Treeline aged artisinal vegan cheese
Food

Vegetarian Dinners and Vegan Cheese

A few weeks ago, we decided to make a pretty major dietary shift toward eating vegetarian dinners from Monday through Thursday. I love animal-based sources of protein (beef! pork! chicken! seafood!), and I've always included them in dinner recipes. But we're trying to improve our nutrition as we age, and this shift is a big… Continue reading Vegetarian Dinners and Vegan Cheese

Art, essay

Freedom vs. Independence

When I was deciding on the title for my post "Ramen: A Story of Independence," I was debating whether to use the word "freedom" or the word "independence." Ultimately, I chose "independence" because it has deeper connotations than "freedom." We all want to be free. But freedom is amorphous. Some of us aren't ready for… Continue reading Freedom vs. Independence

Art, Music

Press Play: Simple Gifts

Like "Oh Shenandoah," "Simple Gifts" is a traditional American song that I first learned during my choir years. It's another folk song that has stuck with me because I still find it beautiful. "Simple Gifts" is a Shaker dance spiritual that was written in the 1800s. I love its catchy melody and message of freedom,… Continue reading Press Play: Simple Gifts

Ramen
essay, Food

Ramen: A Story of Independence

Americans celebrated their Independence Day earlier this month, and that annual event came with a new realization for me this year about my first significant steps toward independence. I was a latchkey kid. I had a key that I fastened to my clothes with a safety pin so I wouldn't lose it during the day.… Continue reading Ramen: A Story of Independence

shrimp rice wrap
Food, garden

Shrimp Rice Rolls

I used rice wrappers for the first time, and I was impressed with the results. I envisioned a Vietnamese-style fresh roll filled with shrimp and veg, and I love how it turned out: delicious, light, healthy and full of freshness. For the filling: saute some shrimp, boil and drain vermicelli or soba noodles, and shred… Continue reading Shrimp Rice Rolls