Friday, September 12, 2014

An Oldie but Goodie

We've been collecting cookbooks for well over twenty years. And over the years we've gotten rid of some and added others, but this one we kept (along with a few others from the Moosewood Restaurant - all of them excellent).
Yesterday, this book suddenly came to mind and when I picked it up it was like seeing an old friend. I have made so many delicious meals from this. I decided to make a Cauliflower Marranca recipe, which I had not made before, a casserole prepared with mushrooms, onion, cauliflower, garlic, basil, millet and cheese.
When I was at the store, I saw that they had red okra. Now I'm an okra fan to begin with and so it was clear that I would not be able to resist the red variety. When I cut them open, on the inside they look much like the green ones and just as pretty (although I was secretly hoping they'd be red all the way through).
I stewed them with a little bacon, onions, and tomatoes. Yum! A perfect accompaniment to the excellent cauliflower casserole. 
Excuse the foggy photo - steam was rising from the plate and I didn't notice until I downloaded the photos this morning... In the background you can see the inside of the Moosewood Cookbook - it looks handwritten and also reads that way and is interspersed with fun drawings and much humor. Definitely a keeper!!

Since I last wrote, which was quite a while ago, we've been to Atlanta (I'll share a few photos soon) and I also just finished another painting, which I have to photograph today as soon as it gets light out. 

Daniel starts teaching again on Monday and our lives will return to more of a routine, which for me will mean checking in with all of you more often and posting here on a  more regular basis. 

Today is going to be another very hot and humid day, but after that summer is cooling down just a little and finally in October we will start to feel the first cool promise of fall, my favorite season. I cannot wait!! And I have all kinds of creative plans... 

Wishing you a beautiful day!! And if it's fall already where you are, send me some, ok?!



  1. Thanks for the reminder, I have this book and haven't looked at it for ages......must get it out!


  2. Oh yeah, the Moosewood Cookbook is a hippy-dippy classic alright! It's stood the test of time.

  3. Lovely! It's been ages since I last had okra (at the best Indian restaurant we used to have in town before it moved further away).
    He he love the fact that the steam from the food made the picture a little foggy :-) It makes it all the more "real"!