lemon basil lentils with black beans + roasted summer vegetables

I take my own screw-ups far too seriously. When I’m wrong or in the wrong, the inner marshmallow plumes: I’m stripped of indifference, I apologize profusely, I want to right everything at once and mellow tempers and for the remainder of the day I dwell on the error even if it was minute & forgotten by the other party in five seconds. I suppose, then, that writing is partway so appealing because of the delete button. Retry. The writing won’t hold a grudge. This lentil recipe, too. Forgiveness between cook & cuisine is valuable like forgiveness between humans.

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Summer Squash & Vine Tomato Galette + Rosemary Pea Pesto

I allude to the future frequently on Venturing East. Perhaps the rambles of then are my way of cementing the future’s presence, and assuring myself that I am approaching one that won’t like a black hole stretch me thin & gulp me behind its stark black fangs. Writing has always been my way of adding permanence to the abstract. Once in word form, a concept or a wish exits dormancy. Words are a knight’s shield and a king’s royal orders.  Continue reading “Summer Squash & Vine Tomato Galette + Rosemary Pea Pesto”

Gathering for Two: Infused Olive Oil with Basil, Feta & Mint + 2 Cheese Spinach & Portabella Soup + Bourbon Blueberry Iced Sweet Tea

I don’t claim to be an expert on hosting, or laying a table, or homemaking in general. But as with any art, a delicate eye and a willingness to practice until your hands and soul are raw yields improvement. So I started small with supper audienced by merely my mom and myself, as good a company as I need.

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Cheddar Chive Foccacia

Warm, cheesy bread is a godsend after a day of errand running & literal running across a parking lot beneath heavy raindrops. Failing, clothes becoming soaked, goosebumps rising like little hills on your arms from the chill of an AC against wet skin. But bread. It cheers the heart. Continue reading “Cheddar Chive Foccacia”

July 4th Culinary Roundup| Greek Potato Salad + Homemade Butter + Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread

Setting the table for Independence Day before I discovered the beauty of the kitchen, its heat, its flavors as many as stars in a cloudless night, was a more boring affair. Hot dogs, charred. Baked beans zapped and poured in a bowl and called a masterpiece. This year, not so. Continue reading “July 4th Culinary Roundup| Greek Potato Salad + Homemade Butter + Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread”