The many virtues of home-made chicken stock

This is the beginning of chicken stock making season for me.  In truth, it is more satisfying to make chicken stock when the weather gets a bit colder, but I am underemployed in the early fall and too busy to make chicken stock in the winter when I need it for soups and holiday dishes….

Potato and Fried Almond Soup

This simple, Andalusian style Potato soup has been a standard in my kitchen for many winters.  Is is one of the three most simple and deeply satisfying soups I’ve ever eaten.  The other two are Caldo Verde, the Portuguese concoction of kale, potatoes, sausage and water that magically makes perfect soup and Stracciatella a perfect combination of eggs, greens,…

The Freight/ Tried and True Recipes for Large Harvest Gatherings

In August, I had the pleasure of cooking for a group of twenty or so artists at The Freight, an artist’s residency run by photographer, aerialist and puppeteer extraordinaire, Rachael Shane.  For the last six years, Rachael has invited artists to spend a week in a beautiful house built by her architect father and potter…

Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika

I started imagining this soup in the late winter, when good tomatoes and the time to cook seemed like a distant and impossible fantasy.  I just scribbled out the basic idea and waited for August to come. It was worth the wait.  My mother and I made this soup from amazing local tomatoes grown by…

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup/ Farmshare Cooking weeks 8 and 9

FARMSHARE COOKING WEEK 8 Lettuce, Beets and Cucumbers-  Made into Salads Starring Beets Broccoli-  Made into Curried Broccoli Soup with Cashew Cream Eggplant- Broiled with Miso Honey Sauce Plums- Made into Plum Chutney for Spicy Chickpea Pancakes Blueberries-  Eaten on top of gluten-free whole grain cereal for breakfasts Peaches-  Eaten with Gluten-Free Coconut Pancakes and…

Paul’s a Sweet Pea Soup/ Farmshare cooking weeks 1 and 2

   Our friend Paul is a sweet pea.  He is the beloved man of one of the very best people that I know (Kerthy).  He is a ridiculously good photographer and film DP.  Sometimes he takes a photo for this blog and when he does,  I get tons of compliments on how my photography is…

Blackberry Beet Borscht

I know! I know!  Enough with the blackberry recipes.   This is the last one, since we are now back in NYC.  In addition to eating a lot of blackberries while on Gabriola, we ate a good amount of locally grown vegetables.  There are quite a few small farms on the island that sell at…

Kabocha Pumpkin and Chestnut Soup with Chorizo

For the last 12 years , I have had an on again off again job, for just one day a week,  in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan.  I don’t actually work in Manhattan much, except when I am performing in a show.  My everyday teaching work is overwhelmingly based in Brooklyn, Queens and occasionally…