Plant-Based Lifestyle Epiphanies

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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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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Instant Vegan Carob Banana Ginger Dipping Sauce (or Pudding)

August 18, 2014

I’ve never had any hesitation that moving to the little house on Van Buren Street was anything but the absolutely right thing for me to do. I just knew it from the very beginning. But if you’d asked me why I’d have a hard time telling you. I could have said “time for a change.” […]

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Vegan Versions: Apple Dill Vinaigrette (Oil Free)

June 28, 2014

  The day Mike and Kelly arrived to help me move, I could have been packing more of my stuff. But I was so overwhelmed instead I fell back on what relaxes me and helps me center: I went into the kitchen and made something up. I knew we would have to have good vegan […]

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Crazy-Easy Low Fat Vegan Candy Bar Innards Dessert (or Heavenly Bites)

June 11, 2014

A dear friend of mine in grad school always insisted that people need comfort food during a move to help ease the craziness. And she said, neither one of us knowing she was echoing Dr. McDougall, that comfort food meant starch. Potato salad. Potato chips. Pasta. Oatmeal cookies. Tortillas. Burritos. Bread. Pretzels. You get the […]

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The Right Stuff

June 4, 2014

If you’ve never heard George Carlin’s routine A Place for My Stuff, take 5 minutes and treat yourself to a  good laugh.  I’m living in that comedy routine these days, and it helped me a lot with perspective to find it online. I laughed so hard I cried all the way through. The last two weeks […]

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Out of the Blue (and Sprouted Buckwheat Sunshine Burgers to celebrate)

April 6, 2014

This is the house I’ve lived in and loved for 20 years. I’ve owned it outright almost 8 years. I first noticed it when I was renting across the street. Instead of grading my student papers, I would find myself staring out the window wondering about it. When I couldn’t sleep at night, unsure if […]

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Sure Things

March 30, 2014

I love it when someone answers me in a way that sends me back to the literal application of what I’ve just said, even if it was couched in an expression or figure of speech no one usually takes literally. It’s especially rich when it’s someone who’s known me over a long span of time. […]

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