Archive for November, 2013

Book Club’s Thanksgiving Dinner

The Menu

Orange Farro Beets Salad
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grape with Pomegranate Glaze
Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
Cranberry Apple Pie and Ice Cream (not included in the cost per person)
White Wine
$10 per person based on 6 people

November’s Book Selection

The Hare with Amber Eyes, a Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal


Unlike the rest of the United States, Thanksgiving came a week early for the book club. My biggest challenge was preparation. I had to go into the office for about 5 hours before having everyone come to my home at 7. Fortunately, the festive meal while labor intensive had components that could be done the day before, leaving only some slicing, dicing, and roasting the day of the meeting. In a relaxed three hours before everyone arrived, I chopped the cauliflower, toasted the walnuts, peeled the navel oranges, roasted the vegetables, made the glaze, tossed the farro and beet salad and set the table. Read more

The Hare with the Amber Eyes, A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal

The Hare with Amber eyes


Toward the end of, The Hare with Amber Eyes, the author, Edmund De Waal writes “I’m writing a book about — I stumble to a halt. I no longer know if this book is about my family, or memory, or myself or is still a book about small Japanese things.”

A collection of Japanese Netsuke acquired by the author’s ancestor, Charles Joachim Ephrussi is the physical link between generations of a prominent Jewish family whose roots began in Russia. After acquiring their wealth in Russia the family branches out with members going to Vienna and Paris and establishing themselves in the banking business. Charles being the youngest does not go into the family banking business and instead is a patron of the writers and artists of the late 1800s. Read more

Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetable. So yummy, easy to fix and good for you. I am addicted to the cauliflower pizza at the Sullivan Street Bakery right down the street from my home. A regular route for walking the dog is past the bakery so I can have a slice for breakfast. Halley patiently sits tied to their bench outside while I have my coffee and a slice. And then we’re off to the dog runner, a morning ritual when I don’t have to go into the office.

Ever since I’ve enjoyed this wonderful authentic Italian pizza, I’ve tried to think of other ways to roast cauliflower that would spice it up. Read more

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with a Pomegranate Glaze

About two weeks ago, I was at Ilili, a Lebanese-Mediterranean restaurant just north of the Flatiron district in Manhattan and I had the most wonderful roasted brussels sprouts imaginable. They were inspirational. I knew after I tasted them that I had to try to recreate them for the book club. There was a complexity to them. They were sweet with a hint of tartness and had so many different textures each bite was a delight. Read more