Maria Theresa Maggi

Upside Down Oatmeal Sundae (and Getting My Goat)

October 2, 2015

September was a bit of a bumpy month for me–literally. About 3 weeks ago, walking full speed and barefoot, I ran my left little toe smack into one of the hardwood claw feet on my couch. The impact separated it from the rest of my toes, and instantly I knew I was in very painful […]

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It Takes a Vegan Village: Red Lentil Fusion Stew–with Gluten-Free Injera

September 18, 2015

Lately I’ve been very engaged in the living of new stories, and not so much in writing them down. Sometimes they have to be lived for a while to know what to say about them. When I’m not drawing, sometimes I read over “old stories” I’ve posted here on the blog. So while I’m slowly […]

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Sort of Spicy Eggplant Bites

September 6, 2015

The year Mike was in Cub Scouts long ago, he was assigned the task of making up a game we could play as a family. He carved out holes in an old Bisquick box and had my boyfriend Joe and I stand across the living room at a designated spot from the box and throw […]

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“Found” Fig Compote (And A New Tree of Knowledge)

August 30, 2015

I have always been a fan of “found” poetry–that is, wording that inadvertently reads with the resonating “both/and” complexity of  a written poem. Perhaps my favorite all-time found poem came from a documentary about the animals in Madagascar I saw decades ago. I still remember it (or I think I do): The lemurs escape the […]

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The Slow Miracle of My Yoga Practice: Spread Your Feet Like Stars

August 24, 2015

Sometimes my yoga mat feels like a magic carpet. It takes me to places beyond space and time, where memories awaken or new insights stir their invisible beginnings to life. Most practically, though, these “magic carpet” travels bring me to insights of the moment in my practice–fresh ways of understanding or implementing what I have […]

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Vegan Versions: Slow Miracle Millet “Butterfinger” Bars

August 15, 2015

I have always been delighted by the vegan penchant for reproducing vegan versions of classic American junk food. And as most of us low-fat whole-food plant-based type vegans know, our versions are often versions of these versions. With Mike’s 30th birthday coming up, I felt like I needed to do some “chocolate attonement” after my […]

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Sunday Brunch: Blueberry Oat Pancakes and “Salty” Carob Steamed or Salad Kale

August 11, 2015

Down several blocks on Alberta Street in my new neighborhood is a rather famous Ice Cream Shop called Salt and Straw. There is almost always a line stretching down the sidewalk as people wait to get scoops of their innovative flavors that mix savory and sweet, vegetable and fruit. I’m not one of the people […]

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Loving Portland Like Water

July 30, 2015

When I was first beginning my search for a new home in Portland late last Spring, Mike and Kelly took me out to a secret spot beyond the Portland area they like to hike and swim. It was a hard hike for me on a hot day, complete with walking across a log bridge with […]

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Kissing the Earth (And No Bake Stuffed Summer Squash)

July 21, 2015

It was late March, the very beginning of Spring, and I had just planted some red russian kale seeds in the one patch of dirt getting direct sunlight at this early angle in front of the studio in the backyard of the house on Van Buren Street. It was unseasonably warm. I had just finished […]

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Banana “Caramel” Ice Cream Sundae (and Some Excellent House News)

July 3, 2015

Waiting to hear good housing news can take a lot out of a family, especially when the weather is as hot as its been out here in the west so early in the summer–even in Portland. Thankfully, a good healthy dessert and a feel-good movie are great distractions to the “what ifs” that are naturally […]

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