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Entries from February 2008

Hummus: Basic Recipe from Dried Chickpeas

February 26th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I have many versions of hummus because I make it so often. This one is my basic recipe made with dried chickpeas. Other recipes use canned beans, larger amounts, different flavorings, etc. I even have one made with edamame instead of chickpeas. Recipe: 2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked and cooked 1 1/3 cups (10-11 oz) […]

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Categories: Food · Recipes · Spreads & Dips · Vegetable Dishes
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Chopped Salad with Fried Tofu & Mustard-Tomato Dressing

February 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

A favorite dinner of mine is a big salad with lots of finely chopped vegetables and warm protein on top. For those of us who want to eat more raw foods but feel better with something both physically warm and solid, this is a great combination. The salad works on its own too, as a […]

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Categories: Food · Main Dishes · Recipes · Vegetable Dishes
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Miriam’s Birthday Present

February 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I don’t know who was more excited: the birthday girl or her mom. Miriam is turning 3 on February 26th and I wanted to get her something special. She’s been planning her birthday party for nearly a year now and, whenever we ask her what she wants (either for the party itself or for her […]

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Categories: Family Life · House & Home · Miriam Updates
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Valentine’s Day Dinner 2008

February 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

For dinner tonight I made a simple but elegant meal. Each item wasn’t hard to make, though having four of them took more time. The details make a difference too. Nicer plates, eating at the dining room table (something we should do every night, but don’t), using wine glasses. Miriam and I went to Whole […]

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Categories: Family Life · Food · Food Commentary · Main Dishes · Meals & Events · Recipes · Religion & Holidays · Valentine's Day · Vegetable Dishes
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Strawberry Ice Cream

February 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Who says you need dairy or sugar to enjoy ice cream? Though I make lots of sorbets and ice milks, this one is full cream. Recipe 3 cups pureed strawberries 1 can coconut milk (lite works better but regular is fine) A couple tsps vanilla extract Squeeze of fresh lemon Pinch salt Stevia to taste […]

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Categories: Desserts · Food · Recipes
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Miriam’s New Bed – Part II

February 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This is a follow up to Part I from Dec, 2007. We got this bed frame for free from Freecycle and it was a mess. Massive scrubbing ensued. Then we varnished, but the coat done in the late afternoon bubbled due to the cold. It took nearly two months before we had a warm sunny […]

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Categories: Building · Family Life · House & Home · Miriam Updates
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Fish Stock

February 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The same day I bought vegetables for two new ferments, I also got some salmon for dinner. It was a halved fish but the Whole Foods fish folks will cut it to order for free. I asked them to make me fillets and to save the tail and spine and other usable parts for stock. […]

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Kim Chee

February 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Kim Chee (aka kimchi) is a wonderful collection of vegetables and spices brought together to ferment. This was my first attempt at making it. I used the recipe from Wild Fermentation, adapted a bit. Recipe: Napa cabbage (aka Chinese cabbage), 1 head chopped Daikon radish, 3 Leeks, 2 Dried chile pepper, 3 Ginger (I used […]

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Turnip Pickles

February 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I was inspired by a trip to Han Il Kwan, a Korean restaurant in San Francisco. They had a huge spread of fermented dishes, including glorious crisp and sour turnip pickles. My attempt was simple and only partially successful. I can tell you straight out that I used the wrong kind of turnip. What I […]

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Your Body Knows Best by Ann Louise Gittleman

February 4th, 2008 · No Comments

I like Ann Gittleman. She is the former Pritikin nutritionist who realized that ultra-low fat was not a healthy way to eat and took on her boss in the book Beyond Pritikin. Some of her ideas and viewpoints make a lot of sense and she is willing to forge her own path without getting bogged […]

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Categories: Book Reviews · Food · Food Books · Nutrition Books

An Organic Thanksgiving 2007

February 1st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Most of our Thanksgiving dinners are in the community room of Ecology House, an 11-unit government (HUD) complex for people disabled with chemical sensitivity. Every year, with the help of the Environmental Health Network, the residents there host a (supplemented) potluck dinner for the entire chemical sensitivity community. It’s great fun. I share the disability […]

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Categories: Food · Living Spaces · Meals & Events · Places to Go · Religion & Holidays · Thanksgiving
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