New Year Looming

I’m in an interesting mood tonight, the kind  that comes from spending the day alone and in contemplation.  It was a cold, raining, nasty kind of day that lends itself to hunkering down.  Sundays are my kitchen days, so the weather didn’t hobble me; I planned to cook for the coming week anyway.  By noon…

Oh, Venus!

This morning was special:  Venus was at peak luminosity in the hour before dawn.   The scientific explanation for the planet being at its greatest illuminated extent is nicely explained by EarthSky. So, For the second time this week, I was outside like a lawn ornament in the predawn hour sporting a steaming cup of…

Merci beaucoup

I was up at 5:31 on Thanksgiving morning.   I wanted to knock off my word count as I round third base in my NaNoWriMo novel, but I was also awake because I enjoy those early, silent hours.  It’s a time to be alone with the world.  It’s a moment of uncompromised truth before we…

Cramming two days into one, plus my dinner tasted like feet

I thought today would be crazy difficult, but not so.  I spent last night with my Mom in Saugerties.  We sat around reading old Gourmet magazines from the 90’s, watched a documentary about the great Johnny Cash, and drank a little wine.  Kate stopped by for a ham (!) sandwich.  So with all that activity,…

10,000 words and 2 Sundays of abandon in the kitchen…

Last night I hit 10,000 words, marking my progress at 20%.  Forcing myself to work on my novel daily is a challenge, but in one week in I am developing better writing habits.  Therein lies the beauty of the exercise.  Anyone who tells you they expect to have a publish-worthy novel in 30 days is…

The year of the novel…

In non-food related news… November is National Novel Writing Month. At midnight tonight, the writing commences and we’re off.  The goal is to tap out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  I’ve spent most of October outlining a plot and bouncing ideas back and forth with my NaNo writing buddy Kate.  In addition to…

Guacamole with OJ

Looking to make something easy for lunch, I decided on guacamole.  I used one of the two gorgeous, organic avocados I bought at Hannaford last week.  I have a bad habit of letting food go bad, so I am on a crusade to overcome waste.  The best guacamole I’ve had was at Boudro’s on the…

Faux Meat Products

Despite my devotion to a meat-free lifestyle, I love the taste, the smell, the luxury of eating meat.  When I lived in Memphis, my husband would pick up ribs from the Rendezvous at least twice a week.  My lust for ribs & brisket was insatiable.  Tops BBQ (they’re tops in BBQ) was another favorite… you…

Cooking up a storm…

With Nelson away (Go Badgers!), I’ve a lot more free time, which I’ve devoted to expanding my vegan dishes repertoire.   First, to use up an abundance of tomatoes before they went south, I adapted the French Laundry’s recipe for Gazpacho.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of this beautiful soup.  I was a little…

Beans, Corn, & Greens Soup

I only post recipes that turn out to be in the range of very good to awesome.  This one rates an AWESOME and is from the Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers cookbook, appropriately subtitled: fresh ideas for the weeknight table.   This is a great recipe to have on hand because it can be whipped together quickly…

White Mulberries and Mindful Eating

White Mulberry (Morus alba L.). Mid-June, the tree at the end of my driveway becomes loaded with fat white berries.  When ripe, they yield to the touch with a spongey plumpness, releasing from the branch without hesitation.   The fruit has a milder flavor than the more common, darkly purple mulberries.  When you eat them,…