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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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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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Red Quinoa-Brown Rice-Lentil Stuffed Squash (Gluten-Free)

November 25, 2013

Once upon a time, there was an unassuming whole food vegan (gluten-free) one-pot meal on my stove nearly every week. Like my Bright Yellow Spit Pea and Rice Pilaf, it had just 5 ingredients (6 if you count the cooking water). When it comes off the flame, it looks like this: After a half hour […]

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Slow Miracle Red Lentil and Delicata Squash Stew

October 28, 2013

I have a confession to make.  Since the opening of the Plein Air art exhibit, I have had a recurring cold. I’ve spent the days during the week before my adventures in southern Idaho, and the days after my return from it before my poetry reading dealing with the return of a virus that doesn’t […]

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Re-Spiralize Yourself

June 12, 2013

I know eating a Whole Foods Plant-Based diet is serious life-saving business, but I can’t pass up an opportunity to play with my food. In fact, I’d say that’s how I’ve succeeded at eating this way for so long. I play with the colors, the textures, the flavors, the smells, as if my food were […]

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Midwinter Soy Free Miso Soup: My New Favorite

January 31, 2013

  Deep in Midwinter, I remember Summers. Among those memories are wonderful visits with a long time dear friend from California, back when our children were younger. The summer Mike was 12, she came to visit with her first born, a beautiful, intelligent two year old, startlingly articulate for her age (but no surprise, since […]

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink Broth

December 5, 2012

If I’m going to make a pot of soup like I described in the previous post, I always like to deepen the flavor a little bit by adding broth instead of water. But packaged broth can be expensive, and have too much sodium for me, or even hidden oils. . Over the years I’ve read […]

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Pumpkin Pie in the Free World

November 18, 2012

(The fat free, gluten free, soy free world, that is.) The first Thanksgiving after my diagnosis of MS, back in 1996, I was well into a gluten free mostly dairy free and low fat way of eating, based on ELISA tests I had taken through a naturopath nine months earlier. As of yet, I had […]

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Life Beyond Chocolate

November 13, 2012

Most people following or learning to follow a healthy vegan or plant-based diet are relieved to discover that a little cocoa powder here and there is allowed, and can add depth and richness to healthy foods.  The recent surge of enthusiastic and joyful comments on Susan’s post, Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate is compelling evidence for this […]

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The Reincarnation of My Jack-o-Lantern

November 10, 2012

“In this room with two navels, Somebody wants to be born again.” –from “Saint Pumpkin” by Nancy Willard           Thank you, Saint Pumpkin, for lighting the way, and being so delicious.   Maria    

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