Category: Food and Cooking

Sep 27

Visiting Guests From China and Another Day Trip to NYC

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar this year their Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated in September and many of my regular students were on holiday. Here is an interesting site called ChineseTools. It has some resources that can be helpful for non-Chinese to understand Chinese culture. This past week, one of my students, Vivian, her husband …

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Aug 26

Tomatoes

Tomatoes… Broiled: Whole tomatoes cut in half and seasoned with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash and topped with cheese (any cheese). Broil for ten minutes and serve hot with a baked potato and grilled chicken. Fresh: Tomato wedges with salt and pepper. Fresh from the garden or after chilling in the refrigerator. You just can not …

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Aug 12

Edible Wild Plants and Berries

In North America there is an abundance of edible food that can be found in the wild. Most people are aware of common edible plants like dandelion and wild strawberries, but there are many, many varieties of plants, berries, trees and even roots that are edible. You only need to know what to look …

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Jul 30

Dutch Oven Cookery

For centuries people have cooked on an open fire and used some form of clay, ceramic, iron or steel vessel to contain the food during the cooking process. In Japan the traditional cookware for hot-pot are called tetsunabe. They are made of clay or cast iron. Throughout the Balkan region they use what is known …

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Jun 19

Barbeque – a summertime favorite.

The warm weather has arrived in the Northern climates and that means many people are doing more cooking outdoors. The process of cooking outside on wood fire, charcoal (or briquettes) or on a propane grill is usually referred to as barbequing — also seen written as Bar-B-Que or BBQ. Down under in Australia they call …

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Mar 24

Marinated Roast Leg of Lamb

Spring is a great time to have fresh lamb. I recently purchased a whole leg of lamb and divided it; some for stew and some for roasting. Stew is more of a winter type meal and a lamb roast is excellent for springtime. I seasoned a 2 pound section of the lamb leg (sirloin tip) …

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Mar 23

A very different Lasagna!

Whenever I enter the kitchen to cook, I try to engage the creative process in the hope that, whatever I prepare, it will be delicious and unique. Sometimes I like to get really creative! Today, was one of those days. This is an unconventional lasagna with some very traditional Italian ingredients. It is not …

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Mar 21

Nuts and dried fruit.

Recently, I found a terrific source for nuts. Specifically, whole, raw cashews and pistachios. In searching for a supplier of nuts, I found that most companies do the unthinkable — roasting nuts in oil! This is completely unnecessary, because raw nuts are loaded with their own natural oil and do not need any additional …

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Feb 26

Fasting, detoxification and intestinal cleansing.

In many cultures and religions the world over, people use fasting as a way to spiritual enlightenment and purification. Lent, Yom Kippur, Ramadan are a few examples. Hindus and Buddhists also fast. I do not fast for religious reasons. Some years ago, I had a recurring and persistent health issue. I won’t go into every …

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Jan 05

Winter is time for planning the coming year’s garden.

Planning for the upcoming gardening season begins in the cold winter months. Seed catalogs arrive in the mail and consideration of how much space is available for planting must be accounted for. A preview of The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a helpful guide for estimating what weather patterns may prevail throughout the coming year. …

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