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

Wheat Berries and Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

A significant amount of clutter in our homes could be eliminated simply by being more mindful in the present. ~ Erin Dolan, of the blog Unclutterer I hate clutter. It wears me down and makes me feel like I need fresh air, or a long nap. I’m not meticulously neat, but I love clutter-free spaces—organized… Read More

Hearty Kale and Kabocha Salad with Farro and Apple

We normally think of greens, like kale, as cooking vegetables, but they also make excellent fresh salads. In the fall and winter, it’s nice to pair greens with hearty and hardy ingredients like squash, grains, fruit, nuts and seeds. In this delicious and simple salad chock full of flavorful and nutritious ingredients, thin strips of kale… Read More

Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

Apparently, beginning at around the age of two, children suddenly express very strong opinions about food. They also can be a bit quirky about it, insisting on having the same food at every meal—for weeks—and then suddenly refuse to eat it, only wanting something else as their “new favorite”. My son, aged two, is going… Read More

Quinoa-Polenta Cake with Fava Beans, Peas and Basil-Cilantro Purée

It’s early in the morning and everyone is still asleep at my home. I’m up early, sipping tea from a small gourd filled with yerba mate, a South American beverage that I’ll have to write about some time in another post. Now, it’s time to focus and seize this opportunity—quiet time for me to write and share… Read More