Am I Doing it Right???

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My sixth-grader is hard on himself. When I sit down to help him with his homework, the first thing out of his mouth is, “I don’t know if I did it right.” When I start to read aloud a rough-draft essay of his, he’ll cry out, “Oh, stop reading. It’s total crap.” A few days […]

Ham and White Bean Soup to Stop the Ticker-Tape of My Mind

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Every night I go to bed hoping it won’t happen. I pull close the blackout shades. Cut the Rooster off of SportsCenter. Do some stretching. Some deep breathing. Slap on my eye mask. Occasionally, put in some ear plugs. All hoping it will help. Every dang morning (if you can call it morning), I am […]

A Bowl of Potato Corn Chowder and Pondering What Not to Wear

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I had known about this trip for months. Five months to be exact. Five months to pack, go to the grocery store, make carpool arrangements, buy Birthday presents. Five months to figure out why the fan on my laptop runs continuously when I use it. But here it was t-minus three days and I had yet […]

Peas and Carrots, Carrots and Peas Spring Soup

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I sit here in the shadows just out of sight like my mother did before me. There but not there. Still needed but not seen.Watching you with your friends. Linking hands with these friends as you jump unabashedly into the water. Holding handstand competitions.Saddling up to these friends on the chair lift. Laughing and singing […]

Lentil and Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup for the Soul

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I remember the moment distinctly. When she noticed. When she asked me about it. Back in the days when I would drive my 5-year-old daughter 30 minutes to attend a 30-minute “ballet” class and then, 30 minutes back home, all with her younger brother in tow. Back when I didn’t make things very easy on […]

Lighten Up Chili (i.e. Even in the Midst of Teenage Chaos There is Something to be Learned)

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There I was in organizing bliss. Well, actually, scratch that. I was hyperventilating and covered in perspiration as I surveyed the boxes of games and puzzles with missing pieces and cried out in desperation, “Someone get me an Old Fashioned!” even though I don’t drink Old Fashioneds but my Granny always used to ask for […]

The Super Duper Pooper Scooper…Makes White Bean and Kale Soup

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“I feel like a…like a…sh@$ shoveler. I can’t help it and I know I’m like a broken record whining and moaning about this every year at this time. But I do. Every year there’s this grand celebration about gifts and giving but once it’s over and everyone has moved on to the next “big thing” […]

A Little Minestrone, A Little AM Northwest and A Lot of Calendars

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who purchased a 2011 La Pomme de Portland calendar. They have completely sold out. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. I am touched…truly. As my 5-year old would say, “I’m not jus’ sayin’ that. It’s for true!” Once the dust settles, I believe we’ll be […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Mexican Soup…the Perfect Meal at the End of a Long Ride Down the Highway

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On a highway. In the middle of Mt. Hood National Forest. Our car was in park. The engine off. And even though there was a line of cars behind us, as far as I could see, in the same predicament, it was strangely quiet. Dark. The snow gently falling all around us. Those big luscious […]

Baked Minestrone to Evoke Memories Long Since Passed

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I had been forewarned about the hairpin turns but what I hadn’t been prepared for was the splendor of the canyon ablaze in reds and golds. The tiniest of the three of us had somehow managed to wedge herself in the “back” as we headed south in the cherry red sports car. The beauty of […]

AM Northwest is in MY Kitchin’ and We’re Making "Soup on Monday"

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When the kind, sweet people at AM Northwest asked if they could film a cooking segment in my kitchen, my first thought was, “Oh no, now I really am going to have to clean out that pantry.” There’s not much you can’t find in my pantry. I like to keep my kitchen well-stocked with staples. […]

A Creamy Tomato Soup and Our Humanity

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Chuckling to myself I typed these words into my phone, “Left home 4am. Arrived SFO 8am. BlogHer Food starts tomorrow. Had coffee. Now what?” And then, “Poof!”, out into cyberspace went my note.I looked up, almost to see if anyone had noticed what I had just done. I glanced over at the man playing the violin […]

Pasta e Fagioli Soup for a Tired Mind

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It’s only Monday and yet, I woke up exhausted. The kind of exhausted that hits you to the core. I thought, “Gads…I need a weekend to recover from the weekend.” Somehow I managed to drag myself downstairs and throw lunches together for my children. The standard fare…peanut butter and jelly, grapes, a couple of cookies, […]

A Delightful Spring Birthday Soup

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What is it about certain ages that stir our emotions? Emotions that are both jubilant at one end and sometimes bittersweet at the other. You know the ages I’m referring to….1, 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 40, 65, 100 (if we should be so lucky). My youngest little buddy just turned 5 and …

One Last Fling with a Winter Greens Soup…Before Spring

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Not much sleep was to be had on the transatlantic flight. And now, they had us staying in a little school on the outskirts of Lisbon, trying to indoctrinate us into the Portuguese culture for 48 hours, before meeting up with strangers who would be our family for the summer.I have lived my entire life […]

Nourished by a Spicy Pumpkin Soup and So Much More

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Although out-of-breath and with quivering legs, I managed to brace myself against the wind. I had made it to the top of the dune, aptly named, “8-minutes of Hell.” I have to admit that with the sand packed down by the winter rains, it wasn’t nearly as trying of a climb as in the summer […]

The Ultimate "Chick" Soup with Butternut Squash and Apples

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I love to putter. Putter, as in, being able to wake-up alarmless, make a cup of tea, start to unload the dishwasher and then, leaving the door wide open, satisfy a sudden desire to peruse through my favorite food blogs upon which half-way through the list, I am seized by an urgent need to tidy […]

Portland Food Carts: Savor Soup House

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Once every six weeks or so, I enter “La Salon” and I emerge…drum roll, please…The Breck Shampoo girl. Silky, smooth, flip through the air hair. Fan anyone? All the days in between, I prefer the air-dry method for my crazy, curly hair that can only be tamed with a hair band – in other …

Lentil Soup for a Blustery Day

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Despite its self-proclaimed “Day of Rest”, I was exhausted from the weekend. The morning was dark until way past 8am. I was sleepy. I knew that exercising would help clear my mind but I was too tired to exercise. I stared out the window as the torrential rain rammed against the side of our house. […]