Stracciatella with Ramps and Nettles (to cure seasonal allergies)

I am not the most dependable food blogger.  I try to post recipes that might be useful for upcoming holidays and whatnot, but I succeed only half the time.  However, every year I do manage to post a recipe to sooth, defeat or cure seasonal allergies.  Seasonal Allergies are cruel.  The weather finally becomes bearable, and your…

Baked Pistachio Herb Falafel with Two Sauces

I have been pining after a Tomato, Fennel, Yogurt sauce that I used to make.  It was called Sauce Afghan and it was from my favourite Indian Cookbook Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking by Julie Saini.  To make the sauce you fry onions, fresh tomatoes and yogurt with delicious spices until it separates and thickens…

Pro snacking for lazy yet well-intentioned students

I’m studying biology right now (well I was until taking a break to write this blog post) and snacking on a delicious hummus and yam sandwich. Truth is I have a better diet when I’m sharing meals with others. When it’s just for me I find the best trick is to stock my fridge and…

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…

Oat Cookies that Embrace Complexity (gluten-free)

I was raised by a single mom.  She married my kind, adventurous and frequently infuriating step father when I was nine,  but, by then a complicated child rearing system was well in place.  The system involved grandparents, the expectation that I would be able to entertain myself, and a network of other single mothers who…

Smokey Buttermilk Dressing for Crisp Romaine Salad

In the summer, my girlfriends and I are fairly regular customers at Flatbush Farm and Bar(n).  They have great cocktails (I recommend The Garden Snake and also the Sidecar).  They have Lem (an awesome bartender and all around great fella).  Most importantly (to me), they have really good food.  My girlfriends and I do not…

Mystery Squash Gratin/ Nolichuckey Bluffs B and B

I mentioned in the Succotash post, that my husband and I visited family and went camping in Eastern Tennessee recently.  Well, we also stayed at a wonderful Bed and Breakfast.  Our camping trip was followed directly by a visit to my husband’s Uncle in Johnson City.  I feel comfortable with my in-laws, but not comfortable…

Fried Ripe Tomatoes (Gluten-free or not)

Fried Ripe Tomatoes are a cousin to classic fried green tomatoes.  Green tomatoes fry up well because they are still a bit hard.  You can dredge them in batter or cornmeal, throw them into hot oil and they do not fall apart.  Fried Green tomatoes are often served with remoulade or some sort or spicy…

Eastern Tennessee Harvest- Succotash

When I was in the fourth grade, I found a recipe for succotash in the recipe section of the local newspaper.  It caught my fancy, and my mother agreed to help me make it.  Succotash is corn and lima bean stew but I am pretty sure that the newspaper recipe included ground meat of some kind. …

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Last summer I posted a recipe for chia seed pudding with figs and blackberries.  I expected to eat nothing but chia seed pudding for breakfast all year-long, because it is so delicious and healthful, but I didn’t.  You can make chia seed pudding with any kind of milk and, although I am generally a staunch…