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April 17, 2017
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Quick and CREAMY ZUCCHINI SOUP ---YUM!
 
 
        FOR ME, EVERY HOLIDAY and I mean every holiday, IS AN EXCUSE TO go off course and EAT ANYTHING I WANT. Whatever celebratory occasion is up next--it’s Easter this time around—I think that that’s my green light to eat the cake, cookies, ice cream, buttery, and fried, salty stuff, that I normally try to limit on the non-holidays. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this practice. But that doesn’t justify me doing it—does it? EVEN THOUGH I TRY TO BE GOOD there’s so much temptation surrounding me, that I usually give in to some of it, if I don’t completely fall off the cliff.
        Once the day is over though, and I’m living in the real food world again, I TRY TO JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON AS FAST AS I CAN. I know from years of experience, that if I explain away the leftovers, as “ONCE THEY'RE GONE, I'M DONE!” that that just leads me down A SLIPPERY SLOPE STRAIGHT INTO A BAG OF FRITOS
 
April 10, 2017
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Sarabeth’s CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE CAKE!---YUM!
 
        HAPPY EASTER!   "TIS THE SEASON FOR CHOCOLATE in any and every configuration --- bunnies, eggs, dipped marshmallows, caramel, peanut butter and cream filled, you name it. My contribution to this chocolate parade is SARABETH LEVINE'S IRRESISTABLE CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE CAKE. Years back, she almost bought my vegan cookie business, Kollar Cookies, to add to her NYC restaurants and preserves line. They were sold in her bakery case too, just so that she could eat them.
        I've always loved her homemade desserts. So, when her BAKING BOOK was published, I was ONE OF THE FIRST in line TO GET IT. This cake is rich, crackly, creamy, and super chocolatey--- the perfect Easter treat. The original version had a tiny bit of flour in it. Over the years, I’ve chosen to substitute cocoa powder instead, which makes it FLOURLESS and KOSHER FOR PASSOVER TOO....

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April 3, 2017
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Susanna’s GREEN SMOOTHIE---YUM!
 
 
 
        MY BIG ANNUAL CLEANSE at We Care Spa was a few weeks ago. This being my sophomore visit, I had a little experience under my belt. So, I didn’t feel like I needed to lug my mandolin this year. But as a safety precaution, to keep my mind off of eating, as I WAS SUBJECTING MYSELF TO what some people might construe as ONE FULL WEEK OF TORTURE-- an all liquid fast-- I still brought along my knitting and my computer. No idle hands allowed here.
        UNFORTUNATELY, it appears that You can't teach an old dog new tricks. And just like last year, IN THOSE LAST CRITICAL MOMENTS OF FOOD FREEDOM....
March 27, 2017
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Comforting BRAISED Short Ribs---YUM!
 
        ASPARAGUS AND EARLY SPRING PEAS MAY HAVE ARRIVED UP HERE , But I'm SO COLD, I can't even think about them. The calendar says IT’S SPRING! But YOU COULD HAVE FOOLED ME. The thermometer has plunged into the single digits again, leaving my fingers frozen to the bone, and I’m still staring down over 2 feet of the white stuff in my backyard. Spring is nowhere in sight.
        As a result, I ONLY WANT TO COOK UP WARM AND COZY. And slow braised short ribs sound like just the ticket. I had planned to make these during THE CRIPPLING BLIZZARD! last week, but my "dependable"  generator   LET ME DOWN! -- leaving me with no oven. That was more than a bummer. Now, another deep freeze is here, and OPPORTUNITY HAS KNOCKED at my door AGAIN....
 
March 20, 2017
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The Garden Cafe's WINTER KALE SALAD---YUM!
 
       HAPPY SPRING?! Well, it may be the first day of spring where you are. But in Woodstock? It’s FREEZING!! and I’m surrounded by two feet of snow! So here’s one more—-maybe the last-- winter recipe with a slight nod to spring. HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!

        I"M SICK OF KALE. It’s been around for way too long, touted as one of those healthiest of vegetables. YOU SEE IT EVERYWHERE- in salads, sautes, soups, those YUCKY chips, and my LEAST FAVORITE, in green drinks. I’ve made all sorts of kale recipes, some good, some bad. The Most successful ones SLATHER IT IN BACON FAT or RUB IT IN OIL, COOK IT TO DEATH, or boil it with ham hocks and basically mask it’s taste, all in the hopes of getting you to say “I ATE KALE!” And don’t tell me you love raw kale, I wouldn’t believe you. You’re just pretending to be healthier than the rest of us.
        So, for a kale recipe to take A SPOT OF HONOR IN MY RECIPE BOX, it’s gotta be REALY GOOD.And frankly, THERE'S ONLY ONE KALE CREATION that has ever landed there—THE GARDEN CAFE'S WINTER KALE SALAD....
 
March 13, 2017
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Individual Cranberry Orange SODA BREADS---YUM!
 
        ONE DAY A YEAR--ST. PATRICK'S DAY-- I think about corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and of course IRISH SODA BREAD. The traditional recipe is a simple, heavy loaf-- just flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt. Although I start with those basics, that’s just the beginning for me. I always add butter, sugar, an egg and some kind of dried fruit.
        Here, I’ve added DRIED CRANBERRIES and taken it one step further with some GRATED ORANGE PEEL. Although it’s a REALLY, REALLY EASY RECIPE, it’s also REALLY, REALLY MESSY. Soda bread is a very wet dough, more like a batter. In most traditional recipes, you’re instructed to dump the dough onto a board/counter covered with alot of flour, kneading that flour into the dough before placing it onto a baking pan. Believe you me, it's almost an IMPOSSIBLE TASK....
 
March 6, 2017
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Molly's BEEF STEW---YUM!
 
        Last week I MADE MOLLY'S BEEF STEW. I knew it would be REALLY GOOD! It was a Molly O’Neill recipe after all. But, I didn’t expect to have to stop and swooooon over that first bite! My recipe box is springloaded with a bunch of stew recipes. And I have my own tasty version. But THIS ONE WINS HANDS DOWN. It’s got a BIG BEEFY FLAVOR, and the red wine that it braises in adds tons of richness. Now the stroke of genius for me here is that splash of red wine vinegar that adds such a surprisingly bright note.
        Of course, being me, I had to GILD THE LILY just a bit....
 
February 20, 2017
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NOT a Third World GIRL...
INDIAN RED LENTIL SOUP---YUM!

 
        As far as I can tell, THERE ARE 2 TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO VISIT INDIA. Some love it there, revelling in the chaos, the beauty and the daily desperation. Others, like me, are excited to go, but are just as excited to leave. I AM NOT A THIRD WORLD GIRL!!
        I've been lucky enough to tour there twice with a rock and roll band, called the Dharma Bums. Once WE WERE EVEN GUESTS OF THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT, treated to a myriad of tours and Indian banquets. I ate ALOT of traditional Indian food on that visit.
        A little history here....