Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls
Delectable / Pasta / Pasta and Grains / Roasted / Vegetables

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls

In ancient China oyster mushrooms were sent as a gift to friends and family. The jewelry maker in me couldn’t resist adding the pearls… The graceful appearance of the bloom of the oyster mushroom hooked me at the Green City Farmer’s Market. I wondered if I could roast them to keep the whole mushroom together? … Continue reading

Eye Popping Popcorn On The Cob
Appetizers and Antipasti / Cooking with Kids / Vegetables / Vegetarian

Eye Popping Popcorn On The Cob

The Green City Farmer’s Market in Chicago is full of surprises in early Spring…things I don’t notice other times of the year, when the colorful fruits and vegetables capture my eye and imagination. Popcorn on the cob? My young audience was incredulous. In the microwave? The hardest part is harnessing our impatience. The aroma extends … Continue reading

Black Sesame Toasted Tofu
Appetizers and Antipasti / Main Dishes / Vegetarian / Writing

Black Sesame Toasted Tofu

Crispy, chewy, toothy texture with an echo of ginger! Smart snack-attack food, appetizer or main meal star. “According to folklore, the magic words “Open sesame!” came from the sesame seed pod—which bursts open when ripe— and that when the gods created the world… they drank sesame seed wine! Black sesame seeds contain about 60% more … Continue reading

Blue Moon Potatoes and Rock and Roll Chicken
Cooking with Kids / Main Dishes / Poultry / Vegetables / Writing

Blue Moon Potatoes and Rock and Roll Chicken

“Help me help myself.” Maria Montessori’s quote is the inspiration for this recipe… and the Gluten-free Bisquick® box. How’s this for a contented look on a kid? Anthony, age eight, prepared this meal on his own with a little guidance and he also made the broccoli and cauliflower recipe posted earlier, but we snacked on … Continue reading

Brussel Sprout Log Lime-Maple Glaze
Delectable / Holidays / Roasted / Sides / Special Occasions / Vegetables / Writing

Brussel Sprout Log Lime-Maple Glaze

Evocative. Stacked. Still on the stalk. Roast Brussel Sprouts on the stalk? And after they’re roasted? A fantasy base for an appetizer tree. But…the Reality Tree!!! Easy to topple and your guests could cut themselves removing the sprouts. But if perseverance prevails… Roasted Brussel Sprout Log With Maple-Lime Glaze 1 Brussel Sprout Log, cut off … Continue reading

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Wreath Of Wealth
Appetizers and Antipasti / Roasted / Sides / Vegetables / Vegetarian / Writing

Roasted Broccoli Cauliflower Wreath Of Wealth

Broccoli is a super food, packed with nutrition and very few calories.  Cauliflower it’s country cousin seems to “pale” by comparison. More subtle in flavor— but full of it’s own virtues. Healthy? Add a garlic mist to the cousins kiss and I’m talking Super foods. With or without cranberries this Wreath of Health  is easy … Continue reading