Eat lightly

Recipes and thoughts on food and eating

Summer salad

Shira and I are working up the menu for a dinner party next week. First item decided upon is a variation on the greek salad: Cucumber, quartered and sliced thin Black botija olives, pitted and quartered Fresh goat feta, diced Green onions, chopped Umeboshi vinegar, a...

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Cold soup: beet almond

Four large or six medium beets, washed and the ends cut off Two or three cloves Salt and pepper Cooking oil or ghee Other seasonings as desired Plain whole milk yogurt 2-4 T sweet white miso paste One medium to large onion, chopped One medium clove fresh garlic A good...

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An MFK Fisher delicacy

MFK Fisher is one of my favorite writers. This is a snack I learned about in one of her books. It is for people who have radiators, preferably without covers! Peel a tangerine or a clementine or a mandarin orange. Separate the sections and place them on the radiator....

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For the summer: ginger lemonade

Two organic lemons Two inches of ginger root Two whole cloves Sweetener as you like A pot, a sieve, a funnel, container(s) Cut the zest off the two lemons taking as little white as possible. If the ginger is not organic, peel it. Cut the ginger into as thin slices as...

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Quality counts

As in governance, so in food: quality counts and will out. I am clarifying butter at the moment. I do that regularly. It is cheaper than buying clarified butter, and I can control the end result. I like the clarified butter to be ever so slightly caramelized. All...

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Massimo Bottura’s Amazing Risotto

Another wonderful episode on "Chef's Table," the first one, features the delightful Italian chef Massimo Bottura. An earthquake in Modena put hundreds of thousands of pounds of Parmigiano Reggiano at risk... here's the story, from Saveur's website: "Massimo Bottura's...

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Kuyashii: motivation to succeed

I have been watching the Netflix series "Chef's Table." Love it! Beautifully done and totally fascinating for a cook like myself. David Gelb, who directed the wonderful "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," is executive producer of the series. Chef Niki Nayakama is featured in the...

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