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,…

Blood Orange Curd

Some friends came over a couple of weeks ago.  We ate Kasha and Beet Salad, divided up a huge amount of nuts that we had ordered online for cheap and made blood orange curd.  It filled my house with excellent conversation and the smell of orange zest. We followed the same formula that I’ve used in…

Kasha and Beet Salad/ Estonian Folktale Dinner

In 2012, I travelled to Estonia with my sister to return our father’s ashes to the island that would have been his home had his family not fled during World War 2.  It was an amazing trip and you can see some photos and read more about the food in Tartu, Tallinn and the islands…

Milk Baked Chicken with Orange Zest, Saffron, Cinnamon and Spanish Paprika

I first heard about the concept of braising meat in milk when I read the book “Cooked” by Micheal Pollan.  The book is divided into elements.  There is a fire chapter (about barbecue), an air chapter (about bread baking and leavening), an earth chapter (about fermentation), and a water chapter (about boiling and braising).  It’s one…

Bird Seed Cereal (Gluten-Free)

I’ve been eating this cereal everyday that I go to work, for about 2 years now.  My husband has two ancient pet doves, whom he has loved and cared for since before we were dating. He swears that this cereal is exactly the bird seed that he feeds Phoebe and Lula.  Well, if it’s kept…

Bento Box- Mochiko Chicken, Rice and Miso Slaw

I spent the second half of my childhood in Hawaii.  There are certain local foods that I will never stop craving.  I’ve figured out how to make a few of them. This Mochicko chicken recipe is pretty classic.  The accompanying miso slaw recipe is my own invention.  It’s more hippy food than local food, but…

Cranberry, Almond, Ginger Tart (gluten-free)

My plan was to make this tart to bring to every holiday party I went to this year. It’s a beautiful tart, all shiny and red and studded with candied ginger.  The jam filling packs a punch between the tartness of the cranberries and the spice of the ginger, but there is just a thin…

Creamy Butternut Soup with Miso and Smoked Paprika (Vegan)

…and now back to our regularly scheduled program “What can I cook with all of the butternut Squash?”  On this episode we are making Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Paprika.  I had never wondered what the ideal weather conditions were for  the butternut squash crop, but now I know.  With a long, warmer…