Author Archives: thesolitarycook

About thesolitarycook

I'm a chef, a cook, a teacher, a reader, a writer, a bike-rider, a dog- and cat-woman

Migration

  Birds appear to know intrinsically when it is time to move on. To go south for winter, north for summer. Come October and November, we see ribbons of geese veeing on their way, with the chatter of children in … Continue reading

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LET’S DANCE

So Davie Bowie has left us. In his honor, I’m reposting a piece inspired by him.  It begins with photos I had taken in front of a bakery in Bologna. I had traveled to Italy to join up with the daughter … Continue reading

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

Avocado, lime juice, cottage cheese, more lime juice, Cholula, chia seeds.  

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: PASTA PISELLI

A few days ago, I had the great fortune to test a recipe written by my friend, Suzanne, who writes the lovely blog, A Pug in the Kitchen. She developed her recipe for a contest featuring foods prepared with five … Continue reading

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TIME FOR SOME CHANGES. I MEAN SERIOUS CHANGES.

To overstate the obvious, I’ve been AWOL for a while. December’s Christmas party mayhem, as usual, ate my life. At the start of the month, out of sheer curiosity, I began keeping a tally of how many people we’d helped … Continue reading

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COOKING WITHOUT A RECIPE: BLACK BEAN STEW FOR A BRAND NEW YEAR

  Some sources say that the origin of eating legumes, specifically black-eyed peas in the American South, on New Year’s Day to ensure all things good revolves around their resemblance to coins. I find that easier to, uh, swallow in the … Continue reading

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ROASTED BUTTERNUT & APPLE SOUP with FRIED SAGE LEAVES

  I don’t believe I’ve ever been happier to see Meatless Monday. National Overconsumption of Poultry and Everything Else Day has left us sprawled in its wake. With the typical excesses of Christmas coming at us, I’m craving some clean, simple flavors. … Continue reading

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RUSTIC MUSHROOM TART with BRAISED VEGETABLES

Come fall, I crave mushrooms. Read enough cooking magazines, and one can’t help but associate mushrooms, optimistically or vicariously, with professional foragers who supply The French Laundry and its ilk. Nice work if you can get it. But I’ve previously stated that, … Continue reading

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COOKING AHEAD: FIRST NIGHT IN FLORENCE SPAGHETTI REIMAGINED

I’m trying, I really am, to be better about taking lunch to work with me. I know, it sounds strange – I work in a hotel kitchen, and could certainly have lunch on any given day from banquet leftovers. But … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY: A SIMPLE SUMMER SUPPER

  For the last couple of summers, I get very nostalgic for Italy around this time. The daughter had spent most of the summer at an international dance workshop in Florence. I flew over towards its end to see her … Continue reading

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