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…

Zingy Ginger Pumpkin Spread

This is not your typical pumpkin concoction.  It has that marvelous velvety pumpkin texture but other than that it’s totally unexpected.  It’s not sweet and homey.  It’s tangy, full of heat from fresh ginger and Aleppo pepper and it has a hint of earthiness from toasted cumin.  This pumpkin spread is racy.I created this pumpkin…

Salad Rolls with Dipping Sauce

I posted about salad rolls when my sister and I first started writing this blog.  But it’s a recipe that bears repeating.  For one thing, I didn’t own a good camera when I wrote the first post and instructional photos are kind of helpful for the rolling technique.  Also,  I recently made salad rolls with the young…

Run a Luncheonette Camp with Brooklyn Apple Academy 2016

During the heat wave in August, I co-taught a week long cooking camp for a small group of boys between 7 and 10 years old.  My partner was Noah Mayers, whose work in life is to think up and organize fascinating, hands on experiences through which children can learn about themselves and the world.  His does…

Watermelon Gazpacho (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

I’ve written about this soup before, but I feel that the praises I sing bear repeating.  When I am called upon to make a summertime dinner for a crowd of people, this watermelon gazpacho is usually involved.  For example, I made it last August when I was the chef for The Freight.  The Freight is a…

Soul Food for a Soulful Dad

My husband, Chris, is spending a week with his dad in Tennessee while his mom is out of town for a memorial service.  My father-in-law is an amazing person to talk to.  He’s full of wit and funny stories.  He drops deep into philosophy and spiritual matters.  If you’re struggling with a personal or professional…

Tangy Cold Pea Soup (vegan and not vegan)

Last weekend, a friend had a bunch of women over to her backyard to make preserved lemons and dolmades, and infuse bottles and bottles of alcohol with herbs, spices, fruits and flowers.  It was a glorious event and I’ll be posting about it soon. For a week previous to the gathering, I had been trying…

A Decadent Eight Course Vegan Tasting Menu for The Illuminati Ball

For the last few months three years, I have been creating and perfecting the menu for the immersive excursion “The Illuminati Ball”  created by artist, protectress of animals and all around bad ass Cynthia Von Buhler.   The Illuminati Ball is a surrealist soirée that includes intricate cocktails, mouth-watering delicacies, inspiring music, devilish dances and esoteric rituals. The…

Creamy Lime Shots with Dark Chocolate and Ginger (Vegan)

I created this dessert to finish the 8 course vegan tasting menu that I am cooking for The Illuminati Ball.  We will try it out for the first time at the March 12th show.  It has been pretty fabulous having these in my freezer while I’ve been testing the recipe.  The flavors are totally satisfying….

Miso Butter Broiled Cauliflower

Well it’s finally snowing in New York.  Here is a proper, healthy, no fuss winter dish.  If you are someone who makes Asian food on a regular basis, you will have all of these ingredients in your pantry, so you can make it without running around in the snow.  This is another recipe that I…