Red Lentil and Autumn Vegetable Soup

I made this soup a few weeks ago when the leaves first started changing and I choose ingredients mostly because of their autumnal colors.  It is not typical for me to make food with aesthetics as my primary motivation.  Luckily though, the soup turned out to be tasty, as well as visually pleasing!  The temperature in…

Paprika Hendl/ Happy Halloween!

I am not that great at celebrating Halloween.  Truthfully, I dress up every day…or at least every day that I go into public.  Also,  I earn my living making masks (and puppets) for and with small children.  So it is hard for me to get especially worked up about Halloween.  I usually end up cooking…

Cinnamon Financiers with Apples and Walnuts (Gluten-free)

Brace yourself.  The apple recipes are coming.  I started lining up recipe ideas months ago in preparation for the apples that I knew would be coming in my farmshare.   I have not been receiving as many as I had expected, but enough to begin the great apple dessert festival of 2014. I like financiers.  They…

Duck Liver Pâté for a Friend

Recently, I received a windfall of duck livers.  My friend Bethany got a new duck cookbook and had, over the last few months, cooked who knows how many ducks in who knows how many delicious ways.  Bethany has been my neighbor while she attended medical school nearby, but I’ve known her since she was a teenager…

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…

Saag “Paneer” (vegan)

My husband’s maternal grandparents raised their family in India.  Chris’ grandfather ran an international boarding school in his capacity as a United Methodist Minister.  Chris’ mother and all of his aunts and uncles grew up playing in the foothills of the Himalayas and attending the Woodstock School.  It is easy to see how this experience…

Sticky, Boozy Chocolate Plum Pudding Cake (Gluten-free or not)

This is such a deeply satisfying dessert.  The bittersweet chocolate, the plums and the booze all combine to make for a very grown up sort of treat.  These cakes would be amazing for Christmas, Christmas Eve or boxing day desert….I guess at this point it would have to be boxing day.  They remind me a bit…