Big-Love-Badass-Low-Carb Chocolate Cake xoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts … between exams, bizarre weather and political mayhem, it’s been a while since my last post.  But if anything could pull me out of hiding, it’s February 14th.  Say what you cynically may about commercially hyped holidays, I love Valentine’s Day.  I also happen to be working very hard to practice…

Hearty Split Pea Soup for a Snow Day

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone!  It’s been an interesting past week here in Portland.  This is a city that is not accustomed to snow, and it snowed.  Turns out SNOW=STANDSTILL.  The first week of winter term classes was a washout, and the exam for which I’d been so diligently preparing was cancelled on Friday…

Spicy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Okaaaay, it’s January!! New Year’s has always been a holiday I sort of wish would go away.  Celebrating a new year in the dead of winter, jammed right up after the Christmas revelry, just seems a recipe for exhaustion.  This year I managed to avoid the entire thing by getting extremely sick without warning  at…

Christmas Eve Rice Pudding

Greetings from Maine on the Solstice!  Time to light your candles and make some hearty, nourishing food for the soul on this darkest day, just before the light starts its return.  Years ago, I began making today’s recipe — rice pudding — for friends in an old Massachusetts farmhouse. There have been so many friends…

Gluten-free Biscochitos for the Feast Day of Guadalupe

Well, finals are in full swing, and it’s recently been a mess of snow/sleet/rain all mashed together here in Portland.  Everything I own seems to be slightly damp, and I’m not sure I remember what the sun looks like.  The good news is, I’m far enough along on the final paper I’m working on to…

Cranberry-Nut Muffins (Sugar & Grain-free!)

Oh, December … I can’t help feeling festive even if it brings final exams.  This is thanks to my mother, who was the ultimate creator of magic at Christmas.  Her Swedish and Norwegian heritage fit right in with the snowy woods of Maine, where we needed light, warmth and merriment to fortify us for the…

Three Sisters Green Chile Stew

Just returned from a week in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, and my second home, which I miss often here in the wonderful but soggy Northwest.  It was soooo lovely to have a few days of dear friends, cold, crisp high desert air, breathtaking snow on the mountains, and the most incredible skies, which…

BEST EVER Paleo Pumpkin Pie

I once thought I hated pumpkin pie.  That was until I tasted one made from scratch rather than canned filling.  Wow!  It was a total revelation.  I think I ate a LOT of that pie.  For the past two decades or so, I’ve been working on a pie filling that minimizes sugar and maximizes that…

The Lentils that Saved Thanksgiving

Well, my friends, it’s been quite a week to say the very least. I think I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for simpler days. It feels like a good time for some grounding ballast in the food department too.  Fortunately, one need look no further than the modest yet stalwart lentil.  Anyone remember good ole Lentil…

Comfort Me with Brussels Sprouts (and Bacon!)

Along with their Brassica family cousin, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts have got to be one of the most maligned vegetables in the Western world.  The image of a greyish, boiled-to-death, Dickensian Brussels Sprout seems to conjure up everything we think we hate about vegetables … But wait!!  When you come right down to it … these…

Warm-the-Middle Carrot & Ginger Soup!

Recently at school, we’ve been learning about the importance of warming the CENTER.  According to Chinese medical theory, the torso and abdomen are divided into three sections, which have no counterpart in Western medicine — the upper, middle, and lower burners (jiao).  The Spleen & Stomach (which are NOT the same as Spleen & Stomach…

Marvelous Mushrooms & Kasha

Back in the wild and wooly days of childhood in Maine, my mother had a regular weekly cycle of hot cereal with which she fortified us prior to heading out the door for the mile long trek through the snow that was the first leg of our daily trip to school.  Oatmeal, wheat berries, rice…