Notes & Stories: Short Attention Span

Here’s my goal for this newsletter: Mention coronavirus as little as possible. I’m sure you’re all reading the news, maybe (but probably not) as often as I am, and we all know what’s going on. I’ll try to keep this issue light, distracting, and personal—so I can trick my brain into moving away from its usual heavy, obsessive (I check a lot of maps), and … Continue reading Notes & Stories: Short Attention Span

Tuesday Dinner: Potato-Leek Soup (with all Leek’s friends)

24 March 2020 Potato-Leek (and all Leek’s friends) • Mixed Lettuces with Edible Flowers and Lemon-Fennel Dressing • Levain Rolls • Orange-Almond Biscotti Well, we made it through the first week. I had a couple of bad days over the weekend, with my worry levels through the roof, but I’m back on an even keel today, thank goodness. How about you all? I hope you’re … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Potato-Leek Soup (with all Leek’s friends)

Tuesday Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned Beef & Cabbage • Romaine & Brussels Sprouts with Oranges and Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette • Buttermilk Levain with Dried Fruit • Irish Coffee Cookies We’ve got a St. Patrick’s Day menu a week early! I should have realized that March 17th falls on a Tuesday this year; if I had checked the calendar, we would have been eating corned beef and cabbage on the … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Tuesday Dinner: Spinach & Cauliflower with Indian Spices

Spinach & Cauliflower with Indian Spices • Romaine with Radishes, Cucumbers, and Sesame-Lemon Dressing • Flatbread • Sesame-Wheat Sablées Here’s a side effect that happens after making soup for forty-plus people every week for eight years: quite frequently, when I eat something new that I like, I think “wow, that would make a great soup.”  Last week I made some vegan saag paneer, with tofu … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Spinach & Cauliflower with Indian Spices

Tuesday Dinner: Asparagus & Chickpea Soup

Asparagus & Chickpea • Romaine with Celery, Walnuts, and Garlic-Anchovy Dressing • Barley Levain • Lemon Cream Cake We went away for a few days last week and came home to a house that was only forty-eight degrees. Brrr! That’s what happens after five days without a fire in the pellet stove, and you live on the shady side of the street; it’s winter over … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Asparagus & Chickpea Soup

Tuesday Dinner: Valentine’s Day Borscht

Valentine’s Day Borscht with Dilled Sour Cream • Romaine with Grapefruit & Radishes • Dark Rye Rolls • Bittersweet Brownies I know there are many borscht lovers among us, but there’s one very enthusiastic person who has been counting down the “days until borscht” since last August. It’s Valentine’s Day on Friday, which means that borscht-day has finally arrived. Hooray! Love and pink soup, what … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Valentine’s Day Borscht

Tuesday Dinner: Yellow Curry with Tofu

Yellow Curry with Tofu & Brown Rice • Vegetable & Fruit Slaw • Sesame Levain Rolls • Cheesecake I got Tony Bourdain’s cookbook from the library this week. He’s got a recipe in there for “fake-ass spicy peanut sauce.” Today’s soup is kinda “fake-ass,” but it also tastes really good, even though authenticity has flown out the window. It’s not too far off, though—normally, this … Continue reading Tuesday Dinner: Yellow Curry with Tofu