FOOD FOR THOUGHTS

Recipes and pondering
February 8, 2021
Vegan Smoky Collard Greens

There are few things that this Yankee girl enjoys more than collard greens. These are the bomb. These have a little kick. My first experience with homemade collard greens was with my friend Chance, who showed me how she made them with a smoked turkey leg. I hope you are watching me from heaven. No […]

January 30, 2021
Shepard's Pie, The ultimate Snowstorm meal, your way.

Its is a whole entire 18 degrees out. BRRR. I think you know where I'm going with this. I don't know about you but I'm making Shepard's Pie. The first time I tasted this I was in Salisbury, England. Also referred to as Cottage Pie, I was swept away, as I have been from day […]

January 26, 2021
Napa Cabbage and Noodles, Vegan & Gluten Free

This all started when I ordered some Napa Cabbage from Wegmans and what they brought me was enough cabbage to feed an army. It weighed more than my dog and he is 10 lbs. What to do ? I really wanted to use glass noodles, they are made from sweet potato starch. No bueno, I […]

January 11, 2021
Quick Easy Black Bean Soup, Gluten Free and Vegan

I think any kind of weather is soup weather. When I used to work in a commercial kitchen, my work husband ( who was from El Salvador) used to make Black Bean Soup. He would use fresh black beans. There is nothing like it. This however is an abbreviated version. I used organic canned black […]

January 1, 2021
Turkish Beetroot Salad, Grounding Culinary Medicine for a New Year, Vegan and Gluten Free

I know I say this all the time, but REALLY this is one of my favorite recipes. I have been craving beets ever since this new reality of ours has surfaced. Every grocery order  that I do, I inadvertently forget the beets. Not this time, I really needed them. Here’e why. Last year, I  taught […]

November 18, 2020
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Gluten Free

I love winter squashes. And especially acorn squash. I bought these mini squashes but had no idea what I'd do with them. This was a pleasant surprise as I made these sweet and savory. I had no idea how this would work, but how can you go wrong with these ingredients? To begin with I […]

November 9, 2020
Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

We learn to adapt. It's the name of the game these days. In this very odd time in history, it's important to do things we remember we loved. These are the things that ground us and nourish us. when our world spins out of control.

September 20, 2020
Kasha Varnishkas ( Kasha with bowties) The Ancestral Jewish Kitchen

No holiday would be complete in my home without Kasha Varnishkas. It is an acquired taste for some because of its texture and nutty flavor. You could say this is truly Jewish soul food. It's my mothers favorite. My tribute to her is at the end of this blog. I would be remiss if I […]

September 18, 2020
Apple Kugel, My Favorite Jewish New Year Treat from the Ancestral Kitchen

Circa 1990's Tucson, Arizona. My son was maybe 1 or 2. No matter where we lived we were surrounded by friends who embraced us as family. Most friends we met at Shul. Some memories are ingrained in your soul. When I think of the holidays, I think of Linda and Andy Kunsberg. I loved our […]

September 3, 2020
Roasted Butternut Squash and Fuji Apple Soup. Easing into Autumn.

This is usually the first soup I gravitate to making in the fall. I've made many different versions. Its sweet and spicy, and the color reminds me of warmth. I'm like " I get to buy fall veggies now, Hooray !" But its still hot out. This is a good one to file for the […]

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