Tagged: ‘zucchini’

Microwave Cooking: Salmon with Crème Fraîche and Dill in Parchment

Cooking fish “in parchment,” is so simple you can assemble the packets in a few minutes once you have your ingredients. The edges are folded to create a little cooking bag which becomes an airtight steaming pouch. It is one of the fastest methods for cooking fish with the least cleanup.

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Feeding R.C.

While I was catering, over the decades, I worked for some really wonderful people who owned businesses and needed to have catered affairs as part of their PR. One of these was the now-defunct Sunbird Fine Art Gallery in Los Altos, California, a small but affluent town at the foothills of the Coast Range in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Zucchini Madeleines

Madeleines are small oval cakes with a pretty shell-shape rib molded on one side. These are made from a savory muffin batter baked in the traditional rectangular French madeleine plaque pan that bakes eight cakes at one time.

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Fresh Vegetable and Cream Quiche

This is an unusual baked egg casserole; it is thick with vegetables and held together with cubed french bread and hunks of cream cheese. It is baked in a deep springform pan and served in wedges like a cake.

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Zucchini Chocolate Bundt Cake/Chocolate Cake of the Month

We know that adding grated vegetables, such as carrots or beets, contribute to making a deliciously moist cake with that little something extra. Well, zucchini does, too.

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Vegetable and Tofu Whole Wheat Quesadillas

I went to a buffet at a friends’ right after she returned from her first visit to Rancho La Puerta spa, right over the border from San Diego in Tecate, Baja, Mexico. She served quesadillas, a recipe she brought back. They were outstanding and I got a new appreciation for the casual Mexican tortilla sandwich.

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Cooking for A Crowd: Zucchini and Olive Enchiladas

People adore enchiladas on the buffet. There are many variations, maybe one for every cook who makes them, but here is one of the most delightfully unique–the filling is shredded zucchini and mellow California olives. My mother has been making this to satisfying vegetarians as long as I can remember and it is an often requested dish.

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Buddha’s Delight with Buckwheat Noodles

Over the centuries, a mixed vegetable stirfry in China picked up the name Buddha’s Delight memorializing the vegetarian observant Buddhist monks who ate it. Chinese food has wonderful metaphorical names for their dishes and it certainly grabs the attention of the diner. The stirfry changes with the seasons, but contains a mixture of healthful fresh and preserved vegetables, sometimes up to 10 to 12 different ones.

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Crock-Roasted Summer Vegetables

Summer vegetables are so tender that usually they are not roasted, but this combination of vegetables with herbs and a touch of olive oil is stupendous. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold along with summer grill meat or fish, sausages, or a quick chicken sauté.

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