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cauliflower/ potatoes/ soup

Potato and Cauliflower Chowder

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, clam chowder was inevitably a part of my childhood. The hot, salty broth, the soft, milky potatoes, and the chewy clams were heaven in a bread bowl. This vegetarian chowder has all the comforting goodness of the clam chowder of my youth, but it is quick and easy and also delivers a hefty dose of veg. That makes for a winning recipe in my book.


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meal plans

Meal Plan #83

Vero” is not only the name of my college roommate, but it is also the name of the newest social app in town! I can’t help but think Vero will end up like Vine or Periscope in that will only be useful as long as it takes Instagram to catch on to the new features, but until then, it is fun to try something new. Who knows, maybe Vero is the next Instagram! For now it seems a lot like a My Space throwback to me in that it is easy to share music, links, and basically anything else you want without the confines of IG and the exhaustion of FB. I’ve shared some renaissance music from my CD I recorded a few years ago as well as some modern music from a project I did with an artist for the 2017 Venice Biennale (though I’m still struggling to get their server to post the second one . . . their servers are apparently overloaded at the moment . . . ) Once I figure it out I’ll share more food related content as well. Continue Reading…

meal plans

Meal Plan #82

 

I have struggled for many years to feel grounded and at peace with my life. I constantly question decisions I’ve made and I worry every day that I am not living up to my potential. These fears and general self doubt have been a source of serious anxiety in my life and I am exhausted by worries that I don’t have enough, that I don’t do enough, that I am not enough. And then another tragedy makes the news and everything seems so grim.  Continue Reading…

baking

Brown Butter or Beurre Noisette

By: Kate Davies

The first time I had a financier in a French bakery, I was smitten. The petite butter and almond cakes had such purity and richness, a lovely chewy texture and just the right amount of sweetness. The magical flavor component in these little beauties is the brown butter, or beurre noisette (also used to make madeleines).

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meal plans

Meal Plan #80

Meal Planning Challenge!!

I am challenging you all to meal plan for the entire month of February. Whether that is planning for all seven days each week, or simply two or three days per week, it is up to you; I just want you to commit to doing it! Meal planning will help you and your family eat better foods, eat out less (saving you money!), and helps make evenings less stressful. I have been a weekly meal planner for the last five years, and I am convinced that once you try it, you’ll love it.♡ Continue Reading…

brussels sprouts/ mushroom/ potatoes

Mushroom Bourguignon with Brussel Sprout Mash

I saw a recipe for mushroom bourguignon on my “Hungermama Meal Planning” Facebook group and knew I had to give it a go. We are big fans of beef bourguignon around our house and this vegetarian version was the first one I had seen that worth a try.

The original recipe was a bit too fussy for my (lazy) tastes, so I did what I could to simplify things. I also added more veg via the brussel sprouts in the mash. The most time consuming bit is washing and cutting all the mushrooms, but if you’re really pressed for time, you can always buy them chopped! (Or just have the kids do it earlier in the week when they are bored.) Continue Reading…

meal plans

Meal Plan #79

I decided last week to cut out alcohol and sugar for the remainder of January. I did lots of over indulging in December and cutting back this month has been a challenge, but it feels good to be doing it!

The alcohol has been more difficult than the sweets I have to say. Mostly, I am missing my glass of wine in the evenings. There is really no decent replacement for that. I have been drinking sparkling water with a splash of juice in it instead. While it tastes nice enough (and is keeping me hydrated!), I definitely prefer a big, fruity glass of red wine on a rainy evening. Continue Reading…

lentils/ soup

Coconut Lentil Soup

Big news for The Hungerfords this week: our applications for British citizenship were approved. When Jason told me I nearly started to cry. Not out of excitement or sadness, but I’m pretty sure it was just pure anxiety. Our swearing in ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. That is just a handful of days from today.

I have incredibly mixed feelings about becoming British and for a while I considered not doing it at all. What hit me when I found out that we were imminently becoming British citizens is that it just seems so unfair that we even get the choice at all. I think about the Syrian families desperate for a safe place to live. Families who would love to be given the choice between two (relatively) safe countries, and here I am feeling so conflicted about the luxury. It is pretty last minute, but I am considering having a happy hour soon to celebrate our new citizenship and simultaneously raise awareness (and money) for the refugee crisis our world is currently facing.

Gosh, that was a very serious introduction to this soup.

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