How to Cook Dried Beans

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November usually means Thanksgiving countdowns and elaborate holiday recipes — which are totally forthcoming! However, in between plotting complicated multi-course meals and how to cram pumpkin into one more dish, I wanted to get back to basics. Beans. I love me some beans. I like to make a big batch and use some right away, […]

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15 Ways to Feel Better in 5 Minutes or Less

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Need a pick-me-up? So often we think of self-care as a luxury or indulgence, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking care of yourself can mean physical activity, focused time, or simply tying up a loose end or nagging thought that drains energy when you don’t address it. Here are a range of ideas to […]

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The Kitchen Reader: An Everlasting Meal

The October Selection for The Kitchen Reader book club was An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler, chosen by our fearless leader, Sarah of Simply Cooked. It’s been far too long since I’ve participated in our book club, but I’m so glad that Sarah encouraged me to pick this book up. […]

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Chinese-Style Eggplant

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I know I should probably be writing about pumpkin (and I have one on my counter, waiting to be roasted), but with such a hot fall, the vestiges of summer are still with us and shouldn’t be ignored. Last weekend, a group of us went to my CSA farm for a tour. We each got […]

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Friday Finds 10.26.12

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It’s been a good long while since I’ve done a round-up, so here are some things I’ve been reading this week. I love the weekly challenges Joanna’s been doing over at Cup of Jo. People often ask me what I think of dairy. I eat much less than I used to, and you don’t need […]

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Homemade Double Chocolate Grain-Free Power Bars

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The two writing projects I have right now are this blog post (about chocolate snacks) and my newsletter for tomorrow (about non-food rewards). The ironic juxtaposition of the two topics is not lost on me. But neither is chocolate. So if you want to read about ways to improve your life, sign up for the […]

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Why Does It Seem So Hard to Make Dietary Changes?

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Whether you’ve taken the October Unprocessed pledge along with more than 6,000 other people, or you want to lose weight or have more energy, making dietary changes can seem daunting. I say it’s easier than you think – and it’s your own thoughts keeping you stuck. Want to know what you can do about it? […]

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Vegetarian Spanish Potato Tortilla with Romesco Sauce

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After finding out I was pregnant in June, I realized I wouldn’t be able to fly home for Christmas – my favorite family time of the year. To (over)compensate, I’ve been on a bit of a travel binge. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have tracked some of my adventures. Also […]

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Cuban Black Bean Stew

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I admit: I’m a bit obsessed with black beans. I buy, cook, and eat them in large amounts. As in 10 pounds purchased at a time. But that’s a post for another day. They’re high in iron, fiber, protein, and delicious to boot. What’s not to love? Much like my Kale Olive Oil Garlic Mashed […]

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Kale Olive Oil Garlic Mashed Potatoes for International Kale Day

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There’s Bad Poetry Day, there’s Toasted Marshmallow Day, there are several versions of Pancake Day, but no Kale Day. While discussing the October Unprocessed Challenge on Twitter a while back, the lack of Kale Day was noted – and remedied. Welcome to October 10, International Kale Day! What’s not to love? Kale is not only […]

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