October 2010

Three Olive Tapenade Plus How to Roast a Pepper

October 18, 2010
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All of my friends like olives. It’s a bit odd, but I think I could have a dinner party with nothing but bread, wine, and olives and everyone would be perfectly content. When I recently made a batch of this tapenade for a Sunday dinner at my mother’s house it was as if I’d brought a pot of gold instead of a small crock of olive spread. Call it olive crack.
In fact, while I was in Cambodia, my husband posted this on Facebook, “Kristina has only been in Cambodia since Saturday, so it looks like cold chicken and olive tapenade on english muffins for dinner tonight. What will I do when there’s no more tapenade?”
Sigh. Really? That’s what he eats when I’m gone?

I’ve been making a version of this for at least the last 15 years and for some reason it fell of …

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While I’m away…

October 11, 2010

I’m currently in Cambodia traveling and spending some time volunteering with the Ponheary Ly Foundation. To read more about what I’m doing, check out my post, Breakfast in Cambodia or take a look at my other blog, wired2theworld where I’m posting about the trip. In the meantime, please enjoy a recap of some of my favorite recipes until I return.

Moroccan Garbanzo Bean Stew

This dish has quickly become a staple in our house, served with cous cous. The combination of flavors and spices is addicting and I always make sure we have enough for leftovers. Even though this is a filling vegan dish, I often serve it with our home made sausages too.




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On Buying A Pig

October 4, 2010
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Last week we bought a pig. Yes, really, a whole pig.

No, I didn’t have to put up a pen and give it a place in which to wallow in the backyard, but we are now the proud owners of a pasture raised, organically fed, heritage breed pig, albeit one in nice, neat, paper-wrapped packages.

Perhaps I should back up a little. Last year I made a conscious decision to be conscious about the food I eat. Meaning, to be aware of what was in my food, where it came from and how it was raised. I’d been thinking about it for a while and it seems like many factors conspired to push me in that direction including, but not limited to, seeing the movie Food, Inc., sourcing out a local and organically raised turkey last Thanksgiving, and doing a 21 day cleanse diet which was vegan, gluten …

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