It was another quiet walk this morning. I was anxious to visit the dayflower I had seen yesterday to see if it was true that the bloom only lasted one day. But as you can tell by comparing this morning’s photo (above) with the one I took yesterday (below) … It was true! The tiny … More Labor Day Reflection: A Holiday of Letting Go
If you read my Celebrating Summer post, you know this is one of a series of posts about recent celebrations. But I’m starting with this one because it was actually on a Meatless Monday. I’m not an African American, so Juneteenth has only recently become one of my regular holidays. So I don’t have a … More Meatless Monday, Juneteenth Edition…Or, Lessons from African American Cooking
This post is long overdue, because I promised it back during my Meatless Monday: Memorial Day Edition post back in May! I was planning to write it yesterday, but my Fourth of July Reflections post ended up taking longer to write than I had planned. So it’s kind of for July 4th itself, but since … More Red, White, and Blue Breads
One of the things I’ve repeatedly told my son, and my students, and people attending my meditations, and have probably said before in this blog, that when thinking about 2020, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should focus on what we can do. For me, one of the upsides of staying home … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Books!
This week’s Meatless Monday meal is a DOUBLE homemade ricotta gnocchi! It is double because not only did I make the gnocchi, I made the ricotta in the gnocchi. I started with the delicious Maple View whole milk that I got at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market from Queen B. Making homemade ricotta (which is … More Meatless Monday: Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi
Things are really hitting their stride at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. This weekend I could get all the vegetables I needed to make a traditional French dish in honor of Bastille Day for Meatless Monday–ratatouille! Ratatouille is a famous dish in Southern France, but it is kind of like chocolate chip cookies–there are a … More Meatless Monday: Bastille Day Edition
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
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
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!
This weekend was the first weekend that there was a full bounty of vegetables at our local Farmers Market, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. So I really wanted to make something to showcase all the lovely produce available right now. I don’t like to do pasta two weeks in a row, but it seemed like … More Meatless Monday: Farmers Market Bounty