Yearly Archives: 2012

A Year in Photos

With tree branches sagging under the weight of the recent snowfalls, things look simple and beautiful. And this past year has been about just that. Although I tend to be quite nostalgic, I don’t reflect much at the end of years, trying to keep forward momentum. But this year was so rich with food, family, […]

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The Third Winter Meal

As the days darkened and the end of year came near, we prepared to host our third and final dinner series meal. We planned and prepared, visited new grocery stores, and tried to make a meal that would help us usher in the coming winter. It has become kind of a tradition to include a […]

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Soundscape Dinner

The five senses—they are ever-present, enhancing our lives, and delighting our imagination. But we don’t always pay attention to what they are telling us.  In the discussion during the first Dinner in the Dark, my brother said “It’s surprising how your experience of something can be enhanced by losing a sense that you thought made […]

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Dinner in the Dark II

As winter creeps back once again, it always surprises us with its intense darkness. The sun fades away now around 4:30pm, if it even comes out at all during the day. Much of our time now is spent with darkness outside the window, reminding us how precious the light really is. A couple weekends ago, […]

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Pear Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

“It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an […]

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Tofu Quiche with Almond Meal Rosemary Crust

Last weekend, we invited friends over for a little housewarming party. On the invitation, I described the get-together as “drinks & snacks,” saving us from having to cook a full dinner for twenty people.  But I really should have known better. Once I get cooking, I just can’t stop.  I only know how to cook […]

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Smoked Ribs & Potato Salad

Whenever I come home from a long trip, mom always asks me what I want to eat for dinner. Every time my answer is steak. I’ve traveled to many places and eaten in lots of fancy restaurants, but nothing seems to compare to my dad’s steak cooked outside on a wood grill. I’m not usually […]

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