I went to the Cary Downtown Farmers Market the morning of July 4th, and was delighted with what I found. It was the first of the local organic-ish corn, peaches, and watermelon. The Market is bursting with fruits and vegetables right now. We’ve been grilling and eating outside a lot lately, so that’s tonight’s Meatless … More Meatless Monday: Summer’s Bounty
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
It’s the last Monday in June, so I couldn’t let the month end without a meal to honor Gay Pride Month. This is a time of the year when our Farmers Market is filled with colorful fruits and vegetables from most colors of the rainbow. So it is only fitting that we have a rainbow … More Meatless Monday: Vegan Rainbow Tostados for Gay Pride Month
I hope you’ve had an opportunity to take my advice from my post on Friday and to unwind some this weekend. I know I have. I watched Falsettos Friday night, which brought back lots of memories about the early ’80’s, both good and back. I wasn’t in love with the first act, but I laughed … More Free Movies for the Moment
Not to contradict the Gershwin brother’s beautiful music in Porgy and Bess, but while it is now officially summertime, the living sure doesn’t feel easy. It has been another week of political conflict, of accusations of illegal police violence, and of rising cases of coronavirus. Here in North Carolina, based on the continuing increase of … More Ways to Chill Out at Home This Weekend
Today’s main course was a riff on something I made, who knows how many years ago, but it was when the Carolina Panthers were in the Super Bowl. I don’t care anything about football, but I care about parties, so for a local Super Bowl party I brought a chili recipe I made up called … More Meatless Monday: Vegan Black and Blue Chili
I couldn’t help it. I literally laughed out loud this week when I read in the Washington Post that Donald Trump had announced: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told [Wall Street Journal journalist Michael] Bender. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” … More Juneteenth 2020
In my last post, I told you that I would let you know what I thought about Colson Whitehead’s latest book, The Nickel Boys. It was the first book I checked out since the Wake County Library System had begun no-contact checking out books on hold since the beginning of the coronavirus shutdown. I had … More Book Review: The Nickel Boys
The Wake County Public Library System began allowing people who ordered books on hold to start picking them up as of yesterday, June 15. To me, that’s worthy of a celebration! So let’s have a little music… That is courtesy of the Nashville Public Library–so cute! When I got the notice about being able to … More Hooray! Limited Library Services Have Restarted!
One of the great easy healthy dishes for the summer is Gazpacho, the Spanish chilled tomato soup. Plus it is a great use of our delicious Farmers Market vegetables. As I did last week, I’m following Serious Eat’s J. Kenji López-Alt’s process for preparing this dish more than his actual recipe (which you can find … More Meatless Monday: Gazpacho!