Fall Salad – Yellow Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

6 October 2013 § Leave a comment

I came to the realization that my What’s for Dinner? column was risking becoming what’s baking? I needed to do something savory as the emphasis had been too much on sweet.

With this summery October weather I wanted a salad, albeit one with a bit of autumnal heft. The goat cheese I bought from Valley Shepherd at the Montclair Farmers Market yesterday inspired this dish. Having splurged and then gorged on several of their delicious cheeses for lunch I needed something healthy to go with the soft creamy goat cheese. This yellow beet with goat cheese salad, caramelized onions and lentils was just the ticket.

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Here is the recipe over on Baristanet.

elBulli

11 September 2013 § Leave a comment

The culinary gods were on my side. With just two free hours to spare, we stumbled on the elBulli Exhibition at Somerset House in London and had time for a whirlwind tour of Borough Market.

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I never ate at elBulli. But I did get to see the exhibition. It would have been torture if I had not eaten such a huge brunch that morning. Do not go there  hungry.

The exhibition charted the evolution of elBulli from its roots in 1964 as a coastal restaurant, complete with mini golf,  run by a couple – Dr Hans Schilling and his wife, Marketta. The Schillings were always serious about food and were awarded a Michelin star in 1967. The restaurant was named after Mrs Schilling’s  bulldog  - Bulli. To honor Bulli there was a larger than life model of him made out of meringues. « Read the rest of this entry »

Tomato Time in Jersey

7 September 2013 § Leave a comment

Tomato time signals the end of summer. With 46 bushels of them delivered from a local grocery store my neighbors work for a few days to make jars and jars of tomato sauce.

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The whole family comes together to make “gravy” as tomato sauce in these parts. Most of it is just plain old tomatoes, but there is some marinara sauce too. « Read the rest of this entry »

Borough Market

1 September 2013 § 1 Comment

I have been to London many times but never made it that mother of all farmers markets – Borough Market.

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I was determined to get to the oldest market in London and that is up against some pretty ancient competition.

The architecture itself is impressive dating back to the 1860s with an art deco entrance added on in 1932.  It used to be a real gritty wholesale market but with the advent of retail hours on Thursday, Friday and weekend it had become a very high end fine foods market. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Montclair Farmers Market

27 July 2013 § Leave a comment

And today at the Montclair Farmers Market

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An English Gala Pie Recipe fit for Saint George’s Day

21 April 2013 § 7 Comments

I’m really excited about this special guest post from King Marv.
(AKA my husband, Neal.)

He has talked about making this gala pie for well over a year so it was a major event when he finally got around to doing it. Sourcing the ingredients was an adventure in itself: after all, it’s not every day that a girl buy pigs trotters and lard. And don’t start me on the epic saga of actually making the pie. Suffice to say that it was a journey that started with a mere three hours of simmering pigs fat and trotters…  I now understand why one rarely encounters home-made pork pies, let alone the gala variety that comes embedded with hard-boiled eggs.

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So, over to Neal. He affects a more cultured demeanor than me, so please humour him while he starts with a little Shakespeare… « Read the rest of this entry »

St. Patrick’s Day recipe: Colcannon

17 March 2013 § 2 Comments


La Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh!

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As a fellow Celt I feel a lot of empathy to the Irish. I also have some Irish credentials -  that’s if you can count a grandfather who changed his name from Brien to O’Brien to join the Irish marching band in Cardiff – those Irish boys must have been the cool kids in town.

Anyway in honor of all things green and delicious I made colcannon, the recipe is in my What’s for Dinner? column on Baristakids.

How could this creamy, buttery mash not be a winner when it is full of the rockstar of the vegetable world – kale.

So I’m now off to make a Leprechaun House with The Ladies™. As an activity it beats drinking green beer.

Super-quick Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel.

17 February 2013 § Leave a comment

If you have some of these

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Then why not make some of this on this long weekend: It’s February and the wind is icy. There is not even any snow to play in. So get your oven on.

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The recipe is one click away in my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids.

Soup time….Minestrone or in kid-speak pasta soup

3 February 2013 § 3 Comments

We know that when getting kids to eat certain foods, at times it all comes down to the marketing.

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This minestrone soup recipe in my column on What’s for Dinner? on Barista Kids shows how renaming it Pasta soup made it a winner with The Ladies™.  Here’s the recipe. Ladle with love!

Booskerdoo – Flying the Flag for Fresh Coffee in NJ

22 January 2013 § 7 Comments

Those who know me and know my unswerving coffee obsession should not be surprised to learn that King Marv and I travelled 60 miles (and then another 60 miles back) last week for a decent cup of my favorite caffeinated beverage. Actually, as it transpires, it was much better than decent.

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(For those of you less familiar with my persistent preoccupation with the roasted output of the pleasing peaberry , perhaps this anecdote will help: Years ago when I worked as a regional sales manager, I would prioritize my account visits based on who served good coffee at their offices. Forget about clinching deals or hitting targets, it was all about decent coffee. Needless to say, I did not last that long in the job but I emerged with a self-realization that I will not compromise when it comes to coffee… ) « Read the rest of this entry »

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