Big ol’ Pot o’ Beans

On Friday, I posted about my family’s tradition of eating meatless soups, chills, and the like together each Friday of lent.  My aunt invites and hosts everyone each week.  The no-meat on Fridays during lent is a Catholic thing, if you aren’t familiar.  Since I was raised in an Italian and Catholic home, lent was as much part of my cultural upbringing as it was a religious practice.  Even now, as a “heathen protestant” (as my father refers to me in jest) the practice and tradition are deeply ingrained.  I can’t fathom abandoning them.  For most of my family, the practice isn’t about religious dogma, doctrine, or rule following.  Rather,…

Fridays in Lent: Meatless One-Pot Meals

Growing up in a big Catholic Italian family, makes the season of Lent as much cultural as it is religious.  Even though I no longer practice faith from the Catholic tradition, lent and the practices around it remain.  This 40 day period begins on Ash Wednesday (which was Wednesday, February 14th this year… Hello, Valentine’s Day!) and continues until Easter.  It commemorates 40 days of prayer and fasting Jesus spent in the dessert. Most of my family members gives up something (usually chocolate, coffee, sweets, or alcohol) individually for the duration of lent.  Outside of a food-motivated Italian family, I know people who have given up gossip, social media, or…

8 One-Pot Winter Soups, Chilis, and Curries

Until our recent move, our house was fairly small.  Big kitchen, but small otherwise.  We had a massive back deck and patio perfect for the summer months, but since this is Seattle, we have essentially 3 seasons: rainy, rainy and cold, and summer! But, since we aren’t big on limiting the our number “Come on over!” invitations.  Not to mention the sheer size of my Italian family.  Our little bungalow wasn’t exactly built for massive numbers.  Forget about obvious dilemmas like seating; we are talking sheer spacial scarcity.  Woah, that sounded overly scientific, but you get the picture.  Lots of people crammed into a small space can be um….(What’s a…

One Bowl Wonder: Pasta e Ceci

If you find yourself with a house full of people this week… but the last thing you want to do is spend even more time in the kitchen, might I suggest this super simple one-pot Italian classic?  Pasta e Ceci.  Pasta and chickpeas.  Its a very popular classic Roman dish, and its ridiculously simple to make, vegan friendly, and so, so good!  (I even used GF pasta.) Like grown-up spaghetti-Os that kids and adults will slurp right up!  When I have no time and/or a house full of hungry people, this is my go-to.  I have yet to meet anyone who dislikes it.  Its a perfect comforting but light meal…

One Bowl Wonders: Thai Pumpkin Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! The leaves are starting to turn, the temperatures are dipping into the 40s each morning and all I want to eat are big warm pots of saucy goodness, soups, and curries.  I’m giving my soup-pots a work-out and fogging up my kitchen windows with all the simmering concoctions we have been slurping… Like this pumpkin curry! I love-love-love coconut milk broths infused with ginger,…
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