mushroom + green bean omelet

IMG_7750These mornings here in Berkeley with one of my best friends are my favorite. Late nights are followed up with slow but efficient mornings. Coffee and devotions, breakfast and newspapers, and then we’re all off to different places. I love walking and cycling everywhere, but for such active days, a decent breakfast is essential. Continue reading


kale chips with garlic olive oil

IMG_2227Look at this! Two green recipes in a row… can you believe it? There would’ve been three, except the day I picked to make one of my favorite pastas ever, natural light was being SO uncooperative. Uncooperative as in, ugh these clouds are making it feel like 8pm at 3pm, why is this happening to me??

I’m sort of over it now, having reconciled myself to the fact that I’ll just have to make the pasta again really soon, and hopefully pick a more suitable day.

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roasted butternut squash soup

IMG_2183My family might have thought that the world was ending today. Because I cooked bacon. No one asked me to, I just did it. For a little bit of background, I don’t eat bacon. Like, ever. I have no desire to eat bacon. I used to eat bacon, but I don’t anymore, and I don’t miss it in the least. You can roll your eyes and call me crazy… I’m okay with that (I have to be okay with it, since that’s practically what my family does every time bacon makes an appearance at the breakfast table).

It’s not that I feel sorry for pigs. And I’m not a vegetarian or a pescetarian. Bacon is just one of those things that isn’t very healthy, and I don’t feel a need to eat it, so I don’t.

I made an exception today though for this lovely soup. It’s pureed, so I think the bacon is an important textural element. The combination of flavors is a beautiful one too. Sweet soup, with a little kick from cayenne pepper, pungent gorgonzola cheese, and smoky bacon. It’s the perfect lunch to warm you up on a cold, cloudy day.

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