moderation minestrone. meatless monday.

I realize there’s been a lot of meaty talk around here lately. Ironic, isn’t it?  There’s the siren call of the Charcutepalooza, yet, most often, I’m cooking for just the two of us. Dennis, a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat (a meat reducer is his term) and me, an omnivore with a tendency toward high cholesterol and a few extra pounds. So, I’m careful. And we treat meat as a special occasion meal. We invite friends over to celebrate. We source any meat that we do eat from local farmers. I’ve written about the farms, the farmers, and the responsibility of conscious eating. Animal proteins are on our dinner table about once a week, and most often it’s fish or chicken. I eat meat more […]

Day One: Week of Eating In

Starting the Huffington Post’s Week of Eating In today, here are some decisions I made.For the rest of the Week,All food we eat will be cooked in my kitchen.No restaurants.No processed foods (naturally.)Use what’s in the refrigerator, pantry and freezer to round out the meals. After all, I spent weeks last summer “putting up” and sourcing all sorts of foods.Document it here. Does that mean everything? I decided YES when we were out doing errands and Dennis said “Let’s stop at Starbucks.” I responded, “No, let’s go home and I’ll make you a latte.” I may weaken as the week goes on. Mostly, I suppose, this is an opportunity to provide a view right into the kitchen. What gets cooked, how we eat, every week […]