told me about the jamming and canning that he’d been doing this summer. Apricot, peach, dill pickles. I was all over...

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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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Glazed Carrots

Monday, 05 September 2016

There’s this really great beach house in Santa Monica that a whole bunch of folks own together (not us). Sometimes we get lucky and friends, who are members, invite us to join them for dinner. This past weekend Dennis and Lauri invited us to join them along with Alan and Theresa (there you are again T) for dinner at the beach house. So nice. We really enjoy all of these folks and their beach house is a nice place to see each other. Of course we would love to see them anywhere! But the beach house is nice for sure. We all contributed to the meal with Dennis and Lauri doing the heavy lifting - the most amazing food including these delicious carrots which Dennis grilled on site and then glazed. I love them. I made them the...

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Roasted Beet Quarters with Mustardy Crumbles

Saturday, 02 July 2016

Summer time. Baby beets. Or big beets cut. The topping on these beets is the key to this recipe and you’ll think of other things to sprinkle them on. They’re unusual and delicious. Roasted Beet Quarters with Mustardy Crumbles (-Vegetarian Times Magazine June 2016) Ingredients: 2 ½ Tbsp olive oil, divided ½ cup panko breadcrumbs 1 ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard 6 small golden beets 6 small red beets leafy top of beets washed and chopped Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Peel and quarter the beets. Lightly oil a baking sheet. Toss golden beets with ½ Tbsp oil in a bowl and spread on half of the baking sheet. Toss the red beets with ½ Tbsp oil in a bowl and spread on the other half of the...

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Crispy Peanut Tofu and Cauliflower Rice, Stir-fry

Monday, 06 June 2016

Lily has been coming over to make jam. We’ve been making strawberry and apricot jam for weeks. Cleaning, macerating, cooking, jarring, giving away. I haven’t been feeding Lily – just forced child labor ☺. I decided I could do better. I found this recipe and it’s a good one. She and I both really loved it. Crispy Peanut Tofu and Cauliflower Rice, Stir-fry (adapted from Minimalist Baker) Ingredients: Stirfry: 12 ounces extra firm tofu, organic 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame oil 1 small head cauliflower 2 cloves of garlic, minced Veggies (baby bok choy chopped, green onion cut into 2” pieces and split in half, broccoli, red pepper, whatever you want) Sauce: 1 ½ Tbsp Toasted Sesame oil ¼ cup soy...

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