Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


A trio of breakfast options

Breakfast Items
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

I love breakfast. I’m also the type of person who needs to eat breakfast (and drink coffee) or I spend the rest of the day in a foul mood.  Weekday breakfast usually means toast, hard-boiled eggs or granola and yogurt.  On the weekend, it’s usually scrambled eggs, waffles or pancakes. Continue reading



Vindaloo Vegetables

Vindaloo Vegetables

Remember that half-head of cauliflower I had left over from the Baked Potato Soup?  Well, I knew I needed to use it by Wednesday so I had to find a recipe that both used a bit of cauliflower and was slow-cooker friendly.  I went right to Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker and found a perfect match – Vindaloo Vegetables. Continue reading


African Pineapple Peanut Stew

African Pineapple Peanut Stew

I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this recipe, but I can vouch for its deliciousness!  I hadn’t realized how long I have been making this recipe until I overheard Gist telling her Auntie about it on the phone last night – apparently I started making it way back when we were living in San Francisco.  It comes from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home – I love Moosewood cookbooks! Continue reading


Lemon-Lavender Sorbet


I love sorbet, especially lemon sorbet.  There’s something so bright and refreshing about it – it’s the perfect combination of tart, sweet and cold.  It’s also super-easy to prepare if you have an ice cream maker*. Continue reading


Black Beans with Beets & Orange Juice

Black Beans and Beets with Orange Juice

This is one of the prettiest things I have ever made.  A few years ago I was in Texas sharing a meal with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew; as they ordered they talked a lot about “eating the rainbow.”  My nephew, however, didn’t want to eat nice, colorful veggies – he wanted white bread.  His response when asked about where white bread fit into the rainbow?  “White is a mixture of all the colors so eating the bread is eating the rainbow.”  That child is a Gries through and through.  Continue reading

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Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onion, Rice, and Spinach

Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onion, Rice, and Spinach

After the cupcake bonanza of the past few days, both Gist and I needed something a bit more healthy to eat yesterday – lentils to the rescue!  I also needed something that was either quick and easy or able to be prepared in the afternoon and served in the evening because Wednesday night is yoga night.  This recipe for Lentil Soup that I found in this past Sunday’s Boston Globe fit the bill perfectly. Continue reading

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Happy Spring!

Some tulips at the Bulb Show. I adore tulips!

Do you want to know the hardest part of keeping track of what I eat for $60 a week?  Taking pictures.  Today I have one, not so great photo of my supper because by the time I had prepared it I was so starving that I didn’t want to take the time to compose and take a good shot.  It’s something to work on for the future… Continue reading

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And I still have $14.73 left over…

Sweet and Spicy Lentil Chili

That, quite frankly, surprises me.  It must be the accountability of the internets.  As I said when I started, sometimes I spend more than $60 a week – this leftover $14.73 will go into a separate envelope to provide a cushion for when I do.

Tonight’s recipe was a new one and it’s a keeper – Sweet and Spicy Lentil Chili from Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson.  Continue reading

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Art and food, two of my favorite things…

Endlessly Repeating 20th Century Modernism (and me)
That’s me reflected in some art that’s also a reflection of itself…

No post yesterday for a couple of reasons – Wednesday was all about the leftovers so there wasn’t any cooking or shopping happening here (but there was some re-heating going on), and on Thursday I went to the MFA, one of my favorite places in the world.  And here I’ll give you a how to have fun on a budget tip (especially if you think nothing is more fun than a museum) – did you know that libraries have free or discounted museum passes?  They do!  I called the library to see if they had the pass on the day I wanted it, reserved it, picked it up and headed on my way.  The pass program is funded by grants so the museum gets revenue and I get to save money by using the pass – it’s quite awesome.  I have the ICA pass reserved for next Thursday – I’m dying to see the Shepard Fairey show. Continue reading