A Mad, Mad, Mad Kitchen Project from the Past

November 2, 2017

This is a mad recipe from the December, 1973 issue of Gourmet.  Proof positive that American gastronomes were in the mood to impress their friends with complicated cooking.

Looking for something a bit easier?  This soup, from the same issue, also requires vast amounts of fish stock and cream, but it isn’t quite so crazy.

And yet another reminder of how very long ago this was….

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A Vintage Project

November 1, 2017

It’s that kind of day – gray, cold, gloomy. The perfect day to stay in the kitchen.  The perfect day to make this ornately old-fahioned recipe published in the December, 1969 issue of Gourmet Magazine.


the liver pate thoroughly before using it.

From the same issue, a very French way with fettuccine from the Kennedy’s Whitehouse chef.

And a little reminder of just how long ago that was….

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Perfect Fall Soup

October 31, 2017

Easy, vegan, beautiful: who could ask for anything more?

Butternut Squash Soup

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

2 carrots, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound peeled butternut squash, cut into 3/4 inch dice

1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 3/4 inch chunks

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 1/2 cups boiling water

garnishes: diced Granny Smith or other crisp apple, olive oil, balsamic vinegar.

  1. Put onion, carrots, celery and olive oil into a large casserole and cook for about ten minutes, until they become soft.
  2. Add squash, potatoes, and salt. Stir in boiling water, bring to a simmer, and allow to cook for about half an hour, until the squash and potatoes are very soft.
  3. Puree, in batches, in a blender.  Be cautious; hot soup can be dangerous.
  4. Taste for seasoning. Serve topped with a drizzle of olive oil and/or balsamic, and the diced apple.

Serves 4.

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Pumpkin? Two Very Surprising Recipes

October 30, 2017

Pickle pumpkin balls?  Thanks to Gourmet Magazine, November 1978, here’s the recipe:

And from the same issue, an intriguing (and not uncomplicated) way to stuff a pumpkin:

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Two Meals for Great Causes

October 29, 2017

Been traveling a lot lately….

Last week I was in Los Angeles, to give Nancy Silverton an award for all the work she does for children.  The party, at the rather astonishing Greenacres, former home of Harold Lloyd, was a dazzling evening of great food and wonderful people, a fund raiser for No Kid Hungry  that raised a serious lot of money. Here’s the menu:

This week it was off to DC, to honor Danny Meyer at the Julia Child Awards at The Smithsonian. Another fantastic evening of great people and delicious food. –

The Smithsonian followed the Gala with a weekend of programming, and I have to say that the roundtables were both illuminating and utterly fascinating.  Here’s the schedule.  I was so impressed by the people on the panels that I’m buying virtually ALL of their books.

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