Mushroom Miso

  Miso soup is my go-to cure all.  Allergies, cold, sinus infection… a steamy bowl of homemade miso soup is an instant pick-me-up.  To bring out the umami taste, I decided to add a few different varieties of mushrooms, which also made for a rich broth. Ingredients Garlic scapes – 4 stalks, diced 2 cloves…

The Big Salad

If you were of fan of the show Seinfeld, a “Big Salad” will bring back memories of Elaine and the diner scene, when she asks for a big salad, in a big bowl, with lots of things in it.  For me, a big salad makes me think of my friends Benis and Hugh, who live…

Plant-Based and Oil-Free

You might have noticed that some of my blog posts have taken a more plant-based approach, which is no accident.  In the past months, my eating habits and choices are taking a conscious move toward a vegan lifestyle.  Beyond just vegan, I have been moving away from using any type of oil, either in cooking…

Something’s Sprouting!

For the past three years or so, I have not been able to get enough of super-fresh sprouts and micro greens from the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market.  It’s hit-or-miss, as the timing of the farmers market is not always convenient for me, so I don’t go that often, and the vendor who was selling them…

Each Spoonful Contains the Universe

Chef Carl Dooley poses with us at the Table at Season to Taste “Each Spoonful Contains the Universe” Thich Nhat Hanh Buddhist teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book How to Eat, explains that practicing mindful eating involves paying attention to each spoonful of food that you place into your mouth.  We…

A Few Bites Missing

Eggs Benedict special with a few bites missing. It’s been a few months (sorry, more than a few) since my last blog post.  Working on my PhD and political campaign (running for TUSD Governing Board) meant that something had to move to the back burner.  Since this is a food blog, I guess the pun…

What’s so kosher about Hawaiian shave ice?

Kosher shave ice?  (Not shaved ice, as the grammar-geek in me is wanting to type, it’s actually called shave ice.)  This season, at Rincon-UHS football home games, the Kona Ice of Tucson truck has been selling Hawaiian shave ice, with 30% of the proceeds going to the Rincon-University Marching Band.   During football games, I am…

Vegetarian-Friendly (Not Exactly Chicken) Soup

Logan and I are both sick with bronchitis… she is going on 10 days, I am going on 8.  I have given in to the Jewish remedy… homemade chicken soup.  I was extremely disappointed when I purchased chicken soup to go, from a restaurant I will not name, as I was expecting actual soup, in…