Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Multigrain Pasta with a Woodsy Sauce

Some of the most fun I have cooking comes from inventing pasta dishes with satisfying sauces.  Tonight’s dinner was one of those.  I decided to create a mushroom-based vegetable sauce, with a decidedly woodsy flavor, and it worked out beautifully. … Continue reading

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Creative Tofu and Vegetable Dinner

I was getting a bit stale in the recipe department, until I found some inspiration from Food52 today.  The triggers were a Miso-Maple Roasted Vegetable dish, and a Grilled Peanut Tofu.    The meal was pretty simple: Extra-firm Sprouted Tofu … Continue reading

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Pasta e Fagioli

The penultimate comfort food for me on a cold February Sunday is Pasta e Fagioli.  I was inspired by a Food52 recipe, although as I began to follow it, I found it to be confusing.  So I will give you … Continue reading

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Wisdom from Sid Caesar

The great comedian, Sid Caesar, died this week at 91.  He was a comic genius and a great entertainer, but he went through some very difficult personal challenges over many years.  Having survived those troubled times, he had this to … Continue reading

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As Close as I Get to Sochi…

Hipstamatic is a pretty cool app for my iPhone.  I’ve used it now for several years.  In the past week they released a new HipstaPak named Sochi, and I loved the deep, saturated tones, so I added it to my … Continue reading

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Mushroom Consommée – the Details

You’ve heard me rave a few times recently about a marvelous, simple mushroom consommé from the cookbook Unplugged Kitchen, by Viana Laplace.  Well, I made it again tonight, and it is so straightforward and gratifying, I thought I should provide … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Supper for Three

Unlike my high school days, I am no longer a big football fan.  Nor do I watch TV.  But part of the American culture celebrates the Superbowl with enthusiasm, and for me it was an opportunity to invite our friend, … Continue reading

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Family, Food, Regional Cooking, and Identity

I was particularly attracted to a small poster I saw recently on Facebook: It purports to be a quote from Marcella, but I can’t verify that, although it is consistent with her observations throughout her cookbooks.  Not long after seeing … Continue reading

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Red Lentil and Ginger Soup, and a Revelation While Waiting

Barbara made a very good and healthy soup using primarily red lentils, other vegetables, and lots of fresh ginger.  I learned it was in process when I saw the prep work all done on the counter (except for the lentils, … Continue reading

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Mystery Image

It’s been over two weeks since my last post, so I will start small, with a mystery image.  I’ll be interested in your guesses about what it might be.  Answer coming soon.

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