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Cajun Style Beans and Rice

I spent 10 years of my life as a vegetarian. I loved being a vegetarian. Even today, I sometimes feel like an icky traitor for eating meat. I’m aware that I’m weird. Just play along. I feel a special allegiance to meatless cuisine, and we eat meatless meals often around here. On and off over the last 12 years, Joe and I have eaten this beans and rice recipe for supper pretty often. We go in spurts, and we’ll eat it weekly for months and months and then put it away because we’re sick of it, and then get it … Read more

Cool Cucumber Salsa

How to make the best cucumber salsa recipe - This simple and easy dip uses crisp, fresh veggies and spicy peppers for the ultimate salsa!

I have a little mirror attached to the rearview mirror in my car. It telescopes and twists and turns so that I can keep an eye on my babe while I’m driving. I picked up our CSA share today, and I set the bag on the back seat as I do every week. This week, when I got in the front seat, I saw something that really made me laugh. I didn’t scold her or take it away because – seriously? The kid grabbed a fresh cucumber out of the bag and starting eating it! It was a parent’s dream. … Read more

Cucumber Salsa

How to make the best cucumber salsa recipe - This simple and easy dip uses crisp, fresh veggies and spicy peppers for the ultimate salsa!

  We garden. You knew that already, right?   When I bought my house, there was a dilapidated swimming pool inside of a little fence in the back yard. The pool had fallen into such disrepair that the only viable option was to rip it out. I never replaced it.   Last year, Joe decided to take advantage of the fenced-in area and build a little garden. (We live in a slightly wooden, suburban area, so we get critters of all shapes and sizes.)   At first, the garden didn’t produce much. He mulched and fertilized and tilled. Still a … Read more