As our family prepares for our luminary tradition at Christmas, I’ve been thinking, what are traditions and why do they matter? WHAT ARE TRADITIONS Definition 1: A tradition is a planned habit with significance. Definition 2: Tradition is the handing down of information, beliefs, worldview from one generation to another by word of mouth and […]Read more "Tradition"
This is how to do cozy cooking in the fall when it’s still 100 degrees outside. #californialiving For the tacos: 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled if desired and diced into 1/2-inch cubes 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Salt and freshly ground black pepper […]Read more "Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Corn Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Yogurt Dressing"
‘ll say this briefly, football is NOT my thing. I did play powderpuff in high school; it was fierce, and it was fun! However, today my one appreciation of this sport (that seems at times to have placed itself annoyingly at the center of attention on every occasion) is the fare. And, Super Sunday is the only day I […]Read more "Get Your Game On"
For the Cake: 1 1/2 cups plain/all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted 3/4 cup buttermilk 2 larges eggs 2 large egg whites Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease then line a 8-9 inch cake pan with baking paper. In a […]Read more "Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Earl Grey Icing & Salted Caramel"
No matter how dry your turkey is or how lumpy your gravy, if you put this out for dessert, all will be forgiven. Not forgotten, all right, we are talking about family, but it will be forgiven. The good news, it’s the easiest ever for a rich pie filling that’s less likely to crack on top! 1 […]Read more "Best Ever Pumpkin Pie"
Comfort food has to be full of carbohydrates, able to be eaten with a spoon and served in a bowl. To me, bowl food equals soul food. And this recipe hits the mother lode. It’s a southern classic that my grandmother used to make, but I’ve changed it to make it my own. It’s easy to prepare and simply delicious. […]Read more "Creamy Chicken with Biscuits"
SCHOOLING School is not just a repetitious and regular place to learn mathematics or literacy. It is not some small world of one’s own experience. A whole world’s worth and a whole history’s worth of knowledge is conveyed through an education. As it is meant to teach, a child will take away from the classroom thoughts […]Read more "Anything Schools Can Do, We Can Do Better"
Braised beef brisket is the quintessential Jewish holiday dish for Passover or Rosh Hashanah. It also makes a festive main course at any time of the year, for any faith. I’m a big believer in the fall season so I like to make this recipe when the weather outside requires that I wear an oversized sweater. The sweet-sour yam-and-prune […]Read more "Beef Brisket with Yams and Prunes"
I believe in the goodness of God, but have found myself on occasion troubled by my Grandmother’s story of pain and suffering and trying to make sense of life when it makes no sense at all. Losing your father during your youth, watching cancer take your sister away from her babies, burying a son crushed […]Read more "What My Grandmother Didn’t Know She Taught Me"
6 1/2 cups blackberries 9 1/3 tablespoons organic cane sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon rosewater (available at gourmet grocers and Amazon.com) Make Simple Syrup: In a small pot over medium-high heat, bring sugar and an equal amount of water to a simmer. Stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside until cool, about 10 […]Read more "Homemade Blackberry-Rose Ice Pops"
1 small red cabbage, chopped 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted 1 pack of Ramen noodles, uncooked 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup peanut oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons sugar 1 green onion, chopped (optional) Combine the cabbage, almonds, sesame seeds, and Ramen noodles in […]Read more "Red Cabbage Salad"
1 1/4 pounds green beans 1 cup grainy mustard (I like Eden Foods Organic Brown Mustard) 1 large shallot, chopped 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 2 cups walnut oil or canola oil salt & pepper Blanch green beans in a large pot of salted water until bright green and tender […]Read more "Green Beans with Grainy Mustard Dressing"
What March is to college hoops fans and September is to the fashion crowd, these next few months are to the food-obsessed, particularly to those here in The Mustard Seed House. We wait all year for summer, when the market is exploding with produce; when we can stand next to a hot grill, cold drink […]Read more "Let’s Take It Outside"
Tired of the monosyllabic grunts? The silent pea-pushing? Spin this handy cutout wheel (assembly instructions provided) for a question guaranteed to perk up your table talk.Read more "Table Talk Wheel"
1 or more artichokes (depending on the size of the steaming basket) 1 clove of garlic 1 lemon slice 1 bay leaf Slice about 3/4 inch to an inch off the tips of the artichokes and pull off any smaller leaves toward the base and on the stem. Cut excess stem, leaving up to an inch, […]Read more "How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke"