The Colors of Indian Cooking

A Hollywood Screenwriter A Bollywood Kitchen

Kathy Gori

Kathy Gori
December 31
Screenwriter/Indian foodie
Kathy Gori has been cooking Indian food for 20 years. A screenwriter by trade, she works at home, so trading a hot keyboard for a hot stove is just a matter of a few steps. Kathy's obsession with Indian cooking began when her sister-in-law, who'd lived and worked in India, introduced her to the intricacies of the Indian kitchen. Thousands of hours and hundreds of dishes later, Kathy makes her own chutneys, grinds her own spices and enjoys exploring the various cuisines of the sub-continent. She has cooked for some of the Dalai Lama's monks, the Director of the Delhi Museum and President Clinton's California campaign staff. She's always learning and likes to share her knowledge and love of Indian cooking with others. In addition to her writing and cooking, Kathy was the voice of Rosemary the Telephone Operator in the series Hong Kong Phooey. She has voiced many films and commericals, winning a Cleo Award. She and her husband/writing partner Alan Berger live with their Siberian Husky Patsy in Sonoma. They are currently working on a project for producer Andrew Lazar (Get Smart) and most recently worked on the screenplay for Chaos Theory starring Ryan Reynolds.

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   I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan and over the years I've gotten used to the idea that in that universe nothing is permanent. Usually in the case of GoT, they're referring to ones' head upon ones' shoulders. The first time a beloved character, or at least one I was/… Read full post »
   Corn is the Miss Popularity of the vegetable World. It seems to be the vegetable that no one rejects, even the pickiest eaters, even guys who don't "eat" vegetables, and I don't mean that in the ironic hipster sense. But speaking of hipsters, I once cooked dinner for a couple/… Read full post »
cucumbers, shallots
   As I was saying the other day, I went a little bit crazy at the Farmers Market. I piled on the vegetables and then went home and put together a menu of easy, make-ahead dishes that I thought would work well for the coming Summer Party Season. Totally coincidentally they/… Read full post »
ice cream
   No doubt about it, it's ice cream season here in Sonoma. Even though whenever you mention our valley to anyone they always say "Wine!" in June it's all about the blueberries, and I'm not just talking any old blueberries here, I'm talking Serres Ranch Blueberries. Last time I saw b/… Read full post »
zucchini blossoms
   One of the first signs of Spring up here in Sonoma are the blossoms. We've had a cold Spring this year marked by some sudden rain storms, last weekend the hottest weather of the year and last night a thunderstorm, dry lightning and heavy rain. As I write this today,/… Read full post »

   Strawberry season is in full swing here in Sonoma. It seems that every yard patch and roadside stand is filled with delicious berries. Now I have to admit here that strawberries are not my favorite fruit. Never have been. I think I grew up eating too many wooden, tasteless, over-sized/… Read full post »
Nettle Soup
   This is a story about Nettles. Once upon a time, not too long ago, if somebody mentioned nettles to me I automatically thought Wicked Stepmother, Fairy Tales, The Brothers Grimm. Nettles were something that wicked Queens made you eat, or sleep on, or wear, or gather or something l/… Read full post »
vanilla ice cream,cherry ice cream
   Our Farmers' Market is going strong here in Sonoma. There's always a Friday Morning Organic Market no matter what the season, but what everyone waits for every year is the kickoff of the Summer Tuesday Night Farmer's Market. That's when most of the town can be found sprawled out o/… Read full post »
MAY 18, 2013 11:58AM

A Virgin At The French Laundry

   First Times are never supposed to be very good. Awkward, messy, never living up to expectations, it's the reason they make so many movies about them. Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Superbad, American Pie and of course this guy.

First times are something one is supposed to laugh and cry abo/… Read full post »
   Summer is coming. Growing up in San Francisco's Sunset District, those words had a bit of a different image for me than for most people.

You see, Summer in The City is not hot fun, hot times or any other song lyrics. Summer In The City was standing on my green/… Read full post »
   LA in the 80's was the homebase of Nouvelle Cuisine. Back in the day, the less that was on the plate and the more one paid for that less was the hallmark of being an LA foodie. In the 80's everything seemed to be about blackened anything, unborn baby vegetables,/… Read full post »

   Lately it seems as though I've been making food for large groups of people, finger foods for awards night, buffets for birthday parties. I just couldn't do anymore big crowd feeds. I was done for a while with racing around between steaming bamboo cookers and trays of samosas./… Read full post »

This is not your brain. This is your cauliflower.

This is your cauliflower on Indian spices. Whoaaaaaa!

   Just in case there's anyone out there who doesn't know the origin of this expression or hasn't watched a "very special episode" of anything, it references this Public Service Commercial/… Read full post »
APRIL 12, 2013 2:18PM

Herb and Mustard Pork Loin Roast

    Last Sunday we threw my dad a party for his 94th birthday, and after mentioning the pork loin roast I served, I had some people ask me exactly how to do that roast. Pork loin is a pretty lean meat, and a big problem with cooking it is that it/… Read full post »

   I don't exactly remember where I first saw a dehydrator advertised. It was either on a  Late Night TV infomerical, the kind of show where they feature stuff "Not Sold In Stores", such as Pilates machines that hook onto the doorknob, and make-up made of special mineral dirt. Quick as/… Read full post »
   The last few weeks I've been feeling sort of like a car that's been up on blocks getting a full makeover in someone's driveway. In short I've been getting all the medical work/checkups/tests/etc done that I've neglected for the last year while we were taking care of Fran. Th/… Read full post »

   Spring is here. No matter what the weather is like outside, pay no attention to the snow behind the curtain. It's officially spring. The calendar says so. I mean the H&R Block commercials are practically running back to back. This is the season of universal holidays. It seems whereve/… Read full post »
MARCH 27, 2013 8:26PM

Where I've been...

    For the last week I've not been cooking. What's been going on is this. I had a bit of a health scare which I didn't want to get into. It started about a month and a half ago, when I had some tests which had some strange results. Since then/
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   It's been awhile since my last post. First, I spent a week making soup for Alan who was recovering from a messy cold, and then I had more dental surgery. It seems I had a screw loose. No big news to most who know me. However, it was a screw/… Read full post »
MARCH 7, 2013 8:14PM

Easy Minestrone aka Sick Man Soup

   It's not quite gotten back to normal around here since Frans' been gone. Swept up in all the stuff that comes after the loss of a parent, mainly taking care of my father Al, I find myself suddenly the mother of a senior citizen teenager. He calls me to tell/… Read full post »

   This last weekend was Oscar weekend or as it's known around our house, The Hollywood Super Bowl. For years, even when I was a little kid, the whole family would park itself in front of the Teevee to watch the dresses, the glamour and all the envelope ripping. Oscar Day/… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 21, 2013 7:48PM

Finger Foods For Awards Night

   This is it. Our big weekend. Others pig out over the Superbowl, but around our house it's always been the Academy Awards, and yes the Golden Globes too, but Golden Globes night does not involve the wearing of a plastic tiara.

   Usually I'm looking for easy, quick foods to fling/… Read full post »

   If it hasn't been crazy enough around here, one of our best friends from LA showed up. He was doing some workat Pixar and so decided to come up to Sonoma for the long weekend. Any visit usually brings a wave of cooking, but since we've had our plate relatively/
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   There are a lot of green foods. Greens for one. Spinach, kale, chard. Then there are all the fruits and vegetables, from peas to pears, apples to mangoes, and of course Kermit the Frog.

   Green however is not something I'd normally associate with rice. I've had red rice from Bh
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FEBRUARY 10, 2013 3:28PM

Curried Peanut Soup

   I haven't been doing a lot of cooking in the last month. Dealing with family matters and my moms' death have kept Alan and me running. Of course to say that I've been eating well would be a joke. Meals have been grabbed on the run  when they do occur/
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