It’s Christmas Eve. As I sit here, sipping a cup of coffee in preparation for my final shopping trip (um, it turns out I probably shouldn’t have procrastinated quite so much), I’m planning the lunch we’re hosting later today. On the menu, a selection of all the most festive libations from eggnog to cider to Prosecco to hot chocolate (peppermint schnapps included), Edwards country ham, buttermilk biscuits, and a green salad. Please try not to be concerned that I actually just listed four cocktails and only three edibles. Moderation, we’re into it.
I hope you’ve landed wherever you’re going this holiday. May your mug be full of something warming and wonderful, and may all the best, most beautiful things about the season shine through. read more »
With a chill in the night air and a few recent professional disappointments, the past couple weeks have been a time for long, hot showers. At night, the bathroom all steamy, I listen to the BBC News, which focuses on Africa in the evening and often serves as a reminder that, with my safe home and clean water, I’m still ahead by more than any of us deserve. No one can blame me for being rooted in my own life –– it’s an essential part of being human –– but remembering that all I have is mine by chance is good way to keep things in check. read more »
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As parents, Brian and I know firsthand how difficult it can be to feed children healthy meals and snacks. One of the paradoxes of living in a society when you can buy almost any kind of food at any time is that the abundance of food can make it harder to eat nutritious meals. I have no doubt that my great-great-great grandparents sat down uncomplainingly to a bowl of lima beans because if lima beans were on the table, then lima beans were what there was to eat. But when you know there’s a box of mac and cheese in the cabinet and a hot pizza is just a phone call away, it can be hard to count yourself as lucky to be tucking into a plate of vegetables. The result is that while many families would like to be healthier, when it comes to meal planning, they feel paralyzed. read more »
Food waste is a serious problem. According to the NRDC, American consumers waste a full 25 percent of the food they buy. This is alarming for several reasons. To start, wasted food also represents a waste of water, land, energy, and financial resources. After being discarded, that wasted food largely ends up in landfills, representing 16 percent of methane output in the US. read more »
There are people who make the world a far better place simply by living in it, and this week, we lost one of them.
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Lately, my go-to breakfast has been a big bowl of Greek yogurt with sliced fruit. After a few weeks of this, I started to crave a little crunch too. Enter toasted oats (I made mine with coconut, cinnamon, and a touch of honey). Similar to granola, these take just about 10 minutes to make. I like just a few tablespoons on my yogurt, but my daughters have been eating them by the spoonful. read more »