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Ann and Joan
Cleveland, Ohio and Minneapolis, MN
We are sisters who enjoy sharing culinary improvisations, and now we are building a repository of family history including photos
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Halloween Thai Pumpkin soup (posted by Joan) I improvised a wonderful pumpkin soup using Thai flavors and parts from our Halloween Jack-o-lantern: I started with about 2 cups of fresh pumpkin flesh, the bottom and eyes, nose and mouth from my jack-o-lantern after I carved it. 1. Roast the pumpkin... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Raisins and Almonds
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Today's soup began with homemade chicken stock and some cut-up, cooked chicken meat from the soup chicken. Then came a stream of vegetables: carrots, onions and celery (first sautéed in a little chicken fat) frozen peas and corn, cute boiled potatoes, and steamed cauliflower puréed with cashew milk to make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Raisins and Almonds
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This is a "leftover soup" of celery, onion, carrots, kale, red pepper, zucchini, and a Passover tomato-mushroom sauce, along with garbanzo beans. Joan topped it with fresh parsely and some buttered millet, and reports that it was delicious! Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Raisins and Almonds
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This week Joan is challenging herself to make a new, original soup of the day. Soups are the archetypal, improvised, "no-recipe" culinary Garfield style! For her first soup of the day, Joan recycled overcooked asparagus from her Friday night seder, mixed with coconut milk, along with parsley from the Seder,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Raisins and Almonds
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[posted by Ann] Rebecca Garfield embodied the archetype of the loving, nurturing Grandmother. For most of our childhood we lived far away from her, but there were five years when our family lived close by in the Chicago suburbs of Oak Park and Evanston, (ca 1952 -1957.) During these years... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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Here are two photos of our Grandma Garfield as a young woman. They are a portal to her early years as a spunky immigrant from Russian-controlled Krinik (now Krynki) in Poland. This first photo was taken in New York around 1910, probably with her brother Sam who had immigrated before... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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We are posting a memoir by Joan on this Yom Kippur eve in honor of our Grandfather Julius who felt that Yom Kippur was the most important of all the holidays. It was the only day of the year that he closed his grocery store and stayed home. He was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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Our grandparents were courageous and brave, setting out alone for America from the Old Country (Russian-ruled Poland) when they were teenagers. Our Grandfather was "Papa" to us, but he was born Yudel Karafiol, July 23, 1893, in Bialystok, a Polish textile manufacturing center with a large Jewish population He had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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[written by Joan Garfield, from Stone Soup Cooking, privately published memoir] When I was 19 years old my Grandma died suddenly of a heart attack while visiting friends in Florida. She died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Her body was shipped home to Chicago. At the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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My father's mother was Rebecca Friedman Garfield. When I recall my grandmother, I easily picture her face: her dark eyes, pale wrinkled skin, and thin, wavy gray hair I remember the plumpness of her short body and her soft embrace when I hugged her. Her gentleness, kindness and warmth infuse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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This excerpt comes from the beginning of Sol L. Garfield's autobiography, written for the American Psychological Association. My parents were both immigrants from Russian-Poland. They had met and married in Brooklyn, New York and had moved to Chicago a short time before my birth. They had migrated to the United... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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A change of course: from recipes to family history After two years of sharing recipes, we have decided to change course and use this blog to record memories of our grandparents, Julius and Rebecca Garfield. Their story echoes the path of early 20th-century immigrants to the US, who brought their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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[posted by Joan] Last week when shopping with Rebecca, I started longing for a big, chewy oatmeal cookie. I saw some on display at Good Earth Restaurant and bakery, but alas, they were not vegan. I went online to search for a recipe to try at home, and immediately found... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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[posted by Ann] Having withdrawal pangs from the previous week’s triple ginger cookies, but not enough powdered ginger left for another batch, I turned to oatmeal cookies, using a blend of 3 different flours, 3 different shortenings, and 3 different sweeteners, along with grated orange zest and dark chocolate chips.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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[posted by Ann] The unforgettable flavor comes from three different forms of ginger, enhanced with more spices and the fragrant zest of Meyer lemon. This recipe is based on Triple Ginger Cookies from Heidi Swanson’s blog, 101 Cookbooks. I mader a few substitutions for ingredients that I didn’t have, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Raisins and Almonds
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[posted by Ann] One of the easiest cake recipes I know is an applesauce chocolate cake with no butter or eggs. But it always fell short of the mark on chocolate flavor although the texture was heavenly, light and moist. I tweaked the basic recipe to make a cocoa-enhanced gingerbread,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Raisins and Almonds
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[Posted by Joan] Today was a glorious day, full of sunlight, color, and falling leaves. I felt giddy with joy as I rode the bus home from the Y, feeling the ease of my muscles after yoga, a run and a swim. I felt the anticipation of an afternoon at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Raisins and Almonds
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[Posted by Ann] I had two new beverages in the fridge and decided to mix them together. Red Jacket is an apple-black currant fruit juice, and Fevertree ginger beer is a less-sweet, bracing ginger soda. About equal parts of each produced a wonderfully zingy yet fruity concoction. But with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Raisins and Almonds
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[Posted by Ann] Our mother Amy was born in 1922 and lived through the Great Depression. She passed away May 5, 2013, barely a month short of her 91st birthday. Her cooking was simple and practical. She taught us to make a dinner salad at a young age because in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Raisins and Almonds
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[Posted by Joan] I recently learned about massaged kale, who knew? I had a massaged kale salad that a friend made and the greens were softer, more tender, but not wilted. My friend had massaged olive oil into the greens, added a little more with lemon juice as a dressing,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at Raisins and Almonds
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[Posted by Joan] After I had been dreaming about a Vitamix for several months, my sister Ann sent me an enticing Black Friday offer (day after Thanksgiving) that I couldn’t resist. I ordered my Vitamix, direct from the factory in Cleveland. It arrived with an overwhelming set of materials: cookbook,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2013 at Raisins and Almonds
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[Posted by Joan] I know Julia Child would scold me, but tonight I made a lazy version of Ratatouille. Instead of preparing each vegetable separately and then combining them to cook togegher, I roasted them all together in one big pan. Today's version used one eggplant, two red peppers, several... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Raisins and Almonds
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Joan: Grilled Kale for lunch 1. Pick some tender young kale leaves from the garden in the morning, a few handfuls are good. Rinse and pat them dry. 2. When hungry for lunch, heat a grill pan and brush it with butter or ghee. 3. Grill the kale leaves, turning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Raisins and Almonds
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Joan: One of the things I love about July in Minnesota is the appearance of tomatoes at the farmers market. Last Saturday we had baskets of mulitcolored cherry tomatoes, perfect egg-shaped Roma tomatoes, and even great, round tomatoes, plump and bright red. I bought some of each for a Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Raisins and Almonds
Thanks Laura, and a reminder that you left your bottle of rennet at Joan's house. Maybe next visit we can make cream cheese with Cedar Summit cream!