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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans

Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans

I love baked beans. I love them in the winter, when baking them in the oven warms the house, and in the summer, when using the slow cooker makes having them and a cool house a possibility. I love them served over brown bread and I love them at cookouts. They are delicious, but they definitely take planning. Continue reading


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Fennel & Carrot Slaw

Carrot & Fennel Slaw

Seeing as summer is almost over, I should tell you about the best slaw ever.  What makes it the best slaw ever?  Fennel, one of my favorite flavors, and a lack of mayonnaise.  Oh, it’s easy too. Continue reading


Coconut Rice with Edamame & Leeks

Coconut Rice with Edamame & Leeks

Playing catch-up here – this was that dinner that I made for Gist’s birthday way back on May 5th.  This is a really nice spring-time dish, which is not surprising considering it came from the Spring section of Jack Bishop’s A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen.  It even looks like spring – I love the play of the different colors of green against the white rice. Continue reading

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Hitting the reset button…

DeCordova Museum

Last week was a budget buster! I managed to keep the grocery bill under $60 but the only way I was able to do so was because we ate out on Monday, got pizza on Wednesday, ate out on Saturday, and went out to brunch on Sunday morning (and I enjoyed every second of it) – that’s like a typical pre-layoff week for us and it was pricey.  This week will be all about reeling it back in. Continue reading

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Peanut & Sesame Noodles and Asian Cucumber Salad


I have been making this tasty vegan meal for years.  It’s the perfect combination of sweet, salty and tangy and easy enough, especially with some prep, for Wednesday after yoga, when I’m tired and starving!  It’s also good cold, nice for hot days and picnics. Continue reading