Eating Well & Helping Others

Hi Everyone!  Just a quick reminder that I’m doing a fundraiser for Heifer International right now– and it’s almost over! Half of all proceeds from both my cookbook and Pruned: Blossoming Through Life’s Difficult Seasons  by August 21st will be donated to Heifer International.  This is such a fantastic organization, and I love the way […]

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Quick & Easy Plum Wine

If you could describe the essence of this summer for you, what would it look like?  For me this year, it’s drinking plum wine at the beach. We picked some wild plums last month, and quickly turned them into an easy wine.  And on every sunny evening available to us, we have been packing up […]

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Homebrewing, Recipes

Chocolate Black Beans with Oranges and Cinnamon

Have you had Chocolate Black Beans before?  If not, you are in for a big treat.  This is my favorite way to prepare black beans to go with Mexican or other Latin American food.  I enjoyed so much amazing Latin American food in Los Angeles, and I honestly can’t remember where I got the idea […]

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Recipes

A Sunday Ramble in Pin Mill

One of my favorite things about living in England is the ease of finding interesting, natural places to visit– and with great walking paths built in.  A place that my family goes back to again and again is Pin Mill.  Pin Mill is a hamlet on the banks of the River Orr, and has a […]

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Super Quick!)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again– warm weather makes me crave certain flavors.  And usually ones that I enjoyed while living in Los Angeles.  I have had a lot of hankerings for Mexican / Central American food lately.  I was thrilled to find tomatillos at the organic stand at our local market […]

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Recipes

Thai Grilled Chicken With Lemongrass, Basil and Lime

Which sorts of flavors do you crave when it’s hot out?  For me, it’s a tie between Central American and Southeast Asian.  And we’ve been alternating the two at our house lately.  Yesterday I had an intense craving for some pungent Asian flavors.  But I wanted something light– not like curry, but more reminiscent of […]

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Recipes

My Cookbook: And Here We Are At The Table

Hi everyone!  I’m so pleased and excited to announce that my cookbook is now here! It has been such a joy to put all of these recipes together for you, and to share so many stories and memories that go with them.  I hope that it will inspire many wonderful memories and meals in your […]

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Recipes

Our Garden + NEWS!

Hi there!  Quite a few people have been asking me lately for a peek at our garden. And this ties in quite nicely with two pieces of really nice news, so let’s do all of that at once! I took this picture of Amelia today.  We have struck a summertime bargain– one hour outside + […]

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Cooking

Hope for a Better Food System (and for the Planet)

Do you ever just feel really discouraged about all that’s happening in the world?  Something I think about a lot is the way we (as humans and particularly as Westerners) are producing our foods right now.  It’s disconnected.  It’s hurting our bodies, our communities, our ecosystems and affecting life on earth at every level.  It’s […]

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