Is this Kosher Chef the Next Top Chef? Consider this Ceviche.

photo: Natalie Woyshner

photo: Natalie Woyshner

Contributed by Katy Morris

How does a non-Jewish, half-Mexican, half-Japanese, treyf-loving chef become the first ever kosher “cheftestant” on one of the most popular TV shows in the country?

I didn’t pick kosher, kosher picked me,” he claims.

Chef Katsuji Tanabe of L.A.’s premiere authentic Mexican kosher restaurant, Mexikosher and recent winner of Food Network’s Chopped, made it through the first round of Top Chef last Wednesday eve. 

On the eve of the premiere, I asked him to Tell Me More. Continue reading

Try Cooking with Tea for Nuanced Flavors

Chicken_Quinoa plateThe chilly temps of Autumn have us sipping steaming cups of hot tea while spending more time looking for new recipe inspirations.  When we started wondering about cooking with tea we consulted local experts and CT friends at  Leaf & Ardor Tea Co. to get the skinny. Continue reading

Soup Dumplings (Kreplach) in Golden Broth

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Contributed by Melissa Roberts

Served on Sukkot, kreplach (soup dumplings) serve a dual purpose. First, for practical purposes and when served in soup, it’s a warming dish when eaten outdoors on a cool autumn night. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: All About Pomegranates

 

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Pomegranates are kind of like the queens of fall.

Not only are they robed in ruby red, filled with jewel-like arils, beautified with a crown-like head and reputed to be high-maintenance to handle, they have been highly prized for centuries by royals, religious icons and spiritual leaders.  They often grace the Rosh HaShanah table Continue reading

Burnt Eggplant with Garlic, Lemon and Pomegranate Seeds

Photo: Shulie Madnick

Photo: Shulie Madnick

When I felt a little short on pomegranate recipes in this season of honey, apples and these seedy beauties, I turned to Shulie Madnick, food writer, blogger and photographer extraordinaire. I knew that she would have something big on unexpected flavor combinations and connected to the upcoming holiday of Rosh HaShanah in some way. Continue reading

Peak of Summer with Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

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Fiori di zucca or zucchini blossoms are a delicacy in Tuscany but with the farmers’ markets heaped with towers of zucchini here in the U.S. it’s easier than you may think to bring this very Italian dish to your own table.

If your favorite market vendor doesn’t sell these sunny, edible flowers, ask her to gather them for you. They are the flower at the end of the plant from which zucchini grows. Better yet, pluck them from your own vegetable garden or that of your best friend. Continue reading

Summer Baking with Advice from the Pros

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contributed by Katy Morris

Don’t let the thought of adding more heat to your kitchen deter you from baking this summer!  The bounty of local fruit in farmers’ markets is truly irresistible, making summertime the perfect time to express your creative genius.  Continue reading

Simple Summer Salad from Just Down the Road

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

We are always impressed with the magic Six Main casts on their inventive vegetarian and vegan creations! While they press walnuts or cashews and transform them into ricotta, ice cream, or even “chorizo”,  we’ve been wondering what kind of summery deliciousness they’ve been whipping up now that their farm is bursting with ingredients that move from field to kitchen to table in a blink of the eye.

If you still haven’t made it up to the restaurant in Chester, CT, you can get a taste of Chef Rachel Carr’s cuisine by checking out her bright and oh-so summery salad recipe below.

But here is one more reason you might consider making the quick ride to this quaint New England town in CT…

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

 

The restaurant-owned, organic Upper Pond Farm that “grow[s] food to support our bodies, community, and ecosystem,”* and provides Six Main with its organic fruits and veggies is selling at the Chester Sunday Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 10am-1pm through October 12th.

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

If you are looking for a fun day trip this summer or early fall, head up to Chester for some Six Main Sunday brunch (the “Six Main Benedict” made with lemon tofu hollandaise, oven cured tomato, Portobello mushroom, avocado house made gluten free focaccia and organic eggs sounds particularly enticing) and then stroll through the market to bring home some of their farm’s organic fruits and veggies for the week.

You can also peruse the other vendors’ offerings while enjoying the live music; pick up some fresh fish from The Local Catch, as well as various breads and cheeses (including from Mystic Cheese – used in our favorite Skinny Pines pizzas!).

photo courtesy of Six Main

photo courtesy of Six Main

And if you need some inspiration for creating a perfect late summer meal with your Farmers’ Market bounty, you are in luck; Rachel’s blog, “The Raw & The Cooked” is packed with unique vegan and vegetarian dishes like Kohlrabi “Scallops” and a Raw Vegan Kimchee & Green Salad with Ume Plum Vinaigrette.

OR….

Consider attending one of her many seasonal ingredient inspired cooking classes, held on Fridays from 11am-1pm. Be sure to sign up way ahead of time as her classes are small and fill up very quickly.

*quote from Upper Pond Farm Facebook Page

Want to read more about Six Main?

Click here to read what we wrote a few months back. Somehow I forgot about that BLOOD ORANGE cheesecake (vegan and pareve)!  Thank you, Rachel Carr, for another scrumptious recipe and for these gorgeous food shots!

Strawberry Mint and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

4 servings

Strawberry Mint and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

When summer ingredients are perfectly ripe and only hours from the field, the simpler the better. This 4 ingredient recipe epitomizes that pleasure.

Thank you, Chef Rachel Carr, for this delicious summer salad.

This recipe is pareve, vegan, non-dairy

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 12 fresh local strawberries
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • Dressing
  • Zest 3 lemons
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup agave
  • ½ tablespoon mustard
  • 1 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend lemon zest, lemon juice, agave, mustard, and olive oil in a blender until fully incorporated. Fold in the poppy seeds by hand.
  2. Toss salad ingredients with the dressing and serve.
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Keeping it Chill with Avocado- Cucumber Soup

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Contributed and photographed by Katy Morris

While I always enjoyed integrating avocado into dishes at home in the U. S.  (one of my faves is the Granola Bar’s Devilled Avocado Eggs!), there’s something pretty cool about knowing they grow directly on the trees where I am working and living right now.  And as great as farmers’ markets are back home, you won’t see these avocados among the locally grown produce. But you can surely get them at your local grocery– and I have seen firsthand where they come from.** Continue reading