Farmer’s Market Potato & Kale Salad with Glory Bowl Dressing

October 5, 2014
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Rest and be thankful.William Wordsworth

When thinking about ways to improve your day-to-day, it’s likely there are an inevitable few that will always come to mind. I mean, how many of us want to eat better, exercise more, and drink more water? Even those of us with the healthiest of diets (I suspect) will always say these things.

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Chickpea, Olive & Orzo Paella with Scarlett Runner Beans

September 30, 2014
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The best fighter is never angry.Lao Tzu

As the weather cools down and life settles back into the routine of schoolwork, kids sports & weeknights filled with laundry, fighting for who gets the first hot showers (this old house has the world’s smallest hot water tank), and driving back and forth from various engagements, the food we eat tends to change and I like that. The stove and oven which are completely avoided through the hot summer months are all of a sudden full of creative possibility, and the cupboards are opened to reveal spices, pulses, grains & root veggies all perfectly ready to warm the belly with warm sustenance and nourishment.

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Heirloom Tomato & Onion Tartine on Chickpea Flatbread

September 15, 2014
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Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.Patti Smith

On the occasion of this special day, I’m making note of things as I sit and write this post to you, my readers. It’s my birthday today (and yes I am sitting in a jazz-filled cafe alone early in the morning and it’s HEAVEN), and on this day I am one entire whole year older (DUH, I know you know this but still). A year that both flew by and yet felt like it crawled at times, with anguish, discomfort, heartache, and most of all stretching that has brought with it an immense amount of personal growth – it’s one that won’t soon be forgotten.

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Greens Beans & Brussels W/ Minty Tahini Lemon Dressing

September 1, 2014

Greens Beans & Brussels W/ Minty Tahini Lemon Dressing

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.John Steinbeck

Every once in a while there comes along a recipe that no matter what you know you just have to try. For me it was this one, with a picture so breathtaking it jumped off the page as I got home from my recent holiday with a stack of fresh reading from our annual trip to Powell’s in Portland. My monthly subscription to Bon Appetit ran out some time ago, and in an effort to cut back on unnecessary spending this year I’ve been hesitant to renew any of my beloved magazine deliveries. I realize now this is silly, as I read through some of the picks that drew me in this year — I love books and magazines that deliver gorgeous images and inspire me to cook and to create and experiment.

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Easy Avocado Egg Salad Wrap with Za’atar

August 13, 2014
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Well as I write this it has been just a few hours since I realized sheepishly that it’s MY FIFTEEN YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TODAY. Yes, you may find it ridiculous, but the man and me are pretty chill when it comes to these things. But even with our normally casual attitude, I’ve got to say this is a first for both of us to not even think about such things until well into the late afternoon on the day of!!

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