The Year In Food » Fine Seasonal Eating

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I find deep comfort in cooking basic staples. There are many jars of beans in my pantry, jars that I decided to move north with me, which is funny considering how much I let go of, in the spirit of Konmari. Beans are a currency, in a sense, for perhaps exactly this moment: they are […]

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  • Bernice - beautiful! and delicious I am sure. love the simplicity of this recipeReplyCancel

  • CINDY OWINGS - BEANS, ONE OF MY FAVORITE FOODS TO ROAST IN OUR OUTDOOR OVEN! BELIEVE-IT-OR-NOT A POT OF BEANS COOKED OUTSIDE IN A CLAY OVEN TASTE DIFFERENT THAN INSIDE. HMM, A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY! ENJOYING THESE DAILY GOODNESSES, THANKS!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I love this. :) I can’t wait to see what the soup is. This might be a stupid question, but… when you soak the beans overnight, do you leave them out on the counter or in the fridge?ReplyCancel

  • Walt - Sounds like a fun recipe especially in winter!ReplyCancel

These are some of the voices that I’m leaning on right now, post-election. Good stuff to dig into over a hectic weekend. Your opponents would love you to believe that it’s hopeless, that you have no power, that there’s no reason to act, that you can’t win. Hope is a gift you don’t have to […]

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  • Erica Simmons - Thank you for thisReplyCancel

  • Christine McCorkle - I really appreciate this. Can you recommend a place to start with Anne Lamott? Believe it or not, I am completely unfamiliar with her work…
    Also really like the nod to Fresh Air. Didn’t hear that interview but now I’ll seek it out!ReplyCancel

One of my goals in moving to Portland was to not let the rain deter me from getting outside. Perhaps there is a learning curve to accepting the near-daily rain, because I have never been as big a homebody as within the last month. But I am slowly acclimating, and now that I have a […]

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  • Limner - The wreath is as beautiful as the woods that produced the elements it’s composed of. I wish everyone could take such a stroll and harvest such bounty. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - I recently visited the Portland area for the first time and was humbled by the ethereal magnitude of the forests and plants there. The moss was amazing and I guess it thrives from all the rain. It’s the perfect environment to forage for wreath greenery. I volunteer at an arboretum on the east coast and spent the past 2 weeks making wreaths for a holiday boutique using both foraged and purchased materials. There was no better way to start the holiday. Hope you enjoy yours!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Lovely, my friend. Growing up in New England, my mom and I used to make fresh wreaths all the time. There’s something so satisfying about a project like this. And, of course, you make it look effortlessly cool.
    p.s. more doggie photos, please!ReplyCancel

  • Rick - a doggie tease but no photo(s) . . . unfair! (from Eastern Sierra hot springs)ReplyCancel