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Showing posts from January, 2015

Super-Fun Angry Aggressive Unsatisfied Land! (Adult Language)

Anyone who works in customer service has come across this one particular breed of individual who doesn’t seem to be made happy by anything on earth. I swear, in the past, I have worked with human beings who would not have been satisfied if I had stabbed myself repeatedly as penance for their entirely irrational disgruntlement.
I was once accused of being racist by a customer in my flower shop, because although we carried candles with little pink-skinned pilgrims, we did not have any with little African American pilgrims on them. Mull that over for a sec before the obtuse irony hits you.
I have decided that this variety of homo sapiens is an untapped market that is in dire need of exploitation, especially after the way that they have been torturing all of us for all of these years.
There is one glaring reality that I believe holds true for each and every one of them. They are bored as hell, and they all need something to goddamned do. If they did not have gobs and gobs of free time on…

Brown Rice Spaghetti with Broccoli and Brown Butter Sauce

It is easy. It is healthy. It is delicious, and it is a good way to get the kids to eat broccoli, even if you have to blindfold them. This recipe is gluten free, vegetarian, and follows the guidelines of the type O diet. For type O avoid the parmesan cheese.
1 - 16 oz. package brown rice spaghetti 1 bunch fresh broccoli – cleaned – cut into one inch pieces 1 stick salted butter ¼ c. olive oil 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. coriander salt to taste parmesan or crumbled feta cheese

In a medium sized pan, bring about six cups of salted water to a boil. Remove the water from the heat, add the broccoli, and stir the broccoli in the water for one minute before draining the broccoli in a colander. Set the broccoli aside to cool.
In a small pan, heat the melted butter over medium heat until it begins to boil rapidly and increase in volume. Lift the pan from the heat and stir the butter gently until it stops bubbling. Place the butter back on the heat and repeat three or four times, until the but…

Tuna Cakes

This is a recipe that I decided to put together using the ingredients that I normally employ to make crab cakes. I was delighted to discover that the same method creates absolutely delicious tuna cakes as well. In this recipe, I use chunk light skipjack tuna. I choose this variety consistently because the tuna is species specific, dolphin safe, and free school caught. It is also absolutely delicious tuna.
2-7oz cans of tuna - well drained 5 mini bell peppers – cleaned – seeded – diced 3 scallions – well rinsed – thinly sliced 2 eggs 1 c. mayonnaise 1 tbsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper ½ to 1c. garbanzo bean flour 2 tbsp. olive oil

After the tuna has been well drained, combine it with all of the other ingredients, excluding the flour and the olive oil, in a medium sized mixing bowl. Cover the mixture, and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for two to twenty-four hours.
When the mixture is removed from the fridge, drain off any excess liquid that has appeared in the bowl. Add …

Thank You Mom And Dad

I remind parents regularly that nothing affects our children as strongly as the way that they observe us living our lives. I didn’t have perfect parents, and I don’t believe that anyone does, but I did have really great ones. I wanted to point out a few of the seemingly small choices that they made in my childhood that had a profound impact on me, and helped to make me the person that I am today.
*Thank you for loving food; for cooking at home, for teaching me how to cook, and for having a deep and abiding respect for food culture.
*Thank you for being readers. I am sure that I was read to often as a child, but it is not something that I remember. What I do remember is that both of my parents often had reading materials in their hand. I remember going to the library and checking out books together.
*Thank you for encouraging travel. My parents loved to go to new places and see new things. They were brave enough to send me to France when I was fifteen, and it had an overwhelming impac…

Present Parenting: Trade This For That

There are simple activities that we get in the habit of enjoying with our kids that simply do not generate the same level of engagement as others do. I noticed this last night when my husband and I were discussing our days and we were shushed by the children because they wanted us to pay attention to a segment of a show they had pulled up on Netflix: this is not good. Here are some ideas for letting go of old activities in favor of more interactive ones.
Trade: Going out to dinner together for…
Cooking At Home. This can even be expanded into looking for a recipe online together, shopping for the food, and then cooking and eating together, depending on the time that you have available.
Trade: Going out to a movie together for…
Taking A Hike. For people living in more urban areas it is great fun just to take a walk in the city. We spent almost our entire vacation out in Portland Oregon this summer walking around and exploring the town. Walking together provides lots of time for convers…

Ten Resolutions To Make For Your Kids This Year

We all hear over and over again that our kids are learning by example. Although we know that this is true, while battling through the chaos that is parenting, it is easy to backslide on our ideals. Here are twenty simple goals that each of us can make to help create a more positive, progressive, supportive environment in which we can set a healthy example for our children in the coming year.
1.Stop putting yourself down! Of course, the goal is for us not to do this in front of our kids, but ultimately, if we learn not to do it to ourselves at all, we will not slip up and do it in their presence. Even a child catching us in the bathroom, frowning at the scale or at our image in the mirror can set an example for them to be more self-critical. If we think highly of our own selves, and place greater value upon what is on the inside instead of what we see on the outside, our kids will follow suit. 2.Don’t tell lies. I know that this can be particularly hard for people who have grown up in s…