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Favorites August 2012

August 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

  When I was young we used to drive on I-80 to visit family in Colorado during summer vacation.  The speed limit was 55 mph, and with no air conditioning in the 1966 International Travelall…Nebraska was a very very very long state.   On the shady side of the vehicle the windows would be open and it was too windy, and on the sunny side we would hang a t-shirt in the window held in place by rolling (yes ROLLING)

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Lavender Iced Tea

July 24th, 2012 1 Comment

. Lavender, a Wonder Plant of the herbal world. The name lavender is from the Latin word ‘lavare’ which means to wash—it was a common Roman practice to use lavender in public baths.  Lavender has been used in healing remedies for ages, but if you need a more Western confirmation of the properties the following is from the University of Maryland’s Medical Center: . “this herb has been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and

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Smoked Tofu with Tomatoes and Chipotles

July 17th, 2012 1 Comment

. . Smoked tofu?!? Remember one of my rules of thumb…”If there is a technique that works for one thing, it might work on other things.”  If you can smoke salmon then you can smoke tofu, yes? Yes. The idea of smoking tofu was first introduced to me by my friend Jase (the cook at the South Pole), which we made indoors in a covered pan under a heavy-duty exhaust hood.  Then I began to learn more about smoking, and

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Savory Pesto Cheesecake

July 9th, 2012 No Comments

    Savory cheesecake…why not?  It’s like a pâté made with ricotta cheese. Are you hosting a party and want something that can be prepared a day ahead, a treat that includes the greenery of summer and is also a hearty spread for crackers?   Need an afternoon munchable served as people drink their mojitos?   Here you go.   I use this appetizer both in the summer when the herbs are fresh, and in the winter when the frozen pesto brings

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Roasted Yam Chili Salad

July 3rd, 2012 No Comments

  The simmering sun of summer is in full sweltering swing.  Unless, of course, you are my friend Jase who is cooking the winter stint at the South Pole, then sunlight is only a faded memory and you would be trying like hell to figure out amusing ways to stay sane while living inside the spaceship of a station. Go Jase!!  You can do it!  The sun is headed back your way!   As a tribute to that fiery ball

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Favorites June 2012

June 26th, 2012 2 Comments

  I have a lamp made of agates.  Sometimes I turn it on because I need light and sometimes I turn it on because the warm glow and the intricate design of the rocks makes me feel better. As the first memorial for Mom comes to a close I have been pondering how it all works, this life and death thing.  Sorry—no real answers here, only mullings and musings of Life, the Universe and Everything. I remembered how recently I

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Dill Cumin Popcorn

June 18th, 2012 5 Comments

  This is a photo of my mother that depicts what we hope she experienced this week as she crossed over to the other side.  She would be sailing down a waterslide with a huge smile and her arms up in the air.   What an incredible process, this dying thing, I am in awe. . Here is another photo—she LOVED to laugh! . . Our family has been together a lot lately, and without fail the fall-back task to

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Lettuce Wraps with Thai Chicken

June 12th, 2012 1 Comment

  Lettuce wraps have given me such relief in the summer months—I can eat cold meals, gluten free. Lettuce is a vehicle, an edible cupping tool that gets the filling from the plate into my mouth, without bread.  I have also tried other fillings like tacos, tempeh, sesame beef, and sandwich-makings.  These buddies can be a little messier than bread since the lettuce does not absorb any liquid of the filling, but they work, and are especially great in the

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Greek Lemon and Rice Soup

June 4th, 2012 No Comments

  These are some photos of my journey home, wandering through old haunts and childhood byways.  VW Beetles are far too adorable to just drive by so I had to stop.  Later that day this sunset brightened my road as I drove northward. . . . . . Light, lemony and brothy, this Greek Lemon and Rice Soup is another lively addition to a spring menu….not to mention a great way to eat kale!  Note that there are still rain

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Strawberry Salsa and Spinach Salad

May 29th, 2012 3 Comments

  “What do you eat when your mother is dying?” That was a question my sister asked me, partly in jest because I am always looking for things to write about and partly because we were wondering what foods will help our bodies that are numb from processing the reality of our mother fading from this world. When I am stressed with the adrenaline of catering the only thing I am able to choke down is a banana, but the

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