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…

Creamy Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup with Herb Garlic Finishing Oil

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of overindulgence, loads of stuffing, a mountain of mashed potatoes, and leftovers coming out your ears.  We are still working our way through the turkey.  And I see all of these wonderful ideas for using up your turkey.  And we have given some of them a try in the past, but to be honest, I’m happy with adding it on top of a salad, and the husband will tell you that there is nothing quite like a leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with mayo, sourdough bread, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper.  The boy could eat that morning, noon, and night…
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