Sublime Pears for Winter Lungs

Oh, the humble pear … not flashy like a pineapple or exotic like a pomegranate … not quite a staple like the apple either.  Their flavor is mild and unassuming, asking us to pair them with something strong and bold.  Perhaps because of their position in the background, pears shine ever so brightly, when given…

Simple & Perfect, Beautiful Beets

This was not the post I had planned for this week.  But then, this was not the week I had planned either.  It was a week of lessons about letting go of things.  Those lessons seemed to come from all sides.  And at the center of it all was my mother’s admission to the hospital…

Sunny & Warm Salad for Dark Days

How’s it looking where you are these days?  Is it cold?  Gray?  Rainy?  Snowy?  Is there slush involved?  If you answered yes to any of the above, chances are this week’s recipe is just what you need.  Most of us crave oranges and other citrus fruits in the winter.  There’s good reason for this beyond…

Honest-to-Goodness Masala Chai

It’s January, and who doesn’t need a little boost wherever they can find it? I spent last weekend in a school retreat, studying qi gong, an ancient system of energy movement that’s a bit like yoga and is part of our Chinese medicine curriculum.  Now my apartment is a mess, I’m behind on homework already,…

Fast & Easy Coconut Curry for a Snowy Day

Okay, everyone, it’s 2016!  I had a whole bunch of recipes I wanted to share over the holidays, but between traveling to be with family & friends in Maine and New Mexico (with twenty fabulous hours stuck in the Dallas airport in between) I just plain didn’t have time.  Now I’m back in Portland, where…