Spicy Black-Eyed Peas with Greens

Having never cooked turnip greens before, I wasn’t sure what to do with them when I received a large bunch of it in my CSA box last week. My mind turned toward the American South where eating turnip greens is a favorite in many homes. I had about a cup of dried black-eyed peas in a jar… Read More

A Terrarium Workshop Birthday Party

Okay friends, settle in. This post is a little longer than usual. I wasn’t planning on having a birthday party for my son until he turned about five or six years old, a time I thought he’d either care to have a party and/or would likely remember it. I changed my mind for his recent third birthday and held… Read More

A Global Twist on a Southern Tradition: Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold — An old Southern saying In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread on New Year’s Day is said to bring prosperity—luck and wealth—in the new year. There are several legends as to the origin of this custom, but the tradition in the… Read More

Liberation Soup (Soup Joumou)

Each year Haitian households celebrate their country’s independence on January 1st, the anniversary of Haiti’s Liberation from France, with a traditional soup called soup joumou. During France’s rule of Haiti, the soup was considered a delicacy and forbidden to the slaves. Since Independence in 1804, Haitians have enjoyed this comforting soup as a historical tribute to… Read More

Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way Giveaway

A must-read for living happier! —Dr. Oz. Learn the Secrets from the World’s Happiest People What makes us authentically happy? Apparently it’s not wealth, youth, beauty, or awards, says Dan Buettner, longevity expert and author of The New York Times bestseller, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. In… Read More

Teff and Buckwheat Porridge with Cashew milk

Let’s talk nut milk. In the past I’ve often used store bought nut and seed milks (almond, hazelnut and hemp), but now, I prefer to make my own when time allows. I’ve found it more satisfying to make it myself as I can adjust the sweetness, creaminess and flavor to suite my own tastes and… Read More