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
So here we are–starting our SNAP Challenge Take 2. This Sunday’s meal looks a lot like our Sunday meal on the first SNAP Challenge. For lunch, we had another green soup. However, this is not my squash soup, it is my faux cream of broccoli soup. I replace the cream with potatoes, which don’t have … More SNAP Starting Sunday
Man, where did the summer go? We had a great summer, although it seemed really packed with activities and projects and such, which made the time fly by. And here it is, Labor Day week, and just about everyone is back to school––or back to homeschool, in the cases of my students, for whom my … More Song of Summer
In North Carolina, today is the first official day of summer, the months I think of as the season of exuberance, based on Yoko Ono’s poem, “Season of Glass.” SEASON OF GLASS spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence winter passes … More Welcome to the Season of Exuberance