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Is it gratifying to cook Coconut Oats?

March 30, 2012


Some people love to cook. It is their go-to task, the thing they do to relax, the thing that brings them real joy at the  end of the day.  Trying to discover the source of that inherent, “joy of cooking” is one of the goals I had in mind as I began to explore the psychology of […]

Is eating #Unprocessed a privileged choice?

October 12, 2011


Yes, I think it is privilege. I have access to quality, whole food ingredients. I have access to a kitchen of my own in which to cook. I have acess to knowledge about making healthy eating choices. These are all advantages that enable to me to succeed in the challenge of eating #Unprocessed for the month of October. At […]

Would you wait for a Fig and Date Salad?

September 20, 2011


I waited and waited all Summer long for that tree in our backyard to yield some sweet, plump little figs. They are finally here, just as Fall starts to set in. Today is gray and rainy, with an electrifying chill in the air. It feels dramatic, this change of the seasons. Experiencing such a shift […]

Will I be outlawed for making Apple Bundt Cake in August?

August 15, 2011


Let me set the scene. It was a cold, dark, rainy night. And in the kitchen, I was baking… (Cue ominous music) Au – tumn – tumn – tumn – tumn – tumnnnnnn… Did you hear that? Yes, that’s right. Yesterday’s dreary weather (all day rain in New York) was a portentous reminder that soon, the seasons are going to […]

How do I describe how it feels to enjoy Grilled Fish with guests?

July 27, 2011


I want to try to describe the emotions that accompanied me as as I was preparing dinner tonight, but finding a fitting description is somewhat tricky. Because I realized, with some surprise, that though I was calmly and efficiently moving from slicing veggies to boiling potatoes to putting fish on the grill, I was sort of shaking […]

Can I justify this as a rainy night Roast Chicken?

July 18, 2011


I started trying to think up justifications for this roast chicken at about minute thirty-seven of its roasting time. It is the middle of July. Why did I want to turn up the oven to 450 degrees again? Well, it was raining… for like 4 minutes, but the prediction of scattered thunderstorms could have meant anything! […]

Why am I not tap dancing my way into the kitchen to make this Olive Tapenade?

July 16, 2011


Instead of tap dancing, I have been dragging my feet to the kitchen lately. I get home from work, and I just balk at the idea of starting in on kitchen work right away.  Then I thought to myself the other day, why do I think of it as work, a chore, a job? It’s a poor […]