Category Archives: Cooking

Bean Soup

Three cups of mixed beans had been resting in a jar on the counter for a long time. To use them up I made bean soup. I soaked the beans overnight, then rinsed them in a colander with cold water … Continue reading

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Chickpea Salad

An acquaintance from the Climate Reality Project posted a photo essay depicting the process of making a “‘No-Tuna’ Salad Sandwich” on Instagram. I found the recipe on line and made the dish for lunch. Mostly vegetarian, I long for food … Continue reading

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Inventing a Cuisine

Who wants to reinvent home cooking every time they enter the kitchen? Here’s a better question, how can I work to be present in the kitchen and produce tasty, nutritious food for our family? While I have a strong memory … Continue reading

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New (to me) Way of Cooking

(Editor’s Note: First of a multi-post series comparing traditional and improvisational cuisines) I am doing a noggin analysis of how we cook. I’m trying to wrap my head around the symbiotic relationship between traditional cuisines and improvisational cuisines found in … Continue reading

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Okra Summer

This year I grew okra for the first time. It was an experimental change from store-bought to growing my own. I use okra mainly for gumbo and after this gardening season I have plenty sliced and in the freezer. Okra … Continue reading

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Main Season Apples and Cookery

We’re in the main season at the apple orchard. We survived the madness of Honeycrisp weekend and can settle into some really great fruit like the four varieties of apples in the photo. The Robinette was complexly flavored and super-delicious. … Continue reading

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Couldn’t Face the Gumbo

I had planned gumbo for a few weeks. Yesterday was the day. Gumbo is a natural dish for our kitchen in late summer. There are plenty of onions, celery stalks, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic and okra available from the garden. … Continue reading

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