Duxelles for Everything – even Truffled Seitan

Oh, dear. I fear that I rushed to post the Truffled Seitan recipe, and in doing so, left in a mention of the “mushroom juice from the duxelles” that I had meant to delete. Naturally, several people have already asked me about this. What are duxelles? They are among one of the most wonderful things in the world. And we have the French to credit for this. Finely minced mushrooms are squeezed dry, then sauteed with shallots and herbs, and maybe even a splash of brandy or sherry, to yield an intense mushroom flavor that will serve as a filling for all manner of things from crepes, lasagna, tarts, potstickers, or how about Truffled Seitan? The extracted juices also pack […]

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It’s Meat-Free Monday

A couple of years ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors jumped on a slowly progressing nationwide movement to encourage its citizens, businesses and schools to be meat-free on Mondays to help increase awareness of the impact of food choices on climate change.  Of course, this is a non-binding resolution, which means that businesses don’t have to comply.  So I thought I’d pick up the phone and ask a few restaurants if they had adopted the resolution.  Of course, I put on my sweetest, most non-threatening voice, pretending I was just calling from an inocuous vegetarian ladies’ group wanting to know about their vegetarian and vegan options, and that we were hoping to find a restaurant that had instituted Meat-free […]

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Filo Pouch with Veggies and Mushroom Thyme Sauce

The Musing: I was reminded that the “special time of year” was fast approaching when, the other day, my daughter created a Pandora station with Christmas music. I’m not going to write anything pithy here about the holidays or their true meaning; I’ll let that debate go on elsewhere. For me, the only contemplation I do at this is the time of year is about food and menus and gatherings. A bountiful table is a good thing, and I love to have them surrounded by friends an family. But I also like to enjoy the holiday without killing myself while creating the feast. Over the years, I have spent many holidays too tired be able to taste anything when we […]

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