Around the table: A Thanksgiving Poem

Around the table We will gather   Around the table We will give thanks   Around the table We will eat   Around the table We will discuss ……………………….. Around the table All are not welcome   Around the table We will argue   Around the table Families will take sides   Around the table Myths and stereotypes abound …………………………………………… Around the Table All are welcome   Around the Table

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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: 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: 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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