Pumpkin Lentil Soup

Gah! I made this soup tonight and had to write down the recipe as soon as I finished eating it so that I don’t forget. This soup is so good. I had a bumper crop of pie pumpkins in my garden this year (see my harvest in the picture), so I have lots of pumpkin [...]

Veggie Sausage and White Bean Stew

Sara is working on the research for her PhD dissertation. It’s a grueling process that so far has been full of much excitement and some major lows. At times, it seems like this study is taking over our house.  I’m glad that I can at the very least be a support for her during this [...]

CSA Week 2: Stinging Nettles

I am very seldom daunted by food. That said, when Sara picked me up from my volunteer gig a couple weeks ago complaining that her hand hurt from handling the nettles in our CSA box, I was concerned. She was ready to chuck the whole bunch, but I couldn’t let them go. I got out [...]

Weekly Food: Black Bean Chilaquiles and White Bean & Swiss Chard Soup

Last week was all about beans. I usually try to think of two very different dishes each week so that we have some variety for our taste buds. Sometimes this works better than others. Sometimes (like last week), I manage to get very different flavors with similar ingredients. I probably wouldn’t do a bean-bean pairing [...]

Weekly Food: Lemon Lentil Spinach Soup and Wild Rice Salad

I don’t come from a touchy-feely sort of family, but last week I felt compelled (in the midst of peeling butternut squash and juicing lemons) to call my mother to thank her for cooking healthy meals for us while I was growing up. The impetus: An MPR story on childhood obesity. I realize now what [...]

Weekly Food: Hot & Sour Soup and Mushroom Barley Pie

Back when Sara and I started school and found ourselves either rushing off to class or hunkering down with homework every night, we worked out a system to make sure that we still had some good meals on hand for lunch and dinner: Every Sunday, we cook two giant meals that we package up to [...]