Caught between the past and the present: bannock

Have you watched the television series Outlander? For some people it was too slow-moving, but I found it mesmerizing. It was so gorgeously filmed that every scene made me feel like I was looking into a painting, and so steeped in historic, atmospheric scenery that I started believing my living room was hanging with moss, and I could almost hear horses coming down the hall ....more

Variations on chocolate chip cookie pie (GF) (And some thoughts on GF baking.)

We recently celebrated the second birthday of our little grandson, and as is usually the case at family events, I made a cake. I think I became the family cakemaker because no one else wants to make vegan cakes or gluten-free cakes, but I don't mind. Making cakes is kind of fun ....more

Sweet Designs Chocolatier

You all know that bloggers are offered lots of products and books to review. I think I ignore about 85 percent of the offers that come my way, for one reason or another, selecting only the ones I find most interesting, or I think would be interesting to readers. I don't get paid to do them, and they take a fair bit of time to do them well ....more

Curry in a hurry

Everything in our refrigerator has been frozen since Saturday. I don't mean in our freezer — everything on the REFRIGERATOR shelves is frozen — jars of olives, miso, sundried tomatoes, kimchi, soup stock. The stuff in the drawers and door shelves is extremely cold, but not quite frozen ....more

OATrageous Oatmeals

I suspect when most people think of oats they imagine a bowl of steaming oatmeal, a few oatmeal cookies or maybe a muffin. When Kathy Hester, author of OATrageous Oatmeals, thinks of oats, she conjures up an entire cuisine. The book contains a mind-boggling assortment of oatmeal creations from DIY staples, to fantastic breakfasts, to soups, stews and other savories, to desserts, to drinks, to body care to dog biscuits ....more

Work turns to play (and good food) for five days

As I described in my last post about clearing out and selling our beloved house in Madison, we were working dawn to dark sorting boxes, rummaging through the basement and attic, and generally making hard choices about to toss, what to sell and what to keep. But, two weeks into our agenda, we were scheduled to fly to Boston, then drive to Cape Cod to attend the wedding of a close friend's son. As the departure date loomed, I felt like I'd made a big mistake taking five days off for some — gasp — fun ....more

HappyCow Cookbook review and giveaway

Is there a traveling vegan or vegetarian who hasn't looked at the HappyCow review list of vegan/vegetarian-friendly places to eat? I doubt it. We always check the list when we're heading to a new location, and even sometimes when we're going out to eat at home, to see what food options are available ....more

It's been a long — and short — summer

Found in a box of photos. Obviously, I've been away. We left Seattle June 30 and headed east to Madison, Wis ....more

Turkish cooking class with Sureyya Gokeri

My plate. I've posted about taking cooking classes at PCC (our food co-op) before, and as in the past, we really enjoyed both the instruction and the food in our latest class. Over the course of the two hour class period, Sureyya made four dishes — all gluten-free and vegan — that would be spectacular served to guests, but were definitely easy enough for everyday fare ....more

Sodastreams and Vitamix blender jars

Quite a number of months ago I got a sodastream, but I held off talking about it until I had formed an opinion, and then, it became such a part of everyday life that I forgot to mention it. It's time to talk about how often we use it and how much we like it. We make at least two large bottles of carbonated water every day, and we're totally in love with this little contraption ....more