Slow Roasted Salmon with Citrus, Fennel and Green Olives

I fell in love with a photo of this dish that I saw on Pinterest. The photo filled me with an instant and overwhelming salmon craving.  I made it once according to the directions in Bon Appétit .  I usually cook salmon quickly on high heat À la Ieva or Marinated in Spiced Yogurt with Rhubarb Chutney.  This…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Sweet Lime Sriracha Sauce

As I have mentioned before, I am not much of a deep fry cook.  I like deep-fried food, but I leave it to the experts.   The food that I deep fry ends up burnt on the outside and raw in the middle,  or it’s cooked through, but soggy with oil.  I know,  I am…

Simple Curried Quinoa with a Crunchy Kale and Coconut Topping

I tend to be skeptical about health food.  Spending my childhood in the Pacific Northwest and in Hawaii, I was always around glowingly healthy hippies who claimed that some ridiculously healthy thing they had taken to eating was “delicious”.  You can’t fool children, and there are only so many times you can feed them sprouts…

Ruby Salad with Feta and Spicy Pepitas

This salad lured me in visually.  I have recently joined the ranks of pinterest users.  I know that I am late to the party.    No one will ever accuse me of being an early adopter of technology or social media.  Anyway, I have been making up for lost time and thoroughly enjoying all the pretty, pretty…

Kabocha Pumpkin and Chestnut Soup with Chorizo

For the last 12 years , I have had an on again off again job, for just one day a week,  in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan.  I don’t actually work in Manhattan much, except when I am performing in a show.  My everyday teaching work is overwhelmingly based in Brooklyn, Queens and occasionally…

Walnut, Lemon and Cardamom Cake (gluten-free)

  I think that I am supposed to be sharing healthful recipes for foods that will assuage the guilt of the holidays.  But I am not feeling particularly guilty about having eaten well over the last few weeks, so I’m sharing a cake recipe instead.  However, as an afterthought, I can say that this recipe…

Sticky, Boozy Chocolate Plum Pudding Cake (Gluten-free or not)

This is such a deeply satisfying dessert.  The bittersweet chocolate, the plums and the booze all combine to make for a very grown up sort of treat.  These cakes would be amazing for Christmas, Christmas Eve or boxing day desert….I guess at this point it would have to be boxing day.  They remind me a bit…

Oat Cookies that Embrace Complexity (gluten-free)

I was raised by a single mom.  She married my kind, adventurous and frequently infuriating step father when I was nine,  but, by then a complicated child rearing system was well in place.  The system involved grandparents, the expectation that I would be able to entertain myself, and a network of other single mothers who…