Waste Not: Chickpea Juice for Dessert

During this strange, strange time in our collective history, one smart way to make each shopping trip stretch just a little bit longer is to reroute some previously discarded food scraps into future meals. You know, like turning your once-wasted kale stems into pesto or pickles. Or saving your carrot peelings and onion skins inContinue reading “Waste Not: Chickpea Juice for Dessert”

We’re All in a Pickle Here

If I learned anything last year, it’s that people LOVE to ask pregnant women what they’re craving. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give the people what they wanted for I wasn’t really craving anything at all. It was actually the opposite: I’d suddenly developed a severe aversion to all vegetables. “That’s such a strange coincidence,” my cousinContinue reading “We’re All in a Pickle Here”

Oh, Farro Farro

Nearly everything these days makes me feel positively ancient: Re-listening to Rent and siding with Benny. The unfair degree of hangover now induced by two glasses of wine. Spotify putting the Dawson’s Creek theme song on a Good Times, Great Oldies playlist. Realizing some of my co-workers are literally 30 years younger than me. ButContinue reading “Oh, Farro Farro”

Celery? More Like Hellery

I try not to get political on this blog, so I’ll leave her position on the minimum wage, carbon emissions and whether or not The Lion King is `gay propaganda’ out of here. But regardless of your personal leanings, I think we can all agree former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has the most controversial and offensiveContinue reading “Celery? More Like Hellery”

The Incredible, Edible Egg Substitute

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the older I get, the more affinity I find with Disney villains. Like Scar, I have less patience for idiots. Like Shan-Yu, I’ve conquered Mongolia. Like Cruella, I like to be covered in dog fur. But the bad guy whose characteristics I’ve most embodied isn’t Hook (though I alsoContinue reading “The Incredible, Edible Egg Substitute”

Carrots: Part II

No to toot my own horn, but I feel I’ve written a handful of moving and memorable blog posts these past five years. There was the August 2013 entry about embracing change. The October 2016 one on street harassment. The inaugural post in January 2012 that started it all. But for all the thousands of wordsContinue reading “Carrots: Part II”

Chicken Broth, Part Deux

Congratulations! You’ve now made your own chicken stock! (That is, assuming you treat my blog like a life coach and did exactly what I suggested in last week’s post. And if you DO do everything I recommend in my blog, you should probably rethink your life choices… and return that golden doodle you stole.) ButContinue reading “Chicken Broth, Part Deux”

Taking Stock (Well, Making Stock)

Anyone can make something from something. It’s making something from nothing that really impresses me. That, and octopuses that can unscrew themselves from the inside of jars. You gotta admit that’s impressive, even with the eight-leg advantage. When I say making something from nothing, I’m not talking about Kardashian careers or some dubious reporting onContinue reading “Taking Stock (Well, Making Stock)”

Digging Deep: How to Use Up Ten Million Carrots

Summer 2014 brought a lot of new things. Ben and I moved in together. A pope visited Asia for the first time in 25 years. My poor niece was forced to take the Ice Bucket Challenge against her will.  But that summer also opened my eyes to something significant culinarily: the brilliance of the carrot.Continue reading “Digging Deep: How to Use Up Ten Million Carrots”