Orzo with chickpeas

This is a modified version of the Couscous with Chickpeas recipe from the 1997 edition of the Joy of Cooking.  It’s a simple and interesting meatless main dish, and I usually eat it cold, so it’s convenient for packed lunches.  There’s not too much over-the-stove time, so it’s a pretty good summer option, too. Ingredients:…

Pasta with pesto and edamame

Just before I made my last batch of garlic scape pesto, I used up the last of the pesto and garlic scape pesto from the year before to make this simple summery dish.  Cleaning out the freezer is important work, right?  😉 I think I originally got the idea for cooking edamame with pasta from…

Jumping guppies!

(Well, this was all true yesterday, but today a squirrel or bird intervened, and the fish are no more…  I’ll have to work on a better system…) Earlier this summer, I constructed a birdbath from a thrifted lamp and a shallow dish.  (I got ideas here, here, here, and here.)  Then one day I came…

New in the morning

I hope you’ll indulge me today.  🙂  I went a little overboard one morning looking at the dewdrops in the garden.  I know it all has to do with cohesion and adhesion and surface tension and more physics than I understand, but they are still marvelous. The book of Job barely makes mention of the…

Ha’ we lost the goodliest fere o’ all…?

I spent time when I should have been sleeping verifying that I don’t own a single anthology containing this poem.  I don’t know if people don’t like poor, crazy, Ezra, or if it’s just not considered one of his better poems, or if the copyright holders want too much money for it, or what. I…

On the road…

There are those hours, days, weeks, and seasons when it seems that all in you is chaff and dross, when you long for the grain to “lie, sheer and clear” but you begin to doubt that there’s any grain under there at all.  And yet  day after day Jesus calls us to take up our…

Thoughts on a Friday

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…

Thankful for…

leaves soup time to rest a trip down memory lane the fact that spring will come a card and two letters from friends sunny days celebrating a new beginning with a good group of people unexpected visitors so much still to learn pumpkin scones (made with an egg and dried cranberries this time) (And can…

Broiled grapefruit

Grapefruit were on sale, and I picked up a few but just couldn’t bring myself to eat them.  Who wants cold grapefruit on a cold morning?  Not me, apparently…  Anyway, according to some sources, February is national grapefruit month, and, as I needed to plan a menu for an event, I decided that maybe grapefruit…

Vegan pumpkin scones with fresh cranberries (and very little sugar)

Doesn’t that look delicious in the morning light?  😉  I wrote previously about my experimental vegan pumpkin scones and accidentally leaving out the sugar.  It turns out that people seem to like them better that way! I’ve got a stash of cranberries that I need to use up, so one morning I decided to add…

Pumpkin and black bean curry

I was scrambling to put something together for a potluck one day, and this was the result.  It started out as this recipe, and I simplified it a bit (seeing as I hadn’t planned ahead enough to use dry beans).  It was a hit, and I’m happy to have another recipe to help me use…

Maple roasted chicken with carrots and sweet potatoes

The wind is howling outside, and I’ve been baking up a storm, very happy to be inside rather than out there where the temperature is dropping.  Along with trying to get back in the swing of planning my meals for the week, I’m also trying to make sure I use up things I’ve got before…