{summer wedding} Vegan Party Food

My son is getting married in a month and, since our caterer is a barbecued chicken joint, I am charged with making one or two supplemental dishes for the vegans to eat. I am perfectly comfortable with vegetarian food since I am a semi-vegetarian, that is, a social meat eater, but I tend to rely…

{events} KATE PAYNE IS COMING TO TOWN

I am pumped with excitement to announce that Austin-based author, Kate Payne, is coming back to the Capital Region for a THREE-DAY Extravaganza!!!!! I love Kate, you love Kate, we all love Kate! Kate is coming to town June 6, 7 & 8th to celebrate her newest book in the “Hip Girls” series: Hip Girls Guide to…

{FSC Book Club} Round 4 Selection & Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER AND THE WINNERS ARE:  Kate “This summer I want to make cucumber pickles. I can never seem to grow enough cukes for a batch.” and Stephanie: “Moving into a house with cherry trees, and could use some preservation ideas!” We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club….

{reflections on food} Eat Vegan Before 6

I have been thinking a lot about diet in the last couple of years, partly as a result of writing for this blog, partly because I have had a sedentary job for nearly two decades and it is wreaking havoc on my aging body.  I do lots of things right, I exercise by walking up…

{FSC Podcast} Episode 12: Whole Grains for a New Generation

Apropos of wrapping up our wildly successful round of the FSC Book Club, where we read through the cookbook Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday Cook, we are bringing you an interview with the book’s author Liana Krissoff! We loved cooking our way through Whole…

{recipe} Mujaddara, Megadarra, Imjadara, GO!

I love the food of the Levant and the Middle East. I’m an unrepentant omnivore, but the vegetarian dishes from this region are so hearty and delicious on their own, meatless eating doesn’t seem like a punishment. One of my favorites dishes is a rice and lentil one called mujaddara. Or megadarra. Or imjadara. The…

{Kitchen Therapy} Mental Consolidation & Quinoa Waffles

I have written a lot about breakfast on this blog.  I’ve realized recently that making breakfast is meaningful to me.  I like eating breakfast foods, but I now recognize that, more importantly, the process of cooking breakfast improves my mental health.  When I feel scattered and disorganized, making breakfast helps me to consolidate and settle…

{Grains Brain Challenge} Chicken and Farro Gumbo

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I grew up in Mississippi right outside of New Orleans. Down there, every family has a favorite gumbo, and everyone thinks theirs is the perfect recipe. But the truth is gumbo is about as variable as South Louisiana…

{giveaway} Put ‘Em Up! Fruit.

Its Earth Day and I get to gush about a book (and host a giveaway) that inspires and educates folks on the ins & outs of putting fruit up, whether that’s in jam-form, syrup-form, frozen-form or or or…the sky is the limit! Growing your own fruit or buying fruit from your local farmers market or…

{FSC Book Club} Meeting 3 Recap- Oats & Farro

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. Oats, oats, oats. Such a popular grain with so much interesting potential too. I eat oatmeal at least a few times a week, but I confess that beyond the occasional chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, I don’t do much else with it. And farro? I…

{reflection on food} Improving My Culinary Options

One of the reasons I think people read and write for this blog is because they want to challenge themselves to cook and eat thoughtfully.  I love the challenge of eating well but not the challenge of finding the ingredients to do so.  I moved to this area several years ago and was immediately aware…

{FSC Book Club} Meeting 2 Recap-Quinoa & Spelt

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. Quinoa! It’s the superfood that’s all the rage these days and we tackled it using the delicious recipes from Whole Grains for a New Generation. We also took a look at the spelt recipes in the book to round out our second “meeting”…

{FSC Book Club: Round 3} Begins with a Giveaway

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. The third round of the FSC Book Club starts today! We are excited to start cooking and reading our way through our newest book club selection, Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday…

{FSC Book Club} our next book choice is…

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. We are happy to announce the book selection for the 3rd Round of the FSC Book Club! We will be reading and cooking our way through Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday…