Author Archives: isimmer

About isimmer

Chef, recipe developer, photographer, music lover, indi-gal who makes a damn good cookie....more later... just filling in the blanks.

Hearty Golden Borscht

I was inspired to make this soup while shopping at the farmer’s market. The golden beets looked so beautiful all piled up in the morning light. Be sure not to overcook this soup–the color of the beets will fade if … Continue reading

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Shortbread Cookie Cutouts

These buttery shortbread cookies are crunchy yet melt in your mouth good. They are a great base for frosted cookies or for dipping and  decorating with tempered chocolate. They are delicious topped with crystallized colored sugar as well. Preheat oven to … Continue reading

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Roasted Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant Salad  Served as a salad, over pasta or mixed with cooked lentils, this dish lends itself to variation. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 medium globe eggplant 1/3 cup california olive oil 1/4 pound crimini or white mushrooms 1 1/2 … Continue reading

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Guacamole

I recently went to a potluck. Even as a chef, I had no idea what I was going to take one hour before the party. I dashed over to the grocery store with my ATM card and an open mind. … Continue reading

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iSimmer’s blog slides over to WordPress.com

This may take some time as I live life faster then I can write about it. You might find some of the posts lacking script or jumbled but that is due to the landslide from Vox to WordPress. I’ll sort … Continue reading

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Portions:  4 servings Preparation time: 35 minutes   Cooking time: 1 hour Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of butter 1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and quartered 1 pound of Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered … Continue reading

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Bok Choy Salad with Mint

Prep for Bok Choy salad Servings: 8 Portion size: 1 cup Preparation time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 head of bok choy, finely slivered 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 1 medium shredded carrot1 cup shelled soy beans Dressing:1/4 cup minced … Continue reading

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EAT YOUR BROCCOLI!

Raw broccoli I’ve cooked a lot of broccoli over the years. Personally I think its best served bright green, still firm in texture with a bit of crunch left in it. I prefer steaming over water rather than blanching in … Continue reading

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I offered a gentleman a cookie today at work and he said, "Oh no, if I have one, it will be down hill for me every time you serve cookies. There should be a group called Cookie addicts Anonymous!" That made me laugh, … Continue reading

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation…an AWOL Adventure

When my son Diego asked me for a dog I thought about it long and hard. I’d love to indulge him, but knowing how much attention and care a dog will need, kept me from saying yes. I have every … Continue reading

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