Tag: personal

My Origin Stories: Finland

I stare at the photos, mind racing and mouth watering, as I try to understand how each dish could connect me to a distant place I've never seen, a past I'm working to uncover, people who are the reason I am here at all.

Scarcity and Gratitude and Hope

This was a tough year for our CSA farm. The rain and heat were relentless, making it impossible to successfully bring many crops to harvest. The usual piles of squashes, eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, and leafy greens, that have filled vegetable drawers and freezer containers in past summers, did not appear. The pickling cucumbers gave up ...

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The Trump Administration is Lying About Poverty. Here’s How You Can Help.

There are millions of children going hungry right now, in your own state, because they are out of school for the summer, and school meals are all they have to eat during the year. Here are some links for you to check out, if you want to feed hungry children, since the Trump Administration says they're done doing that.

New Year, New Focus

You’ll notice some changes around here. It is no longer possible for me to write about food in the same way I have been. There are so many reasons for that, too many to share here, and really, that’s not the point. What I can say with certainty, is that what people eat is not ...

Mind. Death Star-Blown.

My father was not outwardly a “fan” of much popular culture. But my father loved Star Trek, the original series. When I was growing up in the mid-to-late 1970’s, it had already been cancelled and shuttled off to syndication, and one of the local Los Angeles television stations ran it on both Saturday and Sunday ...

Winter Solstice Anise Cookies

Today is Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter, and the shortest day of the year. From here on out, the days will slowly get longer, with a bit more sunlight each day, until Spring Equinox, when the sun will chase Winter away at last. It’s been wintry here for a few weeks now, though. We’ve ...

Comfort Food Sunday: KISS Edition

Nope, sorry, not that KISS. Now that I am focusing my attention on the holiday tomfoolery here in the house, sometimes dinner is somewhat informal. The desire to deck our halls and follow our passions often results in The Boy hungry, well, always, me hungry in the early evening because I forgot to have a snack, and The Husband ...