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November 2016

crepés with homemade sour cream
November 27, 2016

They’re Not Flat Pancakes. They’re Crepes. And They’re Delicious.

"Eat your crepes." The boy loves pancakes, but I wanted crepes. I made the boy crepes. "Mom, I don't want flat pancakes," said the boy. "Make me regular ones." "They're not flat pancakes," I said. "They're crepes." He wouldn't budge. More for me. Crepes, blintzes, or blini, are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They're a low-cost, easy option that you can make ahead as well. Crepes fall under the category of "mystery food that's really easy." You'd pay a lot for these in a bistro, not realizing they are quick to make and take ten cents worth of ingredients you already…
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November 24, 2016

10 Ways to Have an Affordable, Waste-Free Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving time... "Do you want to get a free-range turkey for Thanksgiving?" My husband texted me a local farm's screenshot for $5.99/pound. "Is that a good price?" I'm a vegetarian. I'm happy with a carrot. I usually make Indian food--the smell of fresh-ground spices blends with the scent of roasting turkey causing the non-vegetarians to tell me how much "that doesn't smell like Thanksgiving." It does to me. Still, I understand why we need to cook the huge meal. It's tradition. Kids all over America are drawing turkeys right now, donning Pilgrim hats, putting feathers in their hair. A proper Thanksgiving dinner must be…
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miso soup
November 13, 2016

Miso Soup with Mustard Greens Will Warm Your Soul

Miso Soup with Mustard Greens What do vegetarians eat when they're sick? Miso soup since your grandmother's famous chicken noodle soup isn't an option. We have to improvise. Miso is a very simple broth to use in anything. It's fermented bean paste, and it comes in a ton of varieties--gluten-free, white, red, spicy, mild... there are a ton of different kinds. Taste them all until you find one you like. If you're at the regular grocery store, miso is a specialty item. Expect to pay a ton. I was at the Asian store yesterday and I got four three different types, red,…
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report card
November 12, 2016

Sanity Tips: Don’t Go Crazy At Report Card Time

Keep your sanity at report card time! The day before report card day is one of four days a year students miraculously care about the number in the grade book. Nobody cared when I said, "Sure, get that to me tomorrow," or "It'll be posted on the Google Classroom Wall." Today they care--because they're about to get "the lecture" at home. They line up at your door, knock during class, and send a thousand emails to try to make up work before grades go home. If you're strong and amazing, you probably have an ironclad policy for this, something like "No!" I've…
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November 11, 2016

My World-Famous Gluten-Free (maybe even Paleo!) Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding: The perfect dessert This rice pudding is amazing. I used to work at a Greek diner. Rice pudding was one of the desserts that flew off the shelf. I don't know if this is the exact rice pudding recipe that I learned. I adapt and modify everything as I go and I rarely measure. Still, I feel confident my former boss would be proud at how I took his genius and ran with it, adapting for every foodie, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, and "Wait! I don't eat that!" person I could find. Actually, I think he'd say this rice…
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