Posts tagged "recipes"

What Worked In 2017

Wherever you live and whatever your political persuasions may be, I think we can all agree that our world held its moments of profound sadness in 2017. I have no great ideas for how big things can shift and change, but I leave 2017 convinced that we all have work to do in our communities and neighborhoods. We have people to love, we have walls that need to be rebuilt...

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Tradition And Experimentation: A Few Good Eats This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Thinking back on my childhood, I can't recall a single Thanksgiving that we spent with just our small family of five. It seemed we always spent the day with someone, whether they were blood relatives, or friends. The company of others was always more important than the menu. The more, the merrier was the philosophy we lived. We had our traditions, of course....

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Friday Feast: Cauliflower Soup

 Among the many gifts of the Autumn season, hot soup in warm mugs on cold afternoons and evenings sits at the top of my list. I wait for this all year. In my house, (as is probably true for many of you too), we have a variety of dietary constraints. I've got nut-free, people, dairy-free people, people who only like chicken nuggets or pizza, my husband eats a Keto diet, while I am...

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Invisible Hospitality And An End-of-Summer Cake

Ten years ago, she confessed to me that hospitality wasn’t for her. The tasks that brought me life brought her only unbearable stress. She sloughed off a burden of expectation that wasn’t hers to bear. She said no to hosting friends for dinner and said yes to so many other good things. * Today, that same friend is mom to a houseful of kids. They arrived through birth and adoption...

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Simple Blackberry Galette

I have declared this summer to be the summer of galettes, crisps, and cobblers. I also decided it was the summer of s'mores, in the form of milkshakes and brownies. I just can't get enough of marshmallows and fresh fruit. On my food blog a few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for blueberry cobbler and there was also a brief spell in June where I was making Shauna Neiquest's blueberry crisp every Saturday...

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Panzanella Salad

  When Kris announced that "Roots and Sky", written by Christie Purifoy, would be this year's book for our Summer Reading Book Club, I was thrilled. Having read the book, I can speak to the way Christie opens her heart and home to the reader, how you can picture Maplehurst, and see the rooms and the grounds. It is a beautiful book, one that deserves to be savored. I asked...

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Why Rhythms Matter

Today is my daughter’s 20th birthday.  And it’s the first time I won’t be with her to celebrate. Last year, on March 7, I baked Murielle’s favorite chocolate cake with the help of some generous people in the neighborhood. The recipe and special bundt pan normally used at Christmas were skulked away in a corner of the kitchen but I had inadvertently overlooked the need for mixing bowls and the...

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Fall Vegetable Tart

Flying in the face of well-intentioned advice to be fully present and in the moment, I confess that I spent all summer thinking up meals for our fall dinners. This was made even worse a couple months ago, when I was cleaning out a junk drawer and stumbled upon a meal plan from last fall, boasting of chilis and pot pies and baked pasta. I have never experienced such severe...

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Eating Simply, Eating Well

A friend and I were talking about all of the books and blogs and articles we had recently encountered whose subject was that elusive thing called simplicity. Food, we decided, must be one of the cornerstones of the so-called simple life. “But, why?” my friend burst out. “Why does it always sound so complicated?” *** Like me, you’ve probably seen the documentaries. You’ve read the books. You know that farmers...

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Feeding the Multitudes (Large Family Hospitality)

The other day, friends of ours who live in another part of the state were passing through our county, so I invited them for lunch. They are a family of eleven (or is it twelve?) so when my guests said there would be just seven of them coming, I felt like I got off easy. I planned on serving chili and cornbread, and promptly doubled everything as I mentally gathered...

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