recipes

Porcini Parmentier with crispy shallots and garlic and mushroom jus

December 16th, 2014

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Porcini Parmentier 

with crispy shallots and garlic and mushroom jus

Hachis Parmentier or Parmentier is the French version of the English Shepherd’s Pie, to which people more often refer probably because it seems easier to pronounce. Any way you dish it, parmentier is comfort food. Hearty and warm. Perfect for the winter weather.

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stuffed and braised chicken breasts (a/k/a “proteinwich”)

December 9th, 2014

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cold hands; hot pockets

stuffed and braised chicken breasts
(a/k/a “proteinwich”)

The holiday season. Everyone is busy, if not overwhelmed. Despite the holiday preparations, daily life still goes on; the children need to get to school, you have to work, and dinner still needs to be on the table. I can help with the dinner requirement.  Read the rest of this entry »

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seared tuna rolls with micro greens

October 2nd, 2014

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Kona, “Blazeman,” and the log-roll

Recipe: seared tuna roll with micro greens

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Harira (hearty beef and lentil soup)

September 17th, 2014

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Harira
(hearty beef and lentil soup)

This soup is a tradition in the Maghreb (North Africa). It was Ramadan when we were in Marrakech, a time when this soup is eaten not only to break the fast after the sun has set but also eaten in the morning before the sun rises. My daughters love lentils and this soup was their favorite. The soup is often thickened with flour or eggs as well as rice or vermicelli. I add none of these. Instead, the soup is thickened with the aide of crushed tomatoes (rather than puréed or strained), more beef, and more lentils. I also add fresh herbs (but we all know how I like my fresh herbs). This is a hearty, perfect soup for autumn and winter. It is wonderful because you can also freeze it for those rainy days when you are short on time.


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tuna and roasted beet tartare with lentils

August 29th, 2014

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obsessions can be wonderful 

“I don’t just like food…I love it”

- Ratatouille 

Sometimes I become obsessed with certain combinations and particular ingredients. When the inspiration comes, I go with it. Sometimes the things you create become favorites that last long beyond the obsession. I think this week’s recipetuna and roasted beet tartare with lentils, is one of those recipes. Read the rest of this entry »

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fig and nectarine fruit salad

August 21st, 2014

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(no) Labor Day Summer Salad

fig and nectarine fruit salad

End of Grandes Vacances. End of summer. Sigh. No more long sunny days and lazy mornings. No more cabana boy bringing you a chilled rosé to sip on at the beach with your friends. Bigger sigh. As if that isn’t too much to take in, the return to reality after vacation can be jarring. There is the vacation mail that was held and now spilling over the box ready for you to dive in. The appointments, forms, supplies, and back to school events filling your calendar which despite your color labels (an organizational system that Martha Stewart herself would admire) your calendar does not look organized. Instead, it looks like a toddler has taken crayons to it. Although vacation brings a rejuvenation and a new sense of life, sometimes we are not yet ready to let go of summer. Read the rest of this entry »

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summer caponata

July 17th, 2014

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a successful vacation (by Oscar Wilde)

summer caponata

Vacation. Actually, it is more like this VACATION ! 

This year I thought I would try something new: take a vacation and NOT work. You know get out of the kitchen, enjoy the cooking of others (often), step out of my routine, and detach from my computer. So far so good. Oscar Wilde said that “moderation is a fatal thing [and] nothing succeeds like excess.” By Mr. Wilde’s standard, I have been highly successful in my vacation thus far. Read the rest of this entry »

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cardamom sablés with fresh peaches and rose cream

July 11th, 2014

chef morgan

cardamom sablés with
fresh summer peaches and rose cream

You can enjoy this dessert deconstructed as well. For example, the peaches and cream can be placed in a bowl and you can add the sable on the top or on the side. Alternatively, enjoy the sables with a cup of tea (rose tea if you have it). The cream is lightly flavored with rose syrup (I use Monin) if you want a more pronounced rose flavor, add a little more (but not too much).

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strawberry gazpacho

July 3rd, 2014

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“It’s A Life”

Strawberry Gazpacho 

Julia Child said that, “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” I believe that she was correct. 

With that thought in mind I left my comfort zone of classes or cooking privately in people’s homes or their offices, to work in a Parisian kitchen. It is not unusual for cooks to do this because seeing the way other people do things is often an inspirational springboard for your creativity and there is always so much to learn. And then there is the fact that it is fun (well, if you like this type of thing…working throughout the day and night and coming hone after midnight smelling of food.. it is not something that is attractive to the majority of people). “It’s a life.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Salade Niçoise (à ma façon)

May 18th, 2014

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a dream kitchen, a village in Provence, and a favorite salad  

Salade Niçoise (à ma façon)
(salad Niçoise my may)

There was a photograph of a kitchen on Instagram which gathered several “likes” and one person commented, “my dream kitchen.” It made me think. What is my “dream” kitchen?” Do I have one? What would be in it?  The topic is hardly unique. Elizabeth David wrote an article about the same thing but I believe the discussion was prompted by magazine competitions, not an Instagram photo. Times are different but the question is still fun.

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