Monday, January 10, 2011

winter, etc.

Well, the snow is back…I saw some sledders during my run this afternoon, which reminded me that I haven’t been sledding in forever.


This is partly because I’ve most recently lived in places without sledding hills…and going back farther than that, in highschool, I was always afraid I’d break my arm and have to miss the rest of my gymnastics season. Too bad I managed to tear my hamstring and sprain both my ankles in two separate seasons…without any help from the snow.

Anyway, while enjoying the lovely 19 degree temps, I’ve been wearing my favorite warm scarf (made by the ex-roommate), cooking up comfort food, and doing some quality reading.


apple crumble [martha rose shulman]

Incredibly easy…I substituted oats for the quinoa topping simply because there is only one oven in the kitchen I’ll be teaching in, and I’m trying to time all my dishes carefully.


I know I’ve talked a lot about my appreciation for Michael Pollan’s books, but a friend recommended Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals to me, and I haven’t been able to put it down.


While Pollan does an excellent job digging into the history of food and explaining how our country developed such a problem with agriculture and eating food that is not food, Foer speaks more to the tie between human experience relevant to food.

Foer talks about the process behind his decision to eat (or not to eat) animals in a completely entertaining but thoughtful way. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in food responsibility. Perhaps a more detailed review to come in the future…

vegan un-mac & cheese [my breakfast blog]


My taste testers said calling this dish “mac & cheese” was misleading because it doesn’t taste like the mac & cheese. Fine then. Call it magical vegan pasta or whatever your little heart desires.

12 days new logo copy

Day 11: The gift of affirmation…

Words can be very powerful. Let your friends and family know what you appreciate about them. Your words of encouragement just might fall at a time when someone needs it most. A little cheesy, I know, but it’s definitely happened to me before.

Have you read Eating Animals? What is the best book you read in 2010?

Coming up

the LAST day in the 12 days of giving series. I’m really excited about this one because it features commuter cycling, which is becoming a semi-hot topic in the blogworld.



  1. Magical pasta? sounds amazzeee

  2. I have read Eating Animals and loved it. My friends who love JSF and never thought to stop eating animals want to read it too which is awesome.

  3. I haven't run outdoor this winter AT ALL! I miss it so much!!!

  4. People sled in Central Park, which is a little funny because the hills aren't necessarily sledding hills, but they make it work. Too funny.

    I haven't read Eating Animals...I'm in the first pages of Omnivore's Dilemma. The best book I read in 2010 was probably a book called Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Couldn't put it down!

  5. I loved Eating Animals. I've read a lot of books like that, but his was my all time favorite!

  6. Ahh I want to go sledding! So fun! And that vegan pasta dish looks fantastic. Oh, p.s.! I perused Delia's and found a coat I wanted... sadly they were out of my size in yellow so I got green instead. Thanks for the recommendation!

  7. go. sledding. end of story lady. it is a blast! i'm hoping to get in some good quality sledding in this recent storm we're supposed to get here

  8. I just found your blog and I love it! It's beautiful. Those books and meals look awesome. :)

  9. Emily, what are you baking for? Maybe I missed something in a previous post (sorry...sometimes I skim!). It sounds like you are testing recipes, is that right?? The "mac and cheese" sounds, and looks good, but people are so picky about mac and cheese. I agree, it probably shouldn't be called mac and cheese or you will get a lot of angry tasters! I'm learning a lot about people's tastes while working at MD.

  10. Well whatever you call it, the un mac and cheese still looks good. Didn't the un imply it wasn't?

  11. Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers.comJanuary 12, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Eating Animals is a powerful book. I bought it for my non-vegan husband to read but I wanted to read it first. Very good stuff. I used to eat fish/seafood as my "backup" if there was nothing vegan offered at a restaurant. No more!

  12. nope not read that book :-) you can fill me in not much time for reading with a toddler he he

    love apple crumble


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