And for my last trick…


A tabletop dance ritual to mark the end of my Culinary Fellowship. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs.


I left you what was left.

20 December 2012

Humboldt Fog cheese with seeded crackers

simple pumpkin soup with tomato and wine

Companion Bakery rye toast

Eden’s lettuces


Cooking with a friend

19 December 2012

Hadi Nasiri’s Persian-ish rice and tuna cakes

simple pumpkin soup with tomato and wine

Eden’s lettuces


Pasta a mano


18 December 2012

tortellini in brodo

ricotta stuffed pasta in rich roasted chicken broth with sherry and chanterelle mushrooms

arugula salad with Parmigiano Reggiano and almonds

bittersweet chocolate, dried figs and apricots

A song for the spoon


17 Dec 2012

lentil puree with a salad of arugula, radishes and shaved fennel

Afghani-style curry of rutabaga, potato and cauliflower

yogurt and limes

basmati rice

On repeat: Beans, greens and cornmeal bread


14 December 2012

beans, pumpkin and chard with Mexican spices and beer

limes, yogurt, scallions and cilantro

Eden’s lettuces

cornmeal bread

“Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex.” — Oscar Wilde


13 December 2012

puntarelle with anchovy vinaigrette

wood oven roast chicken with wedges of meyer lemon

roasted cabbage and parsnips

black lentils with parsley

*Special thanks to Margit, Avery and Carolyn for kitchen assistance


A Hanukkah Dinner


Me, relaxed and happy at the dinner table. Photo by Tom Filardo.

12 Dec 2012

Ruth Mankin’s latkes with sour cream and applesauce

Sephardic brisket with prunes and apricots

butter lettuce salad with golden beets, meyer lemon vinaigrette and dill

persimmons and dates

*Special thanks to Ruth and Charlee for frying up a storm and also to Kelly, Carolyn, Aaron and Tom for kitchen assistance

And the night asked to be fed.

1o Dec 2012

pasta e ceci

tubetti pasta and chickpeas with chili and wild fennel oil

Parmigiano Reggiano on the table

late season roasted peppers with parsley, garlic and Grenache vinegar

boiled dandelion greens with lemon and oil

On repeat: Beans and cornmeal bread

7 Dec 2012

bean, spinach and sweet potato stew with Mexican spices and beer

yogurt, limes and scallions

Eden’s lettuces

cornmeal bread

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