Membrillo and Cashew Cream Parfait with Caramelized Rosemary Almonds

I created this parfait for the dessert course of The Garden of Alchemy Dinner hosted by The Muses in late October. I decided to use membrillo because my godson and his mother gave me quinces that they had picked in upstate New York. Turning quinces into membrillo feels akin to turning lead or straw into gold. You start with hard, lumpy green fruit with a tart taste and grainy texture and end up with a delicately floral sweet confection of an impossible ruby hue. It felt very appropriate to our alchemical theme!

Charred Harvest Vegetables with Spicy Romesco Sauce

At the end of October, I cooked at five course dinner for 12 women who attended the Garden of Alchemy event created by The Muses. Each course of the dinner evoked an element (water, air, fire, earth). I will be sharing the entire menu and photos from the event soon! For the fire course, I…

Confit Carrots

This is a useful recipe to make carrots into something that you can serve as part of a fancy menu or just have on hand for quick meals and snacks.

Passionfruit Raspberry Tart (vegan and gluten-free)

Today is my birthday! It’s never a good day for a birthday.  There is often a blizzard, or flu epidemic or bad deadline in mid march.  This year there’s a pandemic.   Happy birthday to me!  If it were ever a good day for having a birthday party, I might make this my requested birthday tart. I…

Marinated White Beans in Radicchio Cups

I have been eating this salad a lot lately.    It’s the  pleasing texture and flavor contrasts that are holding my attention –  bitter, crunchy radicchio and tangy,  soft white beans.  Also, it’s very easy to make.

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…