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An “Impossible” Situation

It was a dark and stormy Wednesday, and I was all alone, working from home. Well – not exactly alone. My cats were somewhere, doing their mysterious little cat things, and my Jack Russell and my Jack Shit were causing mayhem in the kitchen. From the sound of things, they were getting into the recycle…. Read More ›

A Magic Vegan Bag … Or, How To (Sort Of) Enjoy Dining In Non-Veg-Friendly Restaurants

In a previous post I wrote about how I earned the nickname, “Mary Poppins.” (You can read the post here.) I was dining out with friends – and their friends – at an upscale, American-style restaurant with few vegan options. I made the best of my limited choices by bringing my own vegan condiments. My… Read More ›

The Mary Poppins Effect

I was not only my mother’s daughter; I was also my father’s sun, and he taught me the Boy Scout Motto: Be prepared. So when I dine out with coworkers or “acquaintances” at places I’m not too sure about, I don’t just do a little online menu research. I also take a big purse and… Read More ›

Strawberry Meal Salad

In my last post, I shared a “template” for what I call a Strawberry Dessert Salad. It’s a classic salad with berries, nuts, and sweet poppyseed dressing that I eat after a meal, as a healthy “dessert”. Or, on hot summer mornings I will sometimes eat it for breakfast. But what if you want something… Read More ›

Strawberry Dessert Salad or Breakfast Salad

Spring may have finally sprung in Charlotte! Only a few days after a freak April snowstorm, Charlotteans are running around in shorts and flip flops and blasting the air conditioning. I’m driving home in daylight, even when I work late. There are lots of baby birds and bunnies and … insects. Not to mention pollen!… Read More ›

Healing Pumpkin Curry Soup

  One item that should be on your annual Autumn bucket list … cook something with pumpkin! Most of us think of pumpkin as something sweet – pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte – or Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Rolls.  But pumpkin is actually a winter squash, and can be taken in a savory direction… Read More ›

Ghost Story: Tiger’s Last Tale

I’ve been sharing Tiger’s Tale with you over the past month. I wish there was some huge, dramatic way to end his story. Unfortunately, there isn’t. The “visitations” started a week or two after Tiger’s death, and lasted maybe 4-6 weeks. These were not everyday occurrences, and they certainly were not predictable. They happened just… Read More ›

Ghost Story, Part IV – A Little Night Music

So Prince Harry Pumpkin and Baby Maggie Firsee are careful cats. They don’t push or break things. They delicately walk around objects. Occasionally, Baby Maggie Firsee is clumsy – but if she has an accident, it’s clearly an accident, and she’s embarrassed by it. While Prince Harry Pumpkin – despite his size – is like a… Read More ›

Ghost Story – Part III – Brotherly Love

Our whole little home universe revolved around Tiger. Not that he was ever an alpha cat  – I think Prince Harry is actually the Alpha. But Tiger was just so freakishly loving and sweet, everyone (furry or non furry) let him do or have whatever he desired. Including the sweet spot in bed beside me… Read More ›

Palak Shorba (Indian Cream of Spinach Soup)

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves … We have had our Summer Evenings, now for October Eves!” – Humbert Wolf On my Autumn bucket list: Make soup! There is nothing more comforting as a bowl of hot soup on a chilly day. Ok, maybe a bowl of hot soup… Read More ›

Ghost Story, Part 2 – Things That Go BUMP The Night

Back when Tiger was younger, he loved to jump on top of tall things – like the refrigerator and bookshelves. And then knock as much stuff as he could down and watch it fall. Books. Vases. (Yeah, in retrospect he could be a little sh*t as a kitten.) Tiger especially enjoyed jumping on top of… Read More ›

Halloween Smoothies

“What do you give a ghost for breakfast? A BOOBERRY Smoothie, of course!” – Great Aunt Martha My Aunt Martha was always the pun-ny one in the family! She was also a very imaginative cook – especially when it came to making food for children. She understood the value of “playing with your food” and… Read More ›

Five Easy Baked Sweet Potato Variations (That Require Zero Cooking Skills)

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me; fluttering from the Autumn tree.” – Emily Bronte Ok, so yesterday I showed everyone how easy it is to cook luscious, inexpensive, healthy sweet potatoes in my post Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes. And today, I’m going to give you five easy ways to modify a basic sweet potato. The… Read More ›

Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

“You say witch like it’s a bad thing.” – Unknown So far this Autumn, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about pumpkins and pumpkin spice. However, there are other Autumn favorites that are on my Autumn bucket list as well – such as sweet potatoes! I was a late convert to sweet potatoes, because… Read More ›

Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Autumn Bucket List Item: Try A Seasonal Beer. Charlotte has long been known for three things – banks, BBQ, and beer. Now, Charlotte is becoming known for slightly different things – banks, BBQ and vegan BBQ, and craft beer. In… Read More ›

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