Monthly Archives: June 2013


In the movie Tortilla Soup (one of my favorite movies about cooking) a nervous Orlando Castillo sits down to dinner and proclaims to his new father-in-law, “I love toppings.  Sometimes I go to a restaurant and just order toppings.” I agree that toppings often make the meal, and in the past year I’ve found myself […]

Allowing Summer

I think of summer as a mythical state of slowness, that I haven’t actually achieved since I was in elementary school.  As I wrote that sentence, I had the lyrics “summertime and the living is easy” running through my head, along with images from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Instead of sinking into this kind of […]

In Season: Fava Beans

Last fall, we planted fava beans as a cover crop.  I loved seeing their green sprouts all winter long.  In the spring, they seemed to visibly grow each sunny day, and blossomed with black and white flowers.  As it turns out, they’re also delicious and nutritious.  Fava beans are high in protein, iron, and potassium – […]

In Season: Strawberries

For the past two Saturdays, I’ve gone strawberry picking with my husband.  Last Saturday, the fields were almost empty, and a light rain fell on us for part of the time, as we effortlessly plucked the abundant, muddy berries.  At the beginning of the season, with very few people out, it was easy to fill 12 pints […]

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A book and a blog for first-time mothers

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Pregnancy, Parenting, and Easy Vegan Food.



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Parenting With Respect

Asian Vegan Eats

Asian vegan recipes, food & restaurants

Attempting Perfection

Setting expectations too low has never been my problem

the living notebook

creativity : art : philosophy : productivity : writing

Edging West

Adventure + Culture + Environment

Painterly Pumpkins

Parenting, vegan cooking, writing, and the moments between.

Steve McCurry Curated

Steve's body of work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element.

Kiran's Cooking Club

Everyday Indian Food

Lit For Kids

Introducing kids of all ages to the world of literature


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