When Will Dinner be Ready?

November 5, 2013

  I stood over the pan of sputtering shrimp and watched as they turned from sea gray to sunset pink.  They were coated with a garlicky onion mix tinged green from the fresh cilantro and dill.  A pungent Middle Eastern aroma sprung up from the pan when I added the Kuwaiti spice mix that I […]

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So what happened to Feeding Andrew?

August 4, 2012

Andrew is still eating and he has learned to make a good pasta carbonara when I’m away, but I am still the designated chef! Unfortunately, my vacations seem to be cursed and this summer was no exception.  The experience is still a little too close to calmly devise a compelling narrative, so I’ll just give […]

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The Courtship of Andrew’s Father

May 20, 2012

He asked me twice in the morning. “Dad, are you my best friend?” The first time, I thought it was Andrew being goofy.  He had asked this while passing through the kitchen on his way to something else besides food. I answered off the cuff, “Of course, I’m your best friend.  Who else would make […]

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Carbo Loading For Life

March 19, 2012

  I just dropped off Andrew at 4:15 a.m. for the bus that is going to take him to the starting line of the Los Angeles Marathon where at 15 years old he will run a race that will hopefully become a living metaphor of all the possibilities that life has to hold for him. […]

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Hummus for the Soul

March 11, 2012

  Hummus is one of Andrew’s favorite snacks.  In fact, I knew I had raised a foodie one day a few years after he came to live with me.  I was in a hurry one morning and had asked him to make his own sandwich.  When I came into the kitchen, I found him beaming […]

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Pancakes, Hold The Dairy.

March 10, 2012

After our first 4 days of being vegans, Andrew and I were really in need of some comfort food.  I wanted to make something for him that would make this change not quite so drastic and give him hope that he could actually do it.  I knew that he would love my grandmother’s pancakes (“Dad’s […]

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Eating to Live and Living to eat

March 2, 2012

  Last night my good friend stopped by and talked with me as I cooked the evening meal.   He curiously inspected the cupboards and every inch of the refrigerator looking for signs of heretical ingredients and hidden hypocrisy lurking on packaging information that we may have missed during our Lenten exorcism of all things non-vegan. […]

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It’s Not Easy Being Green!

February 26, 2012

  Kermit said it best: “It’s not easy being green.” Last Tuesday night we said “goodbye” to all things animal.  We didn’t let go easy and we celebrated Fat Tuesday and the days proceeding up to it with spaghetti carbonara, hamburgers, duck liver pate, and enough eggs, white flour, and sugar to build a small […]

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The Slippery Slope to Veganism

February 22, 2012

Five years ago when I asked Andrew what he wanted to give up for Lent, he immediately answered, “meat!” I broke out in a sweat. “You can’t give up meat,” I told him. “Why not?  I want to give up meat!” he rebounded with growing enthusiasm now that I was against it. I started to […]

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Make Tarts Not War!

February 18, 2012

  I think I’m going to pick a fight with my son; it shouldn’t be too hard.  I’ll stand at his bedroom door while he does his homework and preach to him about the evil effects of multitasking and media on concentration.  He hates that conversation and I can usually get him worked up into […]

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