The snow has barely stopped and slush piles are making life difficult for pedestrians in NordEast, but we're stirring up pots and pans of new dishes for tonight's Symposia. A Series. Already the hand-rolled black walnut baklava is cooling on the racks and the Rabbit Stifado is thickening in the brasier; golden beets and fennel root are simmering in sherry that will become the base of the second course soup. The guest list is increasing and today we have had more fun than stress in a long time. I guess we're growing into this whole concept!
Feb 29 2012
Symposia. A Series, XIV! Tonight for LEAP Year!
Oct 25 2011
Symposia. A Series, XI. A Food Tour of Northern Greece: Wed, Oct 26 with ZORAN!
Tomorrow! The Food Tour of Northern Greece is designed as a nod to the kindred cuisine of our northern neighbors, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey. As in all Symposia. A Series, the expanded menu allows guests of all dietary persuasion to partake in extended, leisurely dining. So, for instance, while tomorrow evening's feature is roast pig, pickled cabbage Sarmades with 100% grass fed beef, will be served as well. In short, the menu showcases vegan, vegetarian, alcohol-free, gluten free, lactose intolerant as well as religious abstentions of animal consumption that have been the tradition of the...read more
Sep 02 2011
State Fair Hortopita at the Eco Experience: One Man's Noxious Weed is Another's Pharmacy!
1 dry white onion, chopped
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil and 1/3-1/2 for brushing on fillo
1lb washed, drained mixed greens: spinach, arugula, endive, lambs quarters, amaranth (pigweed), mustard, purslane, dandelion, nettles, sorrel. Coarse chopped (about 1-2" cross-wise strips) If later in the season, strip leaves from woody stems. If unsure, pinch the stem, if it snaps easily put it in.
1lb feta or blend of cheese crumbed. (Kaseri, Kefalotyri, ricotta, pecorino, gouda, cottage cheese)
1/4 tsp white pepper
3 eggs beaten...
Aug 05 2011
Remembering When the SuperFrost Knocked Out ALL the Eggplant Blossoms in MX?
Hard to believe that only four short months ago the absolute temps were in the negative teens, the wind chills were below minus 30' F and that the icy grope of winter reached all the way to Mexico devastating crops below the Rio Grande. Eggplant and squash blossoms were annihilated and the price of eggplant jumped from $16.50 in mid-January to over $72 for the same quantity. Zucchini was gone. At the Gardens we agonized how best to handle this paucity of eggplant--in the end--we stuck to our philosophy: local, sustainable, affordable, and scrubbed Mousakas, Veggie Mousakas and Melitzana...read more
Jul 03 2011
Gythio by the Shipwreck
We asked where we should eat and they said to "the shipwreck' a family-owned taverna by the sea. And what didn't we eat? Octopus drying in the sun, homemade wine, yigandes and skewers of lamb and pork. YUM!
Jun 25 2011
Anna's June Tour! June14- 29
Delphi, Day 1, Olympia Day 2, Gytheion Days 3, 4, Tolo Days 5, 6. Wi Fo spotty and poor at best; the Smatfon, Motorola Exprt, purchased JUST to make bloging and uploading photos easy is NOT. But finally we are we are sufficiently apprisedto start posting. Photos here: Gytheion, yes, view from our balcony. A sweet,1950s style hotel with illuminated plastic blocks announcing its name to the harbour: Pantheon. Here we rested three days after extensive drives from Delphi to Olympia to Gytheion covering main land Greece down to the southernmost regions of the Peloponese. Next photo the...read more
May 25 2011
Symposia. A Series VIII! Brewing, Stewing, Braising, Seasoning.
It's taken eight Symposia for me to be calm and accomplished enough to sit, pre-event, and blog about all this. As a swimmer on the High School team competing in the 400IMA, I learned about endurance and the prospect of goal attainment as a process that has certain identifiable stages. I'll save the elucidation of those stages for a motivational series yet to come. In any case, each time I set myself up to create a Symposia. A Series, I nearly lose all the equilibrium that I have been building from all those yoga classes. In any case, I continue to do the Series in order to push...read more
Feb 05 2011
The Zen of Heart Cutting
It's been a while since I cut 24 or so hearts free hand to make individualized cards for my kids' pals on Valentines' Day. But there I was today, Saturday, cutting with my very good Whiskars, pink hearts to cover the Gioconda Truffles that are being sold at the Wedge and Hampden Coop as well as here at the Gardens for about $5. It's our gift to you: two each of our traditional Gioconda (That's the Italian, hence International title for what we call the Mona Lisa) dark, brandied chocolate wrapped around a toasted Hazelnut (Filbert if you're from Calie) and then rolled in Greek Coffee and...read more