Red Lentil and Carrot Soup


Mike just turned 31, and the celebration lasted days. ¬†Pizza one day, cake another, and on day 3, the Vitamix arrived. Ellie was almost as excited about it as he was. If I’d had this when I made this soup, I definitely would have pureed it, but since I […]

Udon with Peanut-Hoisin Sauce


I think I sometimes take for granted how great it is to have a happy, healthy kid. Ellie was a little bit sick a few days ago and it was pretty much the saddest thing ever. She only had a fever of 101 and it was very short-lived, but […]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my favorite cake. Last year out of nowhere I decided I wanted carrot cake with cream cheese frosting as my birthday cake, which was a serious departure from the chocolate-on-chocolate birthday cakes of the years before. Now I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite cake ever. I just […]

French Green Lentils with Tomatoes

Obviously, dessert posts are MUCH more popular than posts like this. Which sounds better, a brownie or a bowl of stewed lentils? Pretty sure you’re going to go with the brownie. But sometimes, honestly, we just need this simple, healthy food. I always heard (well, in the last couple […]

Bulgur and White Bean Salad with Tarragon

Once again the weekend went by WAY too fast, but at least it was a good one and I don’t feel like I wasted a moment of it! Here’s a little re-cap (which I promise WILL tie in with this recipe). Saturday started VERY early at the National Science […]

Guinness Beef (or Tempeh) Stew

Two years ago we spent the two weeks before Christmas in Ireland, and pretty much everyone we met there thought we were absolutely nuts for leaving beautiful California and going to Ireland for such a cold, rainy time of the year. But lucky for us, the weather was perfect, […]

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