I have been totally spoiled this week! I mentioned earlier that I had a hairline fracture in my foot and was supposed to stay off my feet. I’ve been doing that as much as I can, but just taking care of daily needs ends up taking a lot of steps. But this week, several of … More Celebrations, Community, and Sababa
Nowruz is the name for Persian or Iranian New Year! Since at least the time of the Zorastrians, the country we in the West called Persia, which we now call Iran (much closer to what the people living there called the country) celebrated the start of the new year on the first day of Spring. … More Happy Nowruz!
I’ve been pretty transfixed watching the inaugural activities today. If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you will know one of the highlights of the day for me was the incredible poem by Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate. I had high expectations, but she blasted past them by not only giving us … More An All-American Inauguration Dinner
I’ve been reading these columns about the big cooking trends of the year, and honestly, I haven’t done any of them (for example, baking sourdough bread). Most of them, I haven’t even heard of, although it seems like a lot of them took off on TikTok, which I don’t know that I’ve ever even seen. … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Meatless Mondays (Holiday Edition)
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
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
While eating more plant-based food is one great way to reduce your carbon foodprint, another is making sure you eat all the food you’ve got. Government estimates say that 30-40% of all food produced in America gets wasted, which means that all the energy, water, and land use resources used to raise that food get … More Meatless Monday: Use-It-Up Version