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life, death and…a cookbook?

wow. it’s been a long time. a few things brought me to back to the blog:  david rakoff,  my friend kelli’s new job and my friend marie’s book. and because it’s monday, meatless monday news from sprouted kitchen…

first, the sad news. the passing of one of my favorite modern writers, david rakoff. even that phrase, “the passing of” gives me pause. the passing to where? i’ve been thinking a lot about that lately…life. and how i’m living it. wondering if all my efforts of eating organically, supporting local farms, recycling, composting, having a garden, trying to do good in the world…all the things i do and try to do…do they really matter in the face of drought, population growth and the millions of other people who don’t give a sh*t? are we making a difference? or are we just making ourselves feel better? the death of someone so talented and so young (only 47!) always makes me reflect on my own life and how i spend my waking hours. the irishman and i were finally able to get away for a few days off. we went to big bear, pretty, but not spectacular, and a short drive from l.a. we stayed in a little cabin, cooked most of our meals, hiked and tried to stay away from people – which, even during the summer at a ski resort, was difficult. we came away with a couple decisions:  one, we need to get out of the heat and two, we need to get out of l.a.

which brings me to kelli. recently, she got the perfect job. and by perfect, i mean PERFECT. perfect for who she is and what she cares about and why she got her degree. the perfect job in the perfect city. she had been searching (like so many of us) for a long time and in a moment, her whole life changed. all the struggle suddenly made sense. and she realized that a seemingly random series of events lead her to exactly where she needed to be. a contact she had made 6 years ago in new york lead to a project in l.a. which was the exact kind of work she was applying for in san francisco. so against all odds and hundreds of applicants, she ended up getting not only a job, but a real future with a group of equally passionate and intelligent people.

next up is my friend marie. she has been writing a book. not just a book. but an idea that will change how people think about life and how they live it. she’s very close to finishing. but in the meantime, she and her husband have been fighting an emotionally draining legal battle and health issues and all the stress that comes with running your own business.

so many people struggling. and yet, so many people still trying to live right. so many people trying to make sense of how their lives have changed. of how that plan they had or that path they felt they were on, took a wrong turn and now they are just trying to get back to where they were before it all went to hell.

but before this post becomes a complete downer, let’s have some happy meatless monday news from sprouted kitchen. i’ve shared quite a few of sara & hugh’s recipes and i think i’ve written about how excited i am about their new book (coming out on august 28th!). but because it’s been so bloody hot in l.a. and i haven’t really been cooking (loads of salads and fruit…thank you, c.s.a.!), instead of a meatless monday recipe,  i thought it would be nice to share how excited they are about the fact that their dream, started two years ago, is finally a tangible, touchable thing…

in an interview with npr “there is no answer as to why me?“, david rakoff addressed the cancer treatment that caused the loss of his arm:

” … I’m fortunate in that I am 46 years old, and I do have a nifty little career so that the comma, noun after my name is David Rakoff comma writer. I’m very fortunate in that that’s kind of established, so even if I do lose my arm … I have managed to establish an identity that is based on my internal self, and for that I feel tremendously lucky.”

and maybe that’s all we can do. try to live our lives as best we can, as authentically as we can and one day, like kelli, a series of random events suddenly make sense of the chaos and confusion of what we’ve been living through. maybe like marie and sara and hugh, we express something or create something or do something, no matter how big or how small it may seem, that helps others or helps the planet. most of all, i think we must find a place that brings us calm. for the irishman and me, i’m thinking it’s northern california. i still haven’t figured out my “comma, noun”, but i know the things that matter to me and i have to believe that what i believe will one day, lead me to that comma…

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meatless monday recipes for memorial day…

image from pink parsley

happy memorial day! as you (more than likely) gather around the grill today, i thought it would be helpful to round up a few meatless monday recipes. thanks to delish’s 13 recipes for a vegetarian bbq, i found these mouthwatering chipotle portobello mushroom burgers from pink parsley. i’ve grilled portobellos a million times (well, actually the irishman has), but i do like the addition of chipotle in adobo to give it an extra somethin’ somethin’.

i’ll be taking the chipotle theme a step further with these grilled corn with chipotle lime butter as my side…

image from delish

add some chips, salad and watermelon for dessert and voila! my meatless-monday-memorial-day-meal is complete!

meatless monday has their top 10 tips for grilling, mother nature network has 10 veggie burger recipes, msnbc gathered 7 vegan memorial day recipes and rodale has 5 meatless grilling recipes…so fire up the grill and enjoy the last day of your long weekend!

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#meatlessmonday recipe: watermelon and arugula salad…

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it may be may, but it’s hot in the valley. like in the 90s hot. who wants to cook (unless it’s outdoors)? not me. so this refreshing watermelon & arugula salad recipe from whole foods will do the trick just fine! i still am getting arugula, mizuna and other dark greens in my c.s.a. box, so i figure i can pick up a watermelon and our yummy health starts here balsamic dressing at work and whip this simple salad up in a snap!

on the personal front, it feels like things are shaking loose – not only for myself, but for my friends as well.  i didn’t end up doing the 10 day challenge per se, but i have been watching what i eat and (except for a big, slurpy bowl of orochon ramen and an ooey, gooey cheese panini sandwich at work) i’ve been doing really well. i do have more energy (plus, the tv is no longer my best friend). my days are still busy, but i’m carving out down time. the irishman and i are taking evening walks (the heat in the day is brutal, but the nights are gorgeous). and the biggest deal of all is i have applied for a big job. i don’t want to jinx it, but just let me say, it’s a perfect job and would give us the big change we’ve been longing for…

…so things are looking up. sometimes, the smallest change can lead to big change. sometimes, you have to believe in yourself and take a chance. sometimes, the ripple effect of just the thought of that change can change your outlook on what’s going on (or not going on) in your life.

ugh. i hope that last paragraph didn’t feel like a bunch of self help clichés!

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two #meatlessmonday recipes from @sproutedkitchen…

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i haven’t been over to sara & hugh’s blog for quite some time, so was very excited to read that their cookbook is available for preorder at amazon.com! i can’t wait to get my hot little mitts on this one!

if your weather has been like ours, hot one day and freezing cold/windy the next, you might not know if a hearty salad or a warm bowl of soup is going to hit the spot. so, either one of these simple recipes should do the trick for your meatless monday or veggie any day…

first up, black bean and butternut soup!

our c.s.a. box has had some lovely squashes, carrots and cabbages, so i’m pretty excited to gussy this up (per sara’s suggestion) and make it more into a stew over quinoa or brown rice.

your weather a little warmer? then, what about a lovely wild rice salad with miso dressing?

since i have a pretty busy week ahead of me, i’m thinking i’ll go the big batch salad route and have this tasty meal ready and waiting for me!

thanks, sprouted kitchen and congrats on the cookbook!

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#meatlessmonday recipe: pan roasted brussel sprouts and a new cookbook from @herbivoracious…

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our c.s.a. box from underwood family farms has been a bounty of root vegetables, lettuces, cabbages and one of my favorites, brussel sprouts. since the irishman doesn’t like brussel sprouts, i’ve been searching for different ways to cook them for myself. yesterday, as i lay on the couch (the 2nd day of a brutal cold), giada de laurentiis made a light, bright salad by blanching the leaves and mixing them with arugula, endive and a simple vinaigrette (just lemon juice and olive oil). while that sounds very appealing, i am looking for something a little more hearty to get me through this funk…

as i do many sunday mornings, i look for my meatless monday inspiration on michael natkin’s awesome blog, herbivoracious. his recipe for pan roasted brussel sprouts with shiitakes and smoked paprika will definitely hit the spot! with just 7 ingredients (5 of which i already have) and a very simple preparation, i think i can muster the energy to make this meal tomorrow with a little brown rice on the side.

i’ve been a fan of michael’s blog for a long time and always found it interesting that a software developer at adobe was able to not only create such delicious recipes, but was an entertaining and informative writer and talented food photographer as well. so, i was quite excited to read (rather belatedly) that his new cookbook will be hitting the stands in may!

not only is he going on a book tour (i’ll be sure to attend), he’s going to quit his day job to pursue his passion full time…wowza! i think many of us have learned lessons from this downsized economy and are searching for different routes to happiness…like our farm fund…we want our lives to be more authentic and we’re willing to sacrifice comfort and what little security we have to get there.

thanks, herbivoracious for a truly inspiring meatless monday!

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#meatlessmonday recipe: miso sesame winter squash…

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i got home last night and was in a cooking and roasting frenzy! the irishman and i have a hard time keeping up with our weekly c.s.a. delivery and since another bountiful box is coming tomorrow, there were still loads of veggies waiting for their debut in our fridge. i was roasting squash and broccoli and whipping up a black kale, bok choy and tatsoi stir fry to go over brown rice for dinner/lunch/dinner like a madwoman! so you could imagine my sorrow when searching for today’s meatless monday post, that i came across heidi’s recipe for miso sesame winter squash…suddenly my stir fry seemed so amateurish!

and considering the fact that this week’s box from underwood family farms contains the following:

1 bunch Candy Beets
1 bunch Yellow Carrots
1  Green Leaf Lettuce
1 pound Broccoli
1 Celery
1 Celery Root
1 bunch Italian Parsley
1 Colored Cauliflower
1 bunch Rainbow Chard
1/2 pound Brussel Sprouts
1 Green Cabbage
1 basket Blueberries
i’ll have to wait until the next time squash makes an appearance…although i am pretty darned excited about brussel sprouts & celery root!
happy meatless monday (and tuesday and wednesday and thursday…well, you get the idea)!
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#meatlessmonday recipe: how to cook lentil soup via @bittman…

from markbittman.com

the days have finally turned chilly and nothing sounds better than a hearty bowl of soup. i must admit, protein content aside, i’ve felt a little guilty posting that last cheesy recipe from herbivoracious (especially in the light of paula deen’s pill popping diabetes revelation). so, i figure i would health it up a bit for this meatless monday recipe…

7 ways to make lentil soup comes from mark bittman’s brilliant “how to cook everything“, so once you get the basics down, you can tweak and edit to your heart’s (and tummy’s) delight!

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