Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Hazelnuts

Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Hazelnuts

I love Brussels sprouts but Gist has long complained that she hates them. This recipe (and some prodding to actually try them from our pro-Brussels sprouts friends, Jill and Jason) convinced her otherwise. Continue reading



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


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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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