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Missing Paris, Missing Carrot Cake

I have been in Miami one week now and I miss Paris. Miami is lovely but it is not Paris. I miss so many things about Paris it would be silly to start listing them but one thing I am craving is Rose Bakery. If I ever was to open a café, Rose Bakery would be my role model. I took my friend Pierre there once and his comment was “zis is so bobo” (bohemian-bourgeois). In fact, it is. But […]

Baked Artichoke Fries

Vegetable Tapenade

Potato Pancakes, Parades and Brunch

We don’t have Thanksgiving dinner in my family. We have Brunch. Sixty+ people gather at my mother’s house to watch the Parade and break the morning fast on a scrumptious spread that (for the most part) my brother prepares. One of his specialties, much in demand, is his potato pancakes topped with smoked salmon and a dollop of crème fraiche.  Many years ago he had a restaurant, which featured a potato pancake sandwich!!  The Ruben Sandwich was the most popular […]

Dinner at the Scharfers!

Health Benefits of Onions

Again, this is one of those veggies I could write volumes on the benefits of but, safe to say, Onions should find a place in all of our diets. I like to call the bulbs systematic vegetables. Just as they go along with pretty much any food and create a neutral edge, they can help cure or balance almost any ailment, from sexual dysfunction to anemia! (Yes, you did read that correctly.) The Onion’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties aid in […]

My Veggie New York

“Veggie Havens” was the title to a recent, exciting NY Times article about new and not-so-new Veggie-Centric restaurants in New York.  I was ecstatic, since it’s about time others took notice of the abundance of vegetables and scrumptious preparations in and around the city!  Also because it makes my dining out experiences that much easier. As a gluten-free, dairy-free vegetarian, restaurant eating can be a challenge. But it’s one I always face with a smile and a big thank you […]

Roasted Onion Soup With Curry and Hot Chile

Recently, my brother and I were having a nostalgic conversation about French Onion Soup and I was left wondering how to reproduce this flavor gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian. Although this is very different from the standard French Onion Soup, or the one I grew up eating in the Midwest, the rich roasted Onions and Parsnip somehow mimic the deep beef-broth flavor that sets the tone in an Old World French Onion Soup. Ingredients: 1 lb red and white […]

Roasted Mushroom & Squash Quinoa Salad

A Different Type of Pumpkin Pie

Gluten-Free-refined sugar free pumpkin pie? Yes! And it’s SO good that even my toughest critics (my brothers) like it!  This is one of the very first recipe re-creations I ever created I literally just made it up as I went along using whatever gluten free non-refined sugar things I could find. The goat milk was also a guess. True it is a strange flavor and it is not for everyone, but I happen to like the tanginess of the goat […]