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On sickness, feminism, and sacrifice: Thoughts on “doing it all”

“How do you do it?” The question lobbed gently at me last week from a curious junior in college. “The schooling, the job, the wanting a family, what does that look like?” My mind went blank.  I wanted to give her a stellar answer with an impression that I have it all figured out.  But I simply looked back at her and said, “I don’t know.” However, something was clear

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Coffee Cake

CISP: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

It’s midterm time. So of course, I spent my morning make this huge coffee cake for me and the only other two people living in my house.  At first I thought it would be too small for the cast iron skillet.  Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, made hers in a bundt pan. But the trusty skillet came through again. Turns out the coffee cake was ginormous.  We didn’t even make

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CISP chicken

CISP: Roast Chicken with Caramelized Vegetables

I can think of few foods that make my house a home more than this one.  Nate and I roasted our first chicken after buying our fixer-upper house.  I have fond memories of starting it much too late at night and then eating it off a platter cozied up in bed. The juiciness of the chicken coupled with the hints of rosemary and lemon melted in our mouth. The caramelized

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CISP: Ratatouille with eggs and gruyere

It’s no secret that we have chickens.  I am always looking for ideas of what to do with our eggs other than just scramble them.  This cookbook has helped: I’m also a fan of Ratatouille, the food and the movie with the rat.  I was surprised when I learned that what little Remy makes was, in fact, not ratatouille, but a tart tian. Ratatouille is much more messy – hard

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CISP: Caramelized apple, bacon, gorgonzola pizza

Pizza. The world is better because of this food. And what could be better than all of these amazing ingredients together: apples, onions, cheese, and bacon. Here is what it looked like: Again, I’m not a food photog. But for all intents and purposes, I think this looks like home cooking at its best. I never made a pizza my cast iron skillet before and it turned out so well!

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CISP: Salt

CISP: Care and Cleaning

Bacon and salt. Need I say more?  …. probably. Here is this week’s CISP (Cast Iron Skillet Project) picture:   Salt. Lovely white granules of deliciousness. When I first got my pan, I did everything like I was supposed to – baked the skillet for an hour at 400 after coating it with olive oil.  I turned it upside down in the oven and followed instructions.  But it kept rusting

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Practicing peace in chaos

This summer, I read an amazing book titled In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice by Bonnie Miller-McLemore.  Her words were filled with permission and hope as I try to figure out what it looks like to be mom and have some semblance of a spiritual life. She makes the keen observation that most of her (and my own) spiritual sages she grew up learning from did

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CISP: The humble potato

The potato.  We have had an up and down relationship together. I discovered it to be a complex carbohydrate in college and swore them off.  But let’s be honest.  Who can resist a golden french fry no matter what it is fried in?  Hashbrowns? Roasted with garlic and mashed, with a sprinkle of parmesan.  Oh wow, I need to learn not to write these posts in the morning before breakfast.

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A year with my cast iron skillet

I have been inspired this year by Staci Kennelly. Seriously, check out her photos, she is amazing! This past year, she got a new sink and has posted pictures of it every day.  It is a container for mess, beauty, creativity, childhood, and hospitality — things I would associate with Staci even though I have only met her a couple times (but we have a great facebook relationship ). (Photo

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Trust and surrender: Reflections on parenting

Desires to write and reflect have emerged more since my baby turned one. I have tried to write a couple of blogs this summer about how I think parenting is one of the most divisive things I have ever been part of or why in the world I think getting my PhD is important in this season?  But what I keep returning to are the three most important words I

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