Aloo Chaat Inspired Oven Fries

As the weather got cold here,  I became overwhelmed by a craving for Aloo Chaat.  Aloo Chaat is a spicy potato snack served with a variety of chutneys and yogurt.  In my opinion, it is everything a snack food should be. The potatoes are coated in a special chaat masala.  Chaat Masala is different from…

Black Sesame and Ginger Poached Pear Tart (Gluten-free)

This tart would be good as part of a fancy tea menu, although I mostly packed it for lunch and ate it along with cold soup.  Are you noticing the packed lunch theme across the recent posts here?  That is because I have been working very long days for the last two months teaching, rehearsing…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Chorizo/ A story about my cat

My wonderful cat Hazel loves Brussel sprouts.  He likes to chew on green things, and I am happy to provide him with anything that will keep him away from my begonias.  Brussel sprouts are not only tasty to Hazel, they are also ball shaped, which means that they can be chased around the kitchen floor…

Cornbread Stuffing with Sage and Cherries (gluten-free)

I grew up eating a classic bread, onion, celery, sage and apple stuffing.  I have learned to love cornbread stuffing since becoming gluten-free and changing the base of the stuffing seems to have opened the floodgates of experimentation.  I have been fickle about stuffings for the last few years.  I have been playing the field…

Cauliflower Gratin with Horseradish and Poppy Seeds

I just got off the phone with my best college girl friend, Rebecca.  We lived together when she was a Sophomore and I was a Junior.  We rented the furnished apartment of an old lady in Yonkers.  It had two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a great kitchen which flowed in a dining area and then…

Better Layered Blini Mushroom Casserole (gluten-free or not)

Last winter I made a Layered Wild  Mushroom and Blini Casserole in an attempt to recreate a gluten free version of my favourite dish from the long ago closed House of Blini on East 86th street in Manhattan.  For the full story about the inspirations click here.  The version last year used wild mushrooms and…

Andalusian Style Honey Lamb Stew

This is my attempt to recreate the best thing that I ate when I visited Seville.  I travelled to Spain many years ago now and I do not know why it has taken me so long to attempt to figure out how to make this stew.  Seville is in the front of my mind again…

Seville Orange Marmalade with Whiskey and Brown Sugar

Last year, a dear friend of ours returned from a trip to Australia and gave us a fabulous jar of whisky marmalade as a gift.  This is a perfect gift for me, because I LOVE marmalade, but it’s also risky.  I am a woman who has some very strong opinions about marmalade.  Luckily, the whisky…