Monthly Archives: December 2009

Lynn – Pharewell

travel - vegetarian

Last night, for our final evening in Philly, I cooked a big dinner. A lot of the menu was blog-inspired, but I also used these cookbooks for recipes….though I wound up veering a little bit.


Also invited was my friend Sadye (who I’d reconnected with on Monday afternoon), her husband Morgan, and their 3-month-old son, Mason.


Everyone hit it off immediately…


For appetizers we set out some cheeses, nuts, baby carrots, and Sabra hummus blended with a few oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes…


Plus some Olive Food Should Taste Good chips – I had about 4 of these with some dip. I like this flavor a lot more than their multigrain one.


I am trying to wean everyone off of Diet Soda with artificial sweeteners; I picked up a six-pack of Root Beer Zevia.


…and they were all impressed!

For the main course I chose the Vegetarian Times’ student chef competition winner for “Best Soup” – a Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with White Beans and Swiss Chard.


…only I left out the red pepper flakes, added double the broth, and substituted green chard and chickpeas. So I guess you’d call it a Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with Chickpeas and Green Chard.


I also forgot to add the fresh basil at the end. It was stlll great, though.


From “The Modern Vegetarian” cookbook I followed a recipe for a “Rosemary Porcini” appetizer, but instead of using porcini mushrooms I subbed Cremini, with thyme instead of sage, and balsamic vinegar rather than red wine. They suggested serving it over crostini but I laid it on a bed of organic mixed greens instead:


I also added some cherry tomatoes (roasted with olive oil, rosemary, and thyme at 400 for 20 minutes), some chopped Wildwood Teriyaki Tofu, and Maple Dijon Balsamic Dressing.


I got to sit in the seat of honor, opposite my Daddy-in-law:


Dessert was Christy’s recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding (I used cocoa powder):


Plus the best packaged cookies, Newman’s Own Hermits:




Yay for family, old/new friends, and old/new food faves!


Sadye and Morgan had to get little Mason home to bed; the rest of us hung out with the dogs (Julius had to be separated all through dinner because he was being crazy). We had a little pupparazzi photo session:


Howard found Julius’ nylabone:


I did a little packing/cocoa sipping/sucking:


It was snowing when we woke up this morning! You can’t see it in the picture, but there are soft flurries coming down.


I had my typical Philly breakfast, with the addition of some raspberries:


Today we brave the precipitation and head to NYC for the last leg of our holiday vacation. We have a lot of fun things planned, including a blogger brunch in Soho on New Years Day (any New York bloggers who want to join, email me ASAP so I can confirm the reservation), but I’m sad to bid adieu to the family and to Philly.

For the 2 hour train ride, I ‘ve prepped some turkey/mustard/lettuce/fresh basil on wheatberry bread, plus an orange.


As the wise Philadelphians Boyz II Men sang, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.


See you in the Big Apple in 2010!

Christy – Halibut, beans and escarole. Oh my!


Thanks to everyone who has voted for me so far!

This is a recipe my mom found in a magazine about a year ago and we love to make it together when I am home visiting.  It is called: Slow Poached Halibut with white beans and escarole.  One of the reasons I love the recipe is because I have never had a good recipe for escarole before this one.

This is what you will need:

  • 1/4 cup shallots, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup canned cannellini beans (or other white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 halibut fillets, skinned seasoned with salt and pepper ( 4 or 5 oz each)
  • 1 head of escarole, trimmed, washed and chopped

Preheat the oven at 250.  Then saute shallots, garlic and pepper flakes in 2 tsps of olive oil in an oven proof skillet over meduim heat for 1 minute.  Deglaze with wine and simmer until liquid is nearly evaporated, about 2 minutes (or skip if you are not using wine).

Add broth, tomatoes, beans, and vinegar: simmer 3-4 minutes or until liquid is reduced slightly.  Season with salt and pepper.

Nestle fillets in the tomato bean mixture, cover and transfer pan to the oven.

Poach for 20-25 minutes in the oven or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Steam escarole with water in a large saute pan over meduim high heat, covered, stirring occasionally until wilted, 2-3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the greens amound 4 plates/bowls.  spoon some of the tomato broth around the greens and top with a halibut fillet.

It makes about 4 servings.

Christy – Quiche


Here’s another thing we made this past christmas. I forgot to post it earlier.

My mom is famous for her quiches. Throughout the years she has been trying to make them more healthy so that I still enjoy them. Here is the latest:

We took onions, garlic, green, orange and red peppers, celery (not shown) and broccoli and sauteed them in some olive oil.


We made one batch vegetarian and one with some turkey sausage. (This is the turkey sausage)


Then we made some pie crust and I would give you the recipe but it tasted awful so I would look up a recipe online or use the ready made.

We were attempting to make the small quiches (also a mistake – so time consuming!!!)


Half non vegetarian with cheese, and half became vegetarian with no cheese. Then we mixed some eggs with milk


We put some shredded cheese on half and then poured the egg over the top of the quiches we made. With a medicine dropper :)


This is what they looked like when they were done – these are the no cheese, no meat ones.


Since it was so tough to do the little ones, we gave up and made a big one with all the veggies we had left. This one had cheese and turkey sausage



Does anyone have a recipe for a vegan quiche? I would love to know how to make one!