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Golden Vegan Shepherdess Pie

December 18, 2014

  The Winter Solstice is my favorite holiday. There’s so much incipient hope in the turning of our earth back toward the light on the longest night of the year. I also adore that “solstice” literally means “standing still.” As the sun seems to change direction it hangs, seemingly stationary in the sky, for the […]

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Fig and Twig Tea Oatmeal (and Seeing the Porcupine)

December 13, 2014

  Sometimes it’s hard to recognize that something simple, even humble, can be a marker of profound healing. Now that I live farther “out” from downtown, the walk in and back is probably almost two miles. In the winter weather, Romeo and I suit up, and I usually wear my backpack, especially if we’re going […]

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It Takes a Vegan Village to Make an Easy Holiday Meal

December 9, 2014

I was delighted by a recent comment from one of my regular readers who called the prep required for my recipes “leisurely.” I like that word for the slow steps that often go into making my whole food healthy but complex and inviting to taste. My holiday strategy is really just more of the same. […]

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Whole Food Plant-Based Versions: Joe Vanessi’s Special

December 4, 2014

When I was a child, my mother would throw together a week night comfort meal she called “Joe Vanessi’s Special,” a recipe from one of our many Italian friends. It was one of my favorite meals. The smell of it cooking in the square cast iron pan my Italian grandmother gave to my French Canadian […]

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Coconut Kissed Pumpkin-Persimmon Pie with Millet Carob Crust

November 20, 2014

  (Or, “My, My, Me Oh My, I Love Pie”) Does anyone remember the John Travolta movie Michael about an angel who behaves most unlike an angel? Nora Ephron wrote the screen play. Pie is very important to the plot of that movie and its off-beat treatment of disillusion and faith. So if you’ve never seen […]

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Turning The Tables

November 16, 2014

Moving to my new house entailed lots of cleaning out and downsizing. Two decades ago when I first moved into the Asbury Street house my Mom came to visit and we had fun looking for antique furniture that would fit inside it. My great uncle had given me a small sum of money and I […]

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A Tale of Two Ingredient Cookies (And “Exceptional” Carob Fudge Fingerprint Cookie Recipe)

November 12, 2014

When I was in Catholic grammar school back at the dawn of time, the nuns taught us Phonics. Phonics was full of rules to help us remember how to spell and pronounce words correctly. The rules always had exceptions. It was no good learning the rules unless you knew when the exceptions applied. The one […]

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All-in-One Vegan Hot Pot

November 8, 2014

From the moment I first decided to start throwing this together last week, I called it a “hot pot” to myself. I don’t know why. I think maybe because it was cold outside, and I warmed up one of my Mom’s old ceramic lined iron pots to start the process. But when I looked up […]

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October Scrapbook (and Butternut Squash “Croutons”)

October 28, 2014

First, a humbling sorrow. Just months ago I blithely titled a blog post Of Mice and Vegans in which I chronicled my adventures saving the lives of mice that had invaded the house on Asbury Street. I don’t know why I thought such a thing, but I also blithely assumed there would be no mice […]

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Sourdough Starter and Vegan English Muffins–Spelt or Gluten-Free

October 23, 2014

I haven’t been much of a television watcher in my adult life. Back in the days when you could get public television reception without paying for cable and there weren’t a million stations anyway, that was good enough for my son and me–at least most of the time. The one notable exception to that back […]

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