Run a Luncheonette Camp with Brooklyn Apple Academy 2018

This was the fourth year I’ve taught cooking at the Run a Luncheonette Camp with Noah Mayer.  Noah thinks up and organizes fascinating, hands on experiences through which children can learn about themselves and the world year round at his school and home school resource center Brooklyn Apple Academy.  The cooking camp is one of many programs…

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…

Ideas for Canadian Thanksgiving (2015)

My mother reminded me that my Canadian family are planning their Thanksgiving feast right now!  So, here is this year’s updated list of Thanksgiving recipes that can be found on this blog.  All of the recipes include directions for both gluten-free and gluten-full preparations (unless one or the other is specified).  You can click on the…

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…

Feeding the Masses of Miniature Spectacle Makers!

Lately, I have been very focused on helping with the 10th International Toy Theater Festival.  This festival inspired me to begin making my own puppet shows in the 90s, and it is still my favourite festival in the wide world.  It is produced by Great Small Works, a group of theater makers whom I admire…

Valentine’s Menus for Every Stage of Romance

It is time to cook dinner for your sweetheart.  It should be easy.   Stress is not romantic.  It should make your house smell good.  It should be delicious, but not something that inspires gluttony.

Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner

Last year,  I posted all of my Thanksgiving recipes the week after the holiday.  I realized that this was not very helpful.  Here are links to all of the recipes that we have posted that would be great for a Thanksgiving meal.  Next year, maybe we will get it together to do this for Canadian…

Easiest of the Easy: Lentils Monastery Style with New-style Southern Cornbread

Well…. I’m still struggling with the fact that working in a commercial kitchen; however excellent, fruitful and fulfilling, diminishes my desire for cooking at home. Tonight I’m trying to convince myself that cooking is easy and satisfying by making two of the easiest and yummiest dishes in my repertoire. They are Monastery-style Lentil Soup and…

Vegetable Korma and Biriyani

The biriyani that we made for our wedding welcome dinner involved two major steps.  First, you make the vegetable korma, which elevates humble vegetables by braising them in an elegant cardamom nut sauce.