Friday, December 29, 2006

Back to the Well . . .

I decided to raid my mom's pantry and see what other treats I could make from its contents. Another trip to Mollie Katzen's site led me to this recipe for Wild Rice Quinoa Muffins. For the fruit I used half Turkish Apricots and half raisins. Once baked, I couldn't detect the quinoa at all. They kind of taste like rice pudding muffins.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Of Cold and Colds

I came home to North Florida earlier this week to discover evening temperatures colder here than in RI. That, plus the onset of a winter cold, led me to Mollie Katzen's website -- of Moosewood fame -- for some vitamin-filled recipes to keep warm and help bring me back to full health.

Pictured Here: White Bean & Collard Green Soup - tasty and nutritious.(

Not Pictured: Orange-Pecan Skillet Millet ( and Homemade Strawberry Cheesecake (courtesy of my brother-in-law Darrell). Sweet yummy goodness.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006



turkey kielbasa with green lentils
brussels sprouts
braised leeks

Christmas Dinner with the Cohens and the Lights

cornish hens with saffron and raisins
brussels sprouts with butter and bread crumbs
wild rice

not pictured:
cheeses and olives
leg of lamb
green salad
apple strudel
ice cream
pineapple and grapes

Monday, December 25, 2006

Mommy Food

on the menu last night:
grilled salmon
linguine with cipolline onions

Bottom of the Barrel

my last meal before leaving Provy:

scrambled eggs
Trader Joe's dumplings
sauteed kale

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Dinner for One

Hil's gone so I cooked meat.

Stir-fried chicken with carrots, ginger, garlic, and cilantro
Sticky white rice
Sauteed cabbage (of course!)


soba noodles with oyster mushrooms
tofu and soy sauce
asian mustard greens

Monday, December 18, 2006

Like Brother, Like Sister

Note the similarity in two siblings' chanukah feasts:
chips n salsa
* Latkes
* applesauce
40 cloves chicken
* salad
* wine
? beer
* friends
(peppermint ice cream and * chocolates for dessert)

Tavalodet Mobarak

It was Huss's birthday last week, so a few of us met up for drinks at the Wild Colonial to celebrate. I baked chocolate lava muffins, a recipe I got from my brother-in-law. Here's how you make them:

Preheat oven to 350. Melt 1 stick of butter with 8 oz of semisweet chocolate over a double boiler. If you want it a little less sweet, use a couple squares of unsweetened choc. While that's melting, mix 1/2 c sugar, 3 tbs flour, and a pinch of salt. At this point, you can also butter a muffin tin and dust it with cocoa powder. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla and mix in the dry ingredients. Crack one egg into the chocolate mixture and beat on high with an electric mixer, making sure to incorporate all the chocolate. Do the same with three more eggs, beating the mixture thoroughly between each egg. By this point, the batter should be light brown and a little frothy. Spoon batter into the muffin tin and bake 10ish minutes. The insides of the muffins should be a little gooey when you take them out. Let them cool for a few minutes before removing them from the tin. Otherwise, they might get a bit deformed. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Out of focus, into belly

This is a quinoa 'n sorrel 'n red onion salad that we had with kale 'n carrots 'n chick peas. I'd like to dedicate this meal to the Andean farmers and Red Greens csa people who grew our food.


butternut squash-sage risotto...with a side of, what else...
actually, these greens were the ultra-delicious "cooking greens" from our csa
fresh herbs are wonderful and they come in our csa share too, which this week also included (i am so excited i have to list it all):
fresh sorrel, cilantro, head of escarole, baby leeks, kale, two kinds of asian greens i don't know the name, and the best baby lettuce mix ever
so we are evangelists for the "red greens" csa, providence's .only. csa for locally-grown winter produce. they're taking new subscribers for

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Thanks to everyone who made it over for Hanukkah dinner last night! Special thanks to Eli, latke-maker extraordinaire.

Here's the recipe for Lentil Soup:

2 tbsp. oil
2-3 medium onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3/4 tsp. dried marjoram
3/4 tsp. dried thyme
1-28 oz. can tomatoes with juice, coarsely chopped (or pre-diced)
7 c. vegetable broth (I just use bouillon cubes)
1 1/2 c. dried lentils
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
6 oz. dry white wine
1/3 c. fresh parsley or 2 tbsp. dried

Heat oil in large saucepan. Sautee onions, carrots, marjoram and thyme, stirring vegetables approximately 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, broth and lentils. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer soup about one hour or until lentils are tender. Add salt, pepper, wine and parsley. Simmer a few more minutes.

Chag Sameach, Everyone!

cheesily crackerly winily
lentily carrotly
crunchily saladly
crispily creamily appley friedily
chocolately chunkily powderly

Friday, December 15, 2006

Black and White

So here's the recipe of what I baked for tonight. It's called "Black and White". Many thanks to Heather for having us over and happy Chanukkah to you all!


3 hard-boiled, finely crushed egg-yolks
2 sticks of softened margarine
3 tbs of confectioners sugar
1 pk. of vanilla
2 cups of flour

For the outer coating:

1/2 cup nesquik
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup ground coffee (with almond flavor, if possible)
1 cup confectioners sugar

How to?

1. Knead flour, margarine, egg yolks, vanilla and confectioners sugar until you have a nice soft dough.

2. Take little pieces out of it and round them into a size smaller than a wall-nut.

3. Place them on oiled parchment paper. Bake them at 370F for 15-20 min.

4. In a large bowl, finely mix nesquik, cocoa, coffee and sugar.

5. As soon as you have the cookies out, coat them with this mixture on all sides while they are still hot.

6. Let them cool for 1-2 hrs and serve. Bon apetit!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Yiddish for Addictive?

Boil a package of whole wheat egg noodles. In the meantime, chop, saute, and season green cabbage. Half a head should do. Mix with cooked noodles, most of a tub of cottage cheese, six beaten eggs. Place in oiled lasagna dish and bake at 400 until golden and crispy on top. Cabbage kugel.


red cabbage
crispa rice
black beans
fried egg

Sunday, December 10, 2006

thesis? what thesis?

early winter pantry raid = apple maple anise tart (a coincidence that abbreviated it comes out to "amat"?)