Category Archives: Vegetarian

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, Batch-33.com, 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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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Sunday, 11 December 2016

My younger brother Phillip asked for a chocolate pecan pie one Thanksgiving. I can never say ‘no’ to him. I spent the first few years combining recipes for pecan pie and chocolate bourbon pie and like that. I finally found a Martha Stewart chocolate pecan tart that was pretty good but every year I looked and looked for something else. This year, I found it. It’s really good. I highly recommend it. Chocolate Pecan Pie (- from the New York Times) For the Crust Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (150 grams) ¼ tsp fine sea salt 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, high fat is the best (like a European style) chilled and cubed 2 to 4 Tbsp ice water, as needed Directions for the Crust: In a food...

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Thanksgiving Stuffing

Monday, 05 December 2016

Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday to me. First because it’s a day to reflect on the scores of reasons we have to be thankful and to acknowledge those we are thankful for. Thanksgiving isn’t the only day of reflection in this regard but it’s a big day for that. I also love it because family and friends are together and we get to eat amazing food. There are foods that are traditional in my family and I love to make them the way we always have. There are other foods I experiment with. My Mother was an amazing cook and I have her recipes. Although she doesn’t cook much any more she can still tell me what I do wrong with her recipes. I think last year was the last time for an Ellen made Crumble Top Apple Pie....

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Apple Pie

Monday, 05 December 2016

It is Thanksgiving 2016. Even in this insane year there is much to be thankful for. Keeping it simple, let’s be thankful that Ellen discovered this Crunch-top Apple Pie who knows how many years ago. She usually insists on making it. Then she insists on serving it, and sometimes she even insists on deciding which guest gets to eat it (Susan…. remember that Thanksgiving?). This year we had a talk and she agreed that I could give it a go on my own. Here’s a photo of the Sunset cookbook with the recipe (on short-term loan to me), my gorgeous new rolling pin (works like a dream), and the PIE (not as pretty as Ellen Neiman’s but then it only took me 40 minutes start to finish and dollars to donuts it tastes the same as...

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Lace’s Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday, 25 September 2016

These cookies need no introduction other than they are the best cookies EVER. Smittenkitchen described them as “scandalous” and it’s true. My friend Lace adapted the recipe and it is now flour-free. Light, crispy, chocolaty, so good. Lace’s Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Smittenkitchen.com recipe for crisp salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies) Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 1 cup oat flour ¾ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp table salt 14 Tablespoons ( 1 ¾ cups) unsalted butter, slightly softened 1 cup sugar ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups old fashion rolled oats 6 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate hand...

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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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