Community Church Cookbooks…….

……show us a lot about the power of food to bring a community together. Someone had to collect the recipes, each named person wrote down and shared something from their table, someone typed the pages, someone organized the book, someone punched the holes, someone tied the yarn that bound the book….the book has recipes, scripture,…

Turkish Red Onion Salad

I want to remember this recipe because it was so light, bright and delicious. The recipe came from a Try the World Box. Remember it with me! The addition of Sumac made this otherwise plain Tilapia Fish Sandwich, Turkish. Although it was included in the box, you can get Sumac in any Middle Eastern or…

Yoga Poem – Lucky by Luis Jenkins

Here is a beautiful poem about gratitude for you — All my life I’ve been lucky. Not that I made money, or had a beautiful house or cars. But lucky to have had good friends, a wife who loves me, and a good son. Lucky that war and famine or disease did not come to…

Chef Alain Passard and l’Arpege Experience

How do I justify spending a small fortune for one evening?  Was the experience worth possibly hundreds of rescued books (my currency)? Yes. Yes, it was. Thankfully. Particularly when one takes into account the imaginative time of anticipation and the echoed time of appreciation. Our June 22nd dinner at l’Arpege began at least nine months…

5 Food Lessons from Paris in June

Despite the sin of blogging an event weeks later, here I am. To me, my summer travels are still fresh and worth reliving, even if just to extend the trip a bit longer. Here are five lessons I learned. 1. Pastries, desserts, macarons are experiences of contradiction. Light and airy yet decadent and buttery. Sweets…

Sheet Caking is a Grassroots Movement

Food is a collective coping strategy. Funny. Sad. True. Maybe cake is the answer. I want to yell into a cake now. Feels cathartic. But, is it okay to be a silent non-violent protester? How do we confront violence, fear, hate? With violence? With indifference? With cake? How do we react and do differently, instead…

Pasta to and from Paris – American Airlines

See any differences? Chicago to Paris Paris to Chicago I thought the shapes (bread, pasta, crackers), sauce quantity, herbs, salad components and of course packaging were different. Same meal, different directions. Makes me go……..hmmmmmm. There is a lot of discussion about airplane food. Here are a few links you might enjoy. http://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/a9148/airplane-food/ http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/unsavory-airplane-food-truths/index.html http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/food-and-drink/photos/airplane-food Image…

Wobblyogi Fall Schedule

Hot Vinyasa Join me for a steady, mindful, and warm practice that cultivates a calm heart despite sweat and effort. Let’s burn and detox from what no longer serves us. 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Tuesday and Thursday Community Yoga, West Lafayette, Indiana For more information and to register go to:  https://communityyogalafayette.com/ “tapah svadhyaya isvara…

Happy Birthday Refrigerator

We thought our refrigerator was getting old. It was humming, sweating and not cooling enough. One day my husband reached under and realized the filter hadn’t been cleaned perhaps…..ever! Once the thick collection of fuzzies was removed, our old fridge was vindicated and fine. It just needed some love and attention, and cleaning. Thank you…

Pierogi Fest 2017 – Second Visit

For parents of school age kids, like me, back to school marks the end of summer, even if days are still long and the weather warm. For us, school starts this Thursday. There is both sadness and relief. This Monday I find myself already looking back at summer. How does summer end for you? The…