Archive for October, 2013

Fall Feast for October Book Club Dinner

The Menu

Delicata Squash stuffed with Coconut Curry Swiss Chard and Chickpeas
Lime Forbidden Rice
Apple and Carrot Casserole
Dandelion, Arugula and Radish Salad
Pumpkin Spice Cake (not included in the cost per person)
White Wine
$10 per person based on 6 people

October’s Book Selection

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


Most of the ingredients for the meal I had on hand, so when my plans to purchase the produce at the Fall Festival in western mass were foiled it was easy to do my shopping back in New York City on monday before preparing Tuesday’s meal.

Since switching to coconut or grape seed oil when cooking at high temperature instead of olive oil, I’ve wanted to also focus on using coconut milk and planned to incorporate it into my meal for the book club. While in Massachusetts I experimented with making the coconut curry stuffed delicata squash and liking the results decided to prepare it for the discriminating foodies at book club. Read more

Lime Forbidden Rice

I have experimented with different types of rice and only recently discovered the purple/black Forbidden Rice which is supposed to be healthier given its color. All for that as well as enjoying the texture and nutty flavor. My aim now is trying to find ways to add different ingredients to add depth. Read more

Dandelion, Arugula, Radish and Pomegranate Salad

Fall and Spring are especially good times of the year to find bitter greens and I thought they would complement the richness of  the winter squashes for the book club dinner. The sharp bite of radishes worked well with the greens and adding pomegranates seeds gave a sweet-tart pop as their juices were released when bitten into.  I need to experiment with the dressing as I used my go to dressing and probably could add another dimension to the salad with a new dressing. I will be working on that and get back to you. Read more

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone Cover

Cutting for Stone is the multi-layered story of twin brothers, Marion and Shiva, born to Sister Mary Joseph Praise who dies during delivery while stationed in Ethiopia in the late 50’s. The twins conjoined and separated at birth were adopted by two doctors, Dr. Kalpana Hemlatha, a forceful woman known as Hema, and Dr. Abhi Ghosh, both working at Missing Hospital, the hospital where their parents lived and worked. Read more

Cabbage and Apple Slaw with a Lime, Ginger, Mint Dressing

The weekend before last I visited a friend in NH who made a delicious lunch of tomato soup, veggie burgers and coleslaw with apples and mint. The slaw was so delicious I had to try making it. Not to mention the 3 heads of cabbage accumulating in the fridge from the CSA. I pretty Read more

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Coconut Milk, Bananas, Cranberries and Walnuts

I had started making the steel-cut oatmeal when I realized I was out of Almond Milk. Fond of milk in my oatmeal, I was disappointed until I realized I had several cans of coconut milk in the cabinet. I’ve been on a kick to try to use coconut milk anyway and this presented a perfect opportunity to experiment. Read more