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Warm Winter Salad

January 31, 2016

I made this up in imitation of a delicious salad served at the wonderful Bandaloop in Kennebunkport, ME (yes, the name comes from Tom Robbins’ Jitterbug Perfume). I recommend a meal there if you’re in the neighborhood—good to make a reservation. Save room and walk down the street afterward to Rococo, for the best ice […]

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October 25, 2013

Cut vegetables…roots, alliums, Brussels sprouts, you name it. Similar sizes are good, larger for softer veg, smaller for the ones that take a while to cook. Ample olive oil, salt, herbs if you like. Potatoes and onions with sage, yum. Sweet potatoes with mustard seeds, lemon and garam masala. Etc. Toss. Roast in a slow […]

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enough to be happy

September 13, 2013

One of my favorite yoga teachers, Judith Hanson Lasater, says, “How you answer the question, ‘What is enough?’ will change your life.” In the more than a decade since those words passed from her lips to my ears, I’ve never stopped thinking about them. What is enough? Enough food, enough stuff, enough money, enough time. […]

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finally, in September

September 5, 2013

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the growing season

May 27, 2013

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On the way home (two delightful books for kids)

September 29, 2011

Flew from Portland to Portland with no sleep. I paused in Newark in between and saw all my pals from my first pass through—it was Saturday morning again—the 15-year-old Arab-American girl who told me why jobs in the airport are the best around, the nice guy who’d taken my photo with Betty Boop the week […]

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Recovery Soup

December 28, 2010

Leftover turkey or chicken carcasses, flu or just a bad cold, suffering from holiday excess and needing to rest the old digestive system—whatever your trouble, this soup is the solution. We seem to live on the stuff these days. Our version, influenced by Martha’s Indonesian-style chicken soup and Popsy’s variations on Martha’s soup, and tweaked […]

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins; story by Eric A. Kimmel, pictures by Trina Schart Hyman (1989)

December 3, 2010

On the third night of Hannukah I propose my favorite Hannukah tale, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. When Hershel of Ostropol’s steps lead him, on the first night of Hannukah, to a small snowy village, he is sure he will be greeted by crisp latkes and the gleam of candles burning in menorahs in a […]

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Planting garlic. Planting anything…

November 13, 2010

We planted the garlic today. As you can see from the photo, there’s not much to show for it—just some bare ground. Soon that ground will be frozen and covered with snow. In the spring the soil will emerge, still bare, and slowly green shoots will rise toward the warming sun. After a long time […]

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Kale saag—eat your greens, baby

October 26, 2010

An Indian supper (not to be confused with Indian summer) with my cousins this past weekend, and I wondered what I could make with the foods so abundant this time of year: apples, squash, kale, the last of the cherry tomatoes. I read many recipes for saag, the creamy spicy green mush served in Indian […]

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