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100 Words: What’s Cookin’ In Your Relationship Kitchen?

My daughter went to the kitchen to get a snack and returned crestfallen. “There’s nothing to eat,” she reported. “There are only ingredients.”

A love relationship is a kitchen full of sweet, savory, salty and spicy. I have ingredients (beliefs, personality, habits). You have ingredients, too. But how will they blend?

Are we good cooks? With what you’ve got and what I’ve got, will we create a wonderful saute? Will our relationship be sweet? Or will the cake fall?

Today, I’ve got anchovies and you — rocky road ice cream. This will be interesting.

It’s OK. There’s always another meal coming.

 

 

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Summer Goat Cheese Strawberry Honey Toast

Strawberries Goat Cheese The food blogs I most enjoy lately are written by women — yes, they can cook — AND they clearly have a professional photographer (husband?) on hand.  Well, let’s be real.  I do, in fact, know three outstanding food bloggers that DO have photo-ready hubbies who make their living shooting portraits and such.  In these lucky home kitchens, he must be camera-poised while she is putting on her apron, sipping her tea,  and arranging her ingredients.  He must be awaiting the moment when the cookie-of-perfection falls from her grasp.  Or when she pauses while arranging the grilled asparagus — he gets the perfect shot.  Then, to top it all off, he catches the finely-minced-in-mid-air-red onion-and-toasted-pepitas as they descend toward the (always) stunning vegetable plate.  All of this yummy photography is designed, I’m sure, to cause saliva to flow like a darn river.  And if you have one of those creative cook minds, it will wander happily toward the empty grocery list and begin adding this and that.   And your tummy, along with tummies all over the world who have just read this blog begin to call out, “Yes — that — I want to eat THAT.” I don’t really understand the first thing about photography, but if I did, you’d be drooling over the photos from this morning’s little simple breakfast creation.  You’d see the perfectly arranged sliced strawberries, and the still stemmed strawberries would be the right color in contrast to the cut ones on the toast.  (Ahem.)  You’d most assuredly see the casual, yet elegant arrangement of all things delicious, right along with the up close and faultlessly focused photo of freshly grated nutmeg over the drizzled honey and fruit.  You really would. Sigh. And without further ado…

Summer Goat Cheese Strawberry Honey Toast

Bread of choice (I like Ezekiel or sprouted)Goat Cheese Honey Toast
Soft Chevre goat cheese (plain)
Fresh strawberries 
Raw honey
Freshly grated nutmeg
 
Toast your bread. Spread lavishly with goat cheese. Put a table knife in the honey jar, and when the drizzle gets really tiny, drizzle it over your goat cheese. Then arrange slices of strawberries over the toast and drizzle again (optional).  Add freshly grated nutmeg and inhale. It’s aStrawberries on toastll so totally delicious, don’t you think?  And you can even do this quickly before running out the door to meet your day. But if you’re not running out the door…. Meanwhile, prepare a nice cup of darjeeling or dark roast coffee.  Go sit on your porch or deck.  Look out at the beautiful morning mountains. Consume with unlimited pleasure. Blue Heaven with White Puff 1 Continue Reading

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

Baby, it’s cold outside – and time for soup and spice and warm food!  In the winter, salads have less appeal, while a tasty broth with delicious meat or vegetables sounds divine. So warm up your favorite soup tonight. How about a nice hot muffin with that?  Here is my “go-to” muffin recipe.

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (no, that’s not a typo) 4 cups unpeeled apples, cut in ½ inch chunks.  Tart Granny Smith or McIntosh work great. Juice of ½ lemon if I have it (optional) 1 cup sweetener.  This can include sugar, honey, Grandma’s molasses, xylitol, maple syrup, agave, or a combination. For instance, I have used ¼ c. Grandma’s molasses, ¼ c. honey and ½ c. brown sugar.  Or half maple syrup and half turbinado sugar.  If you use sugar, use the chunky kind (turbinado or Florida Crystals or sucanat) because it adds just the right crunchy texture. 2 large eggs ¼ c butter and ¼ c. olive oil (or all butter is delicious) 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups of whole wheat flour 2 tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder 2-1/2 tsp warm winter spices.  Use a combination of the following – cinnamon, mace, Chinese 5 Spice, ginger, nutmeg (fresh grated if possible)and Garam Masala.  Garam Masala is heaviest, so only use ¼ to ½ tsp. at the most. Other than that, choose your favorites. 1 tsp salt 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional) 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) Prepare the apples, toss with lemon juice (if using) and set aside.  Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix sugars and oil/butter well.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Stir in dry ingredients by hand. Add apples and mix only until combined.  Fill greased muffin cups.  Bake at 325 (yes, this is a lower temperature than usual) for 25 to 30 minutes. These muffins are tender, flavorful and downright good.  I’ve served these to quite a few friends and they simply smile and ask for another. You know, I’d like to show you a photo of the finished product, but they seem to disappear so fast….muffin gone 2 Continue Reading

Fresh Tuna Salad with Capers, Cilantro and Lime

 

Fresh Tuna Salad with Capers, Cilantro and Lime

Fresh Tuna Salad with Capers, Cilantro and Lime

Canned tuna is always in my pantry, and it will do in a pinch, but for a change, try making Tuna Salad from fresh, wild caught tuna.  It doesn’t taste as strong, and is a nice change from the usual fare. Also, you can add a lot of finely chopped vegetables to the mix — a meal in one can be a handy thing! — and you can use almost any vegetable YOU like.  I’ve been known to put carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage, and so on in my tuna salad.  Make sure you get enough “crunch” in there. Here is one very simple and tasty combination:
Wild Ahi Tuna, Steamed, about 4-6 oz.
1 – 2 T. capers or to taste.
1-2 T. chopped red onion, or to taste
1/4 c. chopped cilantro, or to taste
1/4 c. chopped celery
juice from 1/2 lime, or more
Vegenaise (or your favorite mayonnaise) — enough to make the salad hang together.
Mix and enjoy.

You’ll find you can enjoy Fresh Tuna Salad with Capers, Cilantro and Lime any season of the year!

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Intimacy Is Everywhere

Hello Everyone,

Today, intimacy.

Love to you all,

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Friday Love: Bam! Gate Breaking, Anyone?

Good Friday, Everyone!

Today, I’m sharing a story about how I accidentally accomplished something on my bucket list. I ran through an exit gate while looking the other way. The hood of my car is scratched up, and one windshield wiper is a mess, but let’s have a good laugh about how we never expect what “getting what we want” includes!

Let me know if you relate…

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Enough with the Name-Calling

It seems to be a growing fad these days to call someone a narcissist, or declare they are toxic.
 
Political name-calling is similar—we assign politicians and voters to categories, and brush them off as if they are unintelligent, inferior, or even worthless.
 
By labeling others, we miss their humanity. We gloss over their struggle, their best effort at dealing with life. We dismiss them.
 
We do to them what we believe they are doing to others.
 
Look past a label, and in the soft light of day, there stands a person like you or like me, coping as best they can. At the end of the day, no friend, parent, or lover making conscious choices intends to be mean, or to ignore, or to embellish. There is always more to the story.
 
If we label others, then for sure we label ourselves. We trap ourselves into believing we are less than. Or not enough. Or we don’t give ourselves the time and forgiveness to work through our “stuff.” Maybe, if we stopped accusing others of narcissism, we could forgive ourselves for those moments when we were narrow-minded, inconsiderate, or afraid.
 
When it comes to labels, nobody wins.
 
So, my dear people, I suggest we peer a little deeper into ourselves to investigate a need to separate ourselves from others by tacking them with a label filled with disdain or scorn.
 
It is my wish that you view this video and take it to heart.
 
Much love,
Terri
 
 

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