In May, we went on vacation to Yachats, Oregon. At night, I realized I’d left my novel in my daughter’s bedroom, so I looked through the bookshelf in the house we were renting. I came across a collection of short stories published in 1969. I read the Ray Bradbury story in it called “The Other […]

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Having a CSA means that you essentially buy a share of a local farm. Throughout the growing season, you receive weekly produce from them. The price for organic produce is less than what you would pay at a grocery store; the trade-off, but also the joy, is that there […]

Our second week with our CSA from Love Farm Organics was even more exciting than the first. Here’s what we received: Strawberries, Golden Beets, Radishes, Kale, Onions, Garlic Scapes, Broccoli, Snap Peas, Lettuce. Here’s how I used the produce: I made a Mexican Sauté, using the kale and onions, along with black beans, corn, and bell […]

This year, my husband and I have started getting a half-share from a CSA. I’m trying to challenge myself to use as much seasonal produce as possible and will share on the blog how I do so. Here’s what we received the first week: Garlic Scapes, Chard, Radishes, Lettuce, Carrots, Strawberries, and Snap Peas. Here’s […]

The greatest challenge for me when going vegan was knowing how to cook a meal without a recipe (I write more about learning to cook without recipes here). I’m always on the look out for meal ideas that don’t involve complicated recipes, because I think that’s what’s going to help more people (including myself) eat […]

Last Wednesday, I prepared asparagus pizza and a strawberry salad for dinner. It took less than thirty minutes, but felt gourmet. The pizza with the salad is satisfying, yet light. You can taste springtime. I got the recipe for Asparagus Pizza with Hazelnuts and Mint here. We’ve had a warm spring here in Portland, and I already […]

When I lived in Washington, DC, I sometimes needed a break from the pace of the city. On those days, I would walk northwest on Massachusetts Avenue, from Dupont Circle to the National Cathedral. Along the way, I’d stop and sit at the Kahlil Gibran memorial, set just off the street. This little-visited sanctuary is […]

Stir fries are a great way to utilize fresh ingredients. Whenever possible, I like to give directions on basic cooking techniques, rather than specific recipes, so you can use the produce you have on hand and the flavors you prefer. To make a stir fry, use the following: 1. Protein: one pound of tofu, or […]

There are dogs everywhere in Portland. Trotting down trails, running alongside bikes, fetching their ball in parks, and lounging in the sun as their owners drink local craft beers. When my husband and I bought a house, we spent six months admiring these canine good citizens before adopting our own dog, Rosie. I found Rosie […]

Last week, I posted about starting the day with smoothies. This week, I have a second smoothie recipe to share. This one is packed with calcium, found in the fortified orange juice, soy yogurt, and chia seeds. It’s also bursting with flavor, and is a delicious way to start the day. The smoothie pictured was […]

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