Cultural Fray

    Cultural Fray Part 1: Hold Us Together I’m sitting on top of my bed which is covered by my great grandma’s yellow, wool blanket. She was a seamstress. Measuring tape… Pins to mark… And then, time… Every piece of clothing hugged your shape like a second skin. And then there was WWI. And … Continue reading

Forest Bathing, Mississippi-style

  Between cutting down the old-growth cypress forests of the Mississippi Delta, the clear-cutting of the coastal long-leaf pine forest, and the cutting and then conversion of the beech-magnolia climax forest to the monocropping of pine trees for the paper and wood industry… there is not much left to speak of when it comes to … Continue reading

Finding our way home

“I have no right to call myself one who knows.  I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me.  My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; … Continue reading

Bottomland Hardwoods

Bottomland Hardwoods the leaves crunched beneath our feet as we kept pace with the afternoon sun. a sharp call like a tropical bird echoed across the forest. we froze for reasons we didn’t know. “pileated woodpecker,” i said. and then, we continued on… small things caught my eye like the glossy red dogwood berries glimmering … Continue reading

Satsuma-zest Almond Meal Carrot Cake: Wake Up Cake

Lawdy be!  Gluten-free’s gone crazy on this one.  This has to be my favorite gluten-free dessert recipe yet.  It is one tasty, moist, flavorful, AND easy to make cake.  So, while everyone is snorting refined sugar and artificial food colorings this Christmas…take a sweet stand and bake this as an act of kitchen counter-culture. Be … Continue reading

Winter Warmth: Chicken Bone Broth

Key themes for winter: * stillness * storage * retreat * restoration * receptivity * kidneys * adrenals * cooked foods * bone broths * spices * roots * soups & stews * warming foods * immune support * nourishing * “For many of us, our interest in seasonality is somewhat selective. We want the … Continue reading

Black Bean Brownies

I’ve been asked by friends to post this recipe.  It is one of two easy-peezy, nutritive, and delicious desert recipes that I like to make.  Why are they so easy?  I do the magic in a blender. Over the past 10 years or so, due to digestive complaints, I’ve navigated various food ways to find … Continue reading

Eggstatically Alioli

My recent addition to the kitchen is Spanish alioli (what the French call aïoli and what we may want to call garlic mayonnaise in English).  Ah.  But don’t call it garlic mayonnaise.  I got the stinkiest of stink eyes from my Spanish friend when I did that. I must say.  Where has this condiment been … Continue reading