Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pure and Simple

Do you ever wake up from a dream that is so good that you try to force yourself back to sleep so you can finish it?  That’s how I felt about the cauliflower soup I had at one of my favorite lunch spots recently.

Eduard, the chef/owner, prides himself on his vegan (not something I generally gravitate towards) purees.  He swears he never uses potato to thicken or enhance his soups.  So, when I asked Eduard what made it so flavorful, he coyly smirked at me as only this particular French Moroccan can do.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Simple Green

Fresh leafy lettuce.  Red wine vinegar.  Good olive oil.  These are a few of my favorite things.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Raw Vegetable Salad with Avocado & Pistachio Dressing

With one hand on the steering wheel and the other double-checking I packed enough snacks in Vesper’s Spiderman backpack, I finally reverse out of my Valley driveway, earlier than we are all ever usually awake.

What happened to my youth?

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Whatever Makes You Happy

Nothing about this week’s ingredient has a thing to do with the current situation I put myself in. Except that cucumbers make me happy. On anything and with everything. After years of regretfully lacking appreciation for my time and my freedom, the previously mentioned job which took me away from those benefits, has unfortunately ended.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Patty’s Cucumber Gin Cocktail

I have loved Gin for a very long time. I even capitalize the word when I don’t need to. If I’m able to go out for a nice dinner with my husband and perhaps don’t have to wake at dawn the next morning, I will start my night with a Gin martini. Extra dry, basically zero vermouth, and tons and tons of olives. I’m an olive fanatic. It’s even possible I drink Gin so I can eat the olives.  No wait, I love Gin. But the olives really help soak up the booze while I’m waiting for an appetizer, hopefully Malpec or Kumomoto oysters.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Juiced: Almond Milk and Greens

A few months ago, I began to feel toxic. Too much wine, too many verditas shots (thank you Esme and Cayman), not enough sleep. As a temporary single parent, I started to feel a little anxious.  Sam was still away on tour. I’d been cooking for one and a half for two months and finding it creatively challenging.

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