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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


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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


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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