Art Therapy

Art Therapy Some of my earliest memories of being happy and content are either riding my little red bicycle—my first bicycle—or laying on the living room floor drawing. I would draw for hours. Mostly cartoons but other things as well. Pablo Picasso famously said that, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how toContinue reading “Art Therapy”

Roast Pumpkin Hummus v2

Roast Pumpkin Hummus v2 Makes about 2 cups 1 (15oz) can chickpeas 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 small pumpkin 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided (plus extra for garnish) 1 teaspoon za’atar seasoning (plus extra for garnish) 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (plus extra for garnish) 1 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup freshContinue reading “Roast Pumpkin Hummus v2”

Food for Thought

Journal Entry 17 September 2022 It’s interesting that after so many years of working in commercial kitchens I now work in the home kitchen of a small group home; I’ve been there nearly 5 years. Though it is clean and orderly it is well stocked with equipment. Inversely, my teeny home kitchen, which is alsoContinue reading “Food for Thought”

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation Warning: blatant religious talk ahead. If this is not your thing keep scrolling. And I am fully aware that when I post with overtly religious tones (opposed to simply. “spiritual”) some followers immediately jump ship, and that is okay. But I’m starting off topic. Let me begin again, which is really whatContinue reading “Lost in Translation”

Crisp Tofu Souvlaki

So I have to preface this post with a couple things. One is that I am not vegetarian (as some sometimes assume, given the plant based recipes I often post). I eat meat, albeit small quantities, on most work days as I eat what I cook for others. But when off the clock I eatContinue reading “Crisp Tofu Souvlaki”

Pickle Me This

A couple weeks ago at the beginning of my “staycation” I began a few ferments. Given the weather my teeny kitchen is a bit toasty this time of year so they only took two weeks. Here they are re-packaged and ready for the fridge. From left to right… Louisiana-style fermented hot sauce (made with jalapeno),Continue reading “Pickle Me This”

Ma Petite Cuisine

Ma petite cuisine (my tiny kitchen), or I should say, my tiny, crowded, disheveled, but very functional kitchen. I’ve worked in plenty of kitchens throughout my life but this is my favorite. It’s a galley really, a little longer than it is wide in a small 1860’s house in one of Buffalo’s older neighborhoods. ForContinue reading “Ma Petite Cuisine”