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The $1 Family Meal

March 10, 2010

My husband is a great cook, and prepares most of our family meals. He’s not one of these food show followers who makes a different gourmet recipe every night of the week with the rare vegetables he picked up at the farmer’s market on his way home. He’s more of an intuitive cook. A guy [...]

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Serena vs. Nori

December 29, 2009

In the further adventures of Serena and food: we went to a friend’s house this evening where they were making sushi. We offered her some and she complained that it was stinky in her nose and turned her face away. She pretended to be shy, and demanded to be taken into another room and read [...]

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Security theater at the airport

October 30, 2009

I’m in Georgia for the weekend at a retreat. Everyone is cooking a meal: I volunteered to make lentil soup. Because I was unsure of the grocery shopping situation on this end, I brought the ingredients with me. Which led to this conversation with a TSA agent: Me: I have a can of tomatoes in [...]

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October 24, 2009

‘I think I feel a bit like going for a walk,’ Rio said because she totally talks like that. She is five going on Jane Austen. ‘Great!’ says I much less suavely, because I totally talk like I have not had a solid night of sleep in six years. It’s amazing the kids ever learned [...]

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Making carbon footprint part of a product’s packaging

October 23, 2009

Imagine having to face the climate impact of your greasy take-out as you place your order? Or seeing the carbon footprint of your cookies clearly labelled alongside the calorie count on the back of the package in the grocery aisle? The NYT this week reports on an experiment in Sweden doing exactly that. The Swedes [...]

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Rio’s Fried Apples For Friends

October 21, 2009

Rio came home today from picking up our farm share with an apple in her hand. “Mom!” she shouted. “I have an apple. My own apple from the farm. I am going to cut it up into small pieces and fry it and put cinnamon on it and we are going to eat it on [...]

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Happy Equinox, closing out the Gratitude Project

September 20, 2009

Today’s the Equinox, and the last official day of the Gratitude Project. As always after six weeks of honoring my blessings, I’m infused with gratitude for all the small wonders in my daily life. I don’t want to stop paying attention to them, or writing about them. But I’ll drop the daily practice of it, [...]

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Elimination update

September 11, 2009

I’m nearing the end of the first phase of the elimination diet: the one where I eat only “hypoallergenic” foods. Next comes the “challenge phase”, where I try eating the things I cut out one at a time and see if any of them make me sick. This first phase has been plenty challenging on [...]

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Elimination Diet

September 1, 2009

I started this elimination diet when we came home from Witchcamp. I’m a few days into it, and it sucks about as much as you’d expect. The goal is to explore the possibility that hidden food allergies are contributing to my chronic sinus infections and other low-grade-but-annoying health problems by cutting out everything I might [...]

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Good news, bad news

July 29, 2009

Good news: WIC is expanding their offerings to low-income Massachusetts families to include vegetables, eggs, cheese, rice and beans (among other things). What did they cover before? I shudder to think. But they seem to be allowing people to use their food vouchers to buy food now, so that’s all good. Bad news: Crazy firefighter [...]

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