Making Patra in a North American Kitchen

Last November, I taught a series of gluten-free cooking classes to children with celiac’s disease.  The class was generously hosted in the beautiful kitchen of one of student’s parents.  These parents were amazing cooks themselves, but had realized that their daughter did not want to learn to cook from them, so they brought me in….

Radicchio and Burrata/ Arthur Avenue

As the weather finally gets warmer, I encourage you to find a day to visit Arthur Avenue.   New York is changing fast.  Before you know it everything of interest might have turned into luxury apartment buildings and chain stores.  Let’s all slow that change down by giving some time and money to the neighborhoods and businesses that still make New York special.  While you are there, buy the ingredients to make this dish!

Beet Caviar with Lime and Pepitas

Oh my.  I have been busy.  I have over a dozen posts half-finished for this blog that I have not been able to get up because I am so busy.  I’ve decided to post this one because it is the recipe I have been making, serving and eating the most over these last few busy…

Butternut Chaat/ Squashpocalypse!

So…I wasn’t kidding when I said that you’d be seeing more of me.   When I’m anxious, I cook.  Also, my kitchen has been over-run with Butternut Squash from my farmshare, so I have a bunch of squash/ pumpkin recipes to share.  My friend John Carlisle Moore gave me permission to use his beautiful Butterbitterbetternot…

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…

Sautéed and Salted Medjool Dates with Whiskey

At The Illuminati Ball, we serve Medjool Dates sautéed in very good olive oil and sprinkled with Maldone salt as an amuse bouche.  Pairing sweet dates with salt, usually bacon or goat cheese is pretty classic.  I didn’t invent the idea of simply using flakey salt rather than meat or dairy.  I ate this delicious…

Maple Nut Granola (for snack skeptics)

My husband likes to eat cereal as a late night snack.  I am not a big snacker myself.  Years ago, when I was living by myself, a girlfriend who was staying with me for a while stood in front of my open refrigerator and complained “You have no snack food!  If a person gets stoned…