Monthly Archives: September 2009

Carmelized Onion and Dandelion Greens Strata

This past weekend I volunteered to help prepare food for a local conference on creating a new economy (creating an “Ojai dollar” based on the Berkshare concept). It was a great opportunity to cook with new people and cook for … Continue reading

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Beet and Goat Cheese Stuffed Ravioli

I once read someone describing ravioli as “little pillowy delights stuffed with surprising tastes” and that is precisely how I would describe these beauties. When you take the time to make homemade pasta don’t waste all of that effort on … Continue reading

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Homemade Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

As a child, I was a very finicky eater. Unlike most children I refused to eat pasta of any kind. Not only did I hate pasta but I also wouldn’t touch fresh tomatoes (cooked ones were pretty suspicious to me … Continue reading

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Baked Zucchini Parmesan

My journey as a cook in both restaurants and for myself began with Italian food. As a teenager, I worked at Mazzotta’s Italian Kitchen and Bakery, making pizzas, calzones, and occasionally helping with the creation of chicken, veal and eggplant … Continue reading

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

The first time I had Middle Eastern food was 20 years ago when a college friend who was also studying in Paris for the year introduced me to Falafel. She took me to a little hole in the wall, counter … Continue reading

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Salmon Cakes – Redefining Canned Fish

I have a tendency towards food hoarding – I blame it on subliminal messages from my father who was born in 1930 to a widow with three other kids. When I was young we could occasionally coax stories from him … Continue reading

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Kirsten’s Own Creamy Potato Salad

I know that I made a potato salad a couple of weeks ago, but the stars aligned; I’ve been wanting to make homemade mayonnaise and for my mom’s birthday we’re planning a picnic and she loves potato salad. So I … Continue reading

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