Tuesday Dinner: Winter Squash with Red Curry

Winter Squash with Red Curry • Cabbage Slaw with Tangy Miso Dressing • Levain Rolls • Pineapple Icebox Cake I usually make this soup sometime in November, right around Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year for winter squash soups, and—although I just put a turkey into a brine full of sage, thyme, and garlic—it’s nice to have an alternative from the conventionally traditional flavors of … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Winter Squash with Red Curry

Tuesday Dinner: Double Lentil with Romesco

The power’s going out again, huh? There are going to be some very upset people in my house if the Fairfax theater is dark on Friday night. It’s the opening night of Frozen II, and we’ve already purchased our tickets. If PG&E does cut power, they sure as heck better get it back by Friday afternoon, or they’re going to have Poppy to answer to.  … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Double Lentil with Romesco

Notes & Stories: How Did I Get to Be This Old?

There’s an ad on the back of the United grocery bags right now, with the face of a frowning, confused, wrinkled woman wondering “How did I get to be this old?” Well, I don’t know, lady, but I’ve been wondering the same thing. There were a couple of significant anniversaries this week—it was thirty years ago that the Berlin Wall came down, fifty years ago … Continue reading Notes & Stories: How Did I Get to Be This Old?

Tuesday Dinner: Vegetable Soup with Lemon-Parsley Sauce

My sister Kelly called the other day, talking about leaving her kids here for a week or so this summer, while she and her husband go hiking with friends in Europe. I think that was in the back of my mind, as our soup today has a bit of a French slant. Instead of sage or rosemary, I chose to put thyme in the soup—a … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Vegetable Soup with Lemon-Parsley Sauce

Notes & Stories: Pockets of Joy

I’ve been thinking about happiness this week, about how it’s not something I have to achieve or something to strive for, but something I can (and should) find right now. Happiness doesn’t need to be a constant state of being, but can be found in little “pockets of joy,” as Jonathan Van Ness says. Too often, I catch myself thinking “life will be better when … Continue reading Notes & Stories: Pockets of Joy

Notes & Stories: Blackout

My favorite thing about blackouts is the total silence. (Why doesn’t anyone say “blackout” anymore? It’s so much more evocative than “power outage.”) There’s no refrigerator hum, no clicking whir from the wifi router, no stove fan, no buzz from dimmable bulbs. Also no meows coming from Minecraft kittens or dance music from a Bluetooth speaker. It’s so peaceful—and so rare. There’s nothing like a … Continue reading Notes & Stories: Blackout