On reflection, I am not who I thought I was. I have always prided myself on my robust health; I have relied on it. We all have a vision of ourselves and where we fit into our world(s). Some people fancy themselves fine aristocrats, some see themselves as clowns, making fun of themselves before anyone else can, […]

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  • October 7, 2015 - 1:08 pm

    Stacie - I am so glad it’s nothing too serious. I had cancer at a time in my life (34yo) that I’d never felt better. I get how things like this can throw self-perception for a loop. I like the way you never actually say what the surgery is. Good luck and heal quickly! Hopefully you will still be able to type!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2015 - 10:24 pm

    Lisa - “Life is made up of a series of quiet moments punctuated by a variety of shocks and surprises, some good, some bad, and some moments that defy categorization.” Brene Brown wishes she wrote those words! Who you are really comes through in this. I mean, I don’t know you, but I feel like I do!ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    Michelle Longo - Reversing roles is so tough. I hope your surgery goes well and you stay in good health.ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2015 - 5:12 pm

    Nate - It’s things like this that remind us that we’re not invincible and that we are powerless when it comes to our health. I had a wake up call myself recently, so I hear your message loud and clear.ReplyCancel

Left to my own devices, especially when I am feeling busy (don’t you detest that word?) I could conceivably eat chicken for dinner every night. Fortunately for me my daughter doesn’t eat chicken, beef or pork, so whether I feel like it or not, I must come up with something besides chicken for dinner. We often default to pasta, […]

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I think when I am very old (which I plan on being one day) I will look back on my life and find that every scary, shaky, too emotional moment was addressed with increasing resilience and comfort food. Everyone has something that they consider comfort food, and many people have different foods for different levels of crises.  […]

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  • September 28, 2015 - 2:18 pm

    Tina - Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy Chinese take out!! You reminded me and I’m so glad!!Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • October 1, 2015 - 1:19 pm

    redosue - What a loving ode to comfort and love in a bowl. Nicely done.ReplyCancel

Last week I wrote about my college friend John who hated white food, and today I’m writing about what could be my favorite food color—orange. Fall is undoubtedly my favorite season, and soup probably my favorite thing to cook. The methodical chopping and preparation of all the vegetable, the fragrant sautéing them in butter or […]

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  • September 21, 2015 - 8:57 am

    Cathy Goodwin - Red lentil – can I use Bob’s Red Mill lentils? Thanks for this recipe. I”m just now learning how to make soup and this is simple even for me!ReplyCancel

    • September 21, 2015 - 6:46 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Cathy, You can use Bob’s Red Mill red lentils, it is the lentils, not the mill that should be red.ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2015 - 9:51 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Looks good Nancy. Love fall too, except we had such a long winter last year I’m kind of hanging on to all the summer produce I can for now!ReplyCancel

    • September 21, 2015 - 6:47 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Peggy, As much as I hate summer, I do love the produce, but I am always in a hurry to make soup :)ReplyCancel

When I was in college my friend John told me he disliked all white food “Including cauliflower?” I asked dumbfounded, who doesn’t like cauliflower? As a kid my family ate cauliflower two ways, raw with Durkee’s Famous Sauce and steamed whole and covered with cheddar cheese. I wasn’t then, nor am I now a fan of […]

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  • September 14, 2015 - 8:27 am

    Quirky Chrissy - I love the colored cauliflower!

    Also, the Irsh do a mash with carrots and parsnips – highly recommended. Yum.ReplyCancel

    • September 14, 2015 - 6:06 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks! I do love parsnips :)ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2015 - 9:41 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Looks and sounds delicious Nancy!ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Tina Ashburn - I love cauliflower and these 2 ideas look amazing! Thanks for the easy hints and tips!ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2015 - 6:06 pm

    Orange is the New Soup » Chefs Last Diet - […] week I wrote about my college friend John who hated white food, and today I’m writing about what could be my favorite food […]ReplyCancel

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