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Princess and the Peas

Princess and the Peas

Sunday, January 20, 2013 No Comments

This is difficult to admit, so I am just going to say it. I am a real princess. Not a diva, but a princess. I don’t have a royal pedigree, at least as far as I know, but it doesn’t matter. If you put a single, diminutive green pea under a stack of 20 mattresses […]

Category: soups, vegan

Sesame Mirin Brussel Sprouts

Sesame Mirin Brussel Sprouts

Saturday, March 31, 2012 4 Comments

CROSS-CULTURAL CABBAGE PATCH KIDS My sister and I both had Cabbage Patch kids when we were girls. Hers was named Carolyn Tay, and I remember straw blonde hair topped her soft head and blue eyes pierced her round face. And though I loved my doll, I don’t remember her well. She may have had brown […]

A Thanksgiving Riddle

A Thanksgiving Riddle

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 No Comments

What is more luscious than a dark chocolate truffle at the end of a decadent meal? What is cozier than snuggling by a glowing fire while wrapped in a soft, woolen blanket? What is more unexpected than breakdancers on the Champs-Elysées? What I am thankful for this holiday season? Answer: Safari the Cat This soup […]

Rushing

Rushing

Sunday, July 31, 2011 No Comments

I made a commitment to post once a month. A story and a recipe should not be so difficult to complete. Yet, here I am on the last day of the month, with a few hours before August. Although I love to cook and write, sometimes neither come easily. Fortunately, this potato salad will ensure […]

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Category: sides, vegan

Soup in the Summer

Soup in the Summer

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1 Comment

It is good to prepared. I remember my sister and I having to make earthquake kits. My parents took us to Fedco with our school’s earthquake kit checklist in hand. There were some required items (thermal Mylar emergency blanket) and some room for creativity (canned Vienna sausages or tuna fish). We walked down those packed-isles, […]

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Category: soups, vegan

A Linear Scramble

A Linear Scramble

Thursday, May 19, 2011 2 Comments

Time is linear: minutes pass and the future keeps coming. But food is a random thing, at least for me. My taste buds are fickle. One day, I am enamored by broccoli rabe and can eat it for days on end. Then I am exhausted and need a break. I forget about it until the […]

To Be v. To Have Bean

To Be v. To Have Bean

Monday, January 31, 2011 1 Comment

A few hours into the trip, it dawned on me that the back of the bus was reserved for the non-Turks. I found myself in the company of three Indonesian men on their way to a chemistry conference in Antalya. My reason for being on the bus was more ambiguous and definitely less noble. I […]

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Category: main dishes, vegan

First Dish

First Dish

Sunday, December 5, 2010 1 Comment

When do you decide to really move in to a new home? The furniture has already been placed in the spots you think you want it. There are sheets on the bed, so you can sleep despite the chaos. But there are still boxes everywhere, and you just dig out what you want on an […]

A Pound of Spice, A Pinch of Air

A Pound of Spice, A Pinch of Air

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2 Comments

A few years back, I read a recipe that called for ancho chile powder. Whereas most chile powders are spicy or smoky, the ancho offers a subtle sweetness. The author described its flavor with such enthusiasm that I wanted some. Immediately. But none of the stores I normally go to stocked it. I looked online, […]

Planting the seed

Planting the seed

Sunday, October 24, 2010 No Comments

Despite not being part of their vernacular, my parents understood the spirit of American holidays. They may not have had long-standing traditions to draw from, but they knew that the holidays were a time to spend time with family, participate in some physical ritual, like carve a pumpkin or hunt for eggs, and of course, […]

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