The Colors of Indian Cooking

A Hollywood Screenwriter A Bollywood Kitchen

Kathy Gori

Kathy Gori
Location
California,
Birthday
December 31
Title
Screenwriter/Indian foodie
Bio
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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  This seems to be the week of no touch, no stir, nearly hands off cooking. Easter became a menu of simple, down home Italian dishes that I felt I just had to share even if they're off topic from my usual Indian fare.
  How does someone get to be 91/…

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 I love dishes that I don't have to worry about. Obedient little entrees that one can tuck into the oven and don't scream for attention every five minutes. That's one of the pleasures of slow cooking with clay, prep it and leave it. But the world doesn't totally revolve around clay/…

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Easter around our house is like the Tri-fecta of family holidays. Not only is there the big celebration of Easter, a huge deal in Italian households. But at Casa Gori, we also add in my parents anniversary and this year, my fathers' 91st birthday. Last year for his 90th, he got/…

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 Yesterday we were bouncing around in that weird mix of rain/sun/clouds/shadow/wind that comes to Sonoma at this time of year. Spring had sprung and it was a chilly one.
  This morning it was raining.
 
A light cold rain just damp enough to know that there would be a fire this/…

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We've been buffeted by rain and some hail and cold winds up here in Sonoma the last several days. "They" are predicting more to come.
  The birdbath and the decks are full of leaves and foot-flattened acacia pollen
  The lemon tree is budding, slightly.
 Freesias are popping out of the g/…

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I know this sounds like a cross between a sequel to the Bourne Identity and the Ostermann Weekend. Instead it was an all Indian weekend at our house.
 I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we were treated to a marvelous dinner at Sante,  Sonomas' only restaurant to hold a/…

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  I love samosas. Crunchy, crispy filled with vegetable deliciousness. So when it came to the menu of foods for my birthday party last week, they were at the top of my list. What I don't like about samosas are the oily greasy part. Ok, I take that back. Like every/…

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MARCH 23, 2010 8:32PM

My Birthday Was Great!


Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes, it was a wonderful weekend. The day before my birthday, Alan took me birthday present shopping, of course I stopped off at Bram, one can never have too many clay pots!

On the actual day Friday Alan and I went to one of my/…

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 Almost everybody loves desserts, however not  everybody loves what desserts do to them. I'm not talking here about the amazing expanding waistline, larger pants size problem. I talking about gluten intolerance.  There are a lot of desserts that involve wheat flour and there's the rub./…

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 I was totally bowled over this morning to see that I'd been given a Sunshine Award  from the Sunshine State.
   I'm extremely grateful for all the kind words and appreciation. Since I've been writing this blog I've met so many nice people from every corner of the world, all of us/…

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When peoples' kids go to school they very often find themselves socializing with new "school friends", other parents from their childs' class. The dog park world is pretty similar. Dog people find themselves getting acquainted with other "dog parents".  As long as nobody bites anybody and everyo/…

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 My husband loves chess. he loves to read about it, talk about it, study it but most of all he loves to play. Growing up in New York he played at the Manhattan Chess Club. When we lived in Los Angeles he was a member of the Santa Monica Chess Club/…

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MARCH 12, 2010 3:51PM

The Chess Players...And The Chicken.

  Not the great film The Chess Players by Sajit Ray. This is the story of a devoted wife (me)who is giving up her Sunday so that her husband can pursue his obsession, and the chicken that made it all possible.

   The wife in The Chess Players was able to while/…

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Every culture and cuisine has their own version of bread and I like all of them. Flat or tall, round, square oblong, leavened, or un, paper-thin or giant heavy slabs. I love the stuff.
 What I don't love is the mixing, kneading, waiting, rising, punching, and pinching that's usually involved in&n/…

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  Everybody has an event that they love to celebrate with family, friends and neighbors.  It might be the World Cup, The Superbowl, College playoffs, Olympic Figure Skating Finals or the Stanley Cup. At our house it's The Oscars. We're writers, what else would it be?
   Every year/…

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MARCH 8, 2010 12:27AM

Terri Roberson Wins Oscar Ballot!!!!

 And is presented with a bottle of primo extra virgin Olive Oil!!!  What else did you expect from Hollywood in the Vineyards. Coming soon...the dirty details of the Oscar Dinner.

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MARCH 6, 2010 7:08PM

A Bollywood Feast For Oscar Night!

 Clay pots bubbling on the stove, getting a vegetarian feast red-carpet-ready for tomorrows festivities. Jackfruit is getting ready for it's close-up, along with a Gujarati steamed chickpea bread aka Dhoklas and assorted vegetable supporting players. Joan Rivers will not be commentating!

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 It stormed and blew all day yesterday in Sonoma. Patsy was packed off to dog camp for the day at Vintage Kennel Club. Huskys need a lot of exercise and for the last couple of weeks the dog park has been closed due to sodden turf. Our property is not fenced,/…

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MARCH 3, 2010 3:23PM

Dessert For A Stormy Afternoon

 I'm working on something..more to follow

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 Remember that old song lyric by Nilsson, "the lime in the coconut"??? In my opinion, there is nothing that doesn't go better with coconut.  Lime, more coconut, lamb, whatever. I love my coconut. Maybe it was a lack of Peter Paul Mounds growing up as a kid. My mother doesn't/…

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FEBRUARY 28, 2010 8:38PM

A Break In The Weather, Sun In The Sky


 We've had a break from the rain today. Errands were done, time once again to discover that the clay pot sale at Bram was still going on. I was able to snag a ginormous La Chamba oval roaster for I dare not tell you how much, the price was that good!
 I/…

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Ok, so maybe it's not the Queen of Puddings, but it sounded really good to me. Especially since I cooked it yesterday while waiting for the new Queen of the Ice Yu-Nah Kim to win Olympic gold.

I must confess, I love watching the Winter Olympics. The Summer Games aren't as interesting/…

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FEBRUARY 24, 2010 7:34PM

Kathy in Cheeseland

 Usually a cheesy weekend might involve Vegas, a Bachelor Party, Zack Galifinakis and Mike Tysons' pet tiger. At least that's what I'd think if someone mentioned their big fat cheesy weekend to me. Real cheese would be the last thing on my mind. It's not that I don't love cheese. Cheese…

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FEBRUARY 22, 2010 4:35PM

My Cheesy Weekend


 It's not got anything to do with Indian food, but I had an amazing cheese and fun filled Sunday at the Winter Artisan Cheese Fair in here in Sonoma.
  It was truly an adventure to enter the cheese world. So coming soon, I explore Cheese-Fest 2010 and discover something new and/…

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FEBRUARY 21, 2010 11:36AM

Something's Fishy In Kerala!


My two Italian grandmothers were amazing cooks, but after them the foodie gene in my family seemed to have skipped a generation. The homemade pasta, gnocchi, gravy and cookies of my childhood gave way to my moms' "personal Chef", some guy named Boy R Dee. Maybe you've heard of/…

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