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….

Wine Poached Vegetables served with Romesco Sauce

We begin the third season of the Illuminati Ball this weekend!  If you have not already attended, you can find information here.  We only have three shows this year, so if you want to come buy a ticket now!  Here are some photos from last season, taken by the marvelous Mark Shelby Perry… For this…

Vegan and Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Here is a truly delicious vegan and gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe. The filling is seasoned to perfection and silky smooth and the crust has little bits of crystalized ginger.  It’s so good.   It can be enjoyed equally by those without any dietary restrictions at all.  I made this pie last December when our oven…

Corn on the Cob with Romesco Sauce/ Farmshare cooking

Last week we discussed end of summer tomato hoarding.  This week let’s address the great corn glut of 2017.  My farmshare has sent me a lot of corn and there seems to be no end in sight.  Temperatures are in the 80’s in New York right now, so it’s really still summer here.  I have…

Creamy Passionfruit Mango Parfait (vegan)

Oh how I adore Passionfruit.  I have recently discovered a very good source for passionfruit puree, which is helping me to get over my deep and abiding regret about not eating more fresh passionfruit when I lived in Hawaii (See my post post on Regret and Coconut Passionfruit Chia Seed Pudding).  It’s called Perfect Puree…

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…

Kasha and Beet Salad/ Estonian Folktale Dinner

In 2012, I travelled to Estonia with my sister to return our father’s ashes to the island that would have been his home had his family not fled during World War 2.  It was an amazing trip and you can see some photos and read more about the food in Tartu, Tallinn and the islands…

Bird Seed Cereal (Gluten-Free)

I’ve been eating this cereal everyday that I go to work, for about 2 years now.  My husband has two ancient pet doves, whom he has loved and cared for since before we were dating. He swears that this cereal is exactly the bird seed that he feeds Phoebe and Lula.  Well, if it’s kept…

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…