Quote of the Week

“When we are no longer able to change a situation ... we are challenged to change ourselves.”        
Viktor Frankl (1905–1997)

 

Milkweed Seed Bombs

May 3rd, 2016 4 Comments

  Remember this little guy from two years ago?  We did figure out he was a guy by the dots on the wings, check out better pictures here to see the visual differences of male and females.   Spring is a great time to plant milkweed to help these buddies flourish and continue their remarkable migration to Mexico.  Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed, it’s the one plant that larvae will eat so this is where they lay their eggs.  The reduced growing habitat

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Favorites April 2016

April 26th, 2016 1 Comment

  From a run in the woods today: it’s good to be alive.     Since catering became a major part of my life spring has meant the beginning of the crazy season, the listmaking-emailing-ordering-prepping-ducks-in-a-row pseudo-calm before the storm, the beginning of nearly non-stop intensity.  Spring meant the end of reasonable work hours, the end of free time, the end of fun exercise.  Since skiing became a major part of my life spring is the season I mourn the passing

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Peppermint Coconut Oil Snacks

April 20th, 2016 4 Comments

 photo by Roy Hampton It has been so fun going through my father’s photos of our times in Mexico.  Good memories of a slower life, and my oh my we all looked so young. This is a print of two nopales (prickly pear cactus) growing on a hilltop.  One grey day while taking a walk on the mesa my father noticed he could see these dancers when he was at a very particular place in the road.  A few feet either

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Caramelized Café Combate

April 13th, 2016 7 Comments

photo by Roy Hampton  Blacker than the inside of a box buried in a cave one mile below ground, caramelized coffee (sometimes referred to as the brand name Café Combate) is the northern Mexico style of roasting green coffee beans with azucar, or sugar.  The sugar cooks (then burns) into a black tar giving the beans the characteristic caramelized flavor of this nectar of Mexico’s north. Yes, that bag in the photo actually says “MASA”, but it was only used

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Calcutta Curry Soup

April 5th, 2016 8 Comments

  Red Lentils—one of the most colorful legumes around.  They’re nutritious, delicious and they cook fast if you need some quick protein in a meal.  Check out World’s Healthiest Foods for an afternoon read on these adorable orange delights.  They’re best if rinsed numerous times before cooking: pour water into a bowl with the lentils, stir and swish everything around, then drain and repeat a few times until the water is mostly clear.  Rinsing will help remove the dust as

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GF Lemon Almond Cake (Torta Caprese Bianca)

March 31st, 2016 6 Comments

    Spring means freak snowstorms and a gathering of my sisters…and last week we had both.  Once everyone made it through the weather and to our destination safely we had a lovely weekend of eating, laughing, sharing, sight seeing, and then of course eating some more.  On our last day we hung out at Zanzibar Coffee and enjoyed the (midwestern) Mediterranean scenery, good tea, and freshly roasted coffee.           I normally don’t make the effort

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Turmeric Lemongrass Tea

March 23rd, 2016 4 Comments

  I’m a little under the weather today so have been enjoying numerous cups of this delicious and potent elixir.   When we think of turmeric we probably think of curry and the golden-orange brilliance it brings to many dishes.  This remarkable root has a bitter side with an earthy backbone that may be an acquired taste by itself, but when mixed with other flavors it takes everything to another level.  It is also known as Indian Saffron or Poor Man’s Saffron because of the saffron-like

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Boxty Cakes

March 15th, 2016 4 Comments

  An Irish potato pancake just in time for St. Patrick’s day. These are hearty buddies for any kind of meal and a great way to use your leftover mashed potatoes. The basic idea is to mix mashed potatoes with grated raw potatoes and an egg, but there are infinite possibilities of variables that could be introduced.  Herbs, garlic, curry, jalapeños, horseradish, siracha, yams, caraway, saffron…   The origin of the name is likely the Irish phrase arán bocht tí meaning “poor-house bread”.  

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

March 9th, 2016 No Comments

  A crust should be both a snack by itself as well as a vehicle to transport delicious toppings to your salivating mouth.  I’ve known of recipes using cauliflower for various crusts but had never tried it until recently.  This recipe has no grain but there is cheese which helps bind everything.  Why cauliflower?  It has a light texture and a mild flavor so it should blend well with whatever toppings you want to add.     Squeezing out the

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Feta Jalapeño Dip

March 2nd, 2016 4 Comments

    I love dips.  I love spreadable flavor that I can eat on a cracker.  Maybe it’s the social aspect of which it hints—Spreadable and Dip-able concoctions often mean time with friends and wine…and that just sounds like fun. We first tried a version of this in Washington D.C. and the salty-with-a-bite was a combination worth exploring.  It’s simple and could be used as a dip, spread, or enchilada filling.  There are many variations you could do with this

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