Happy Holidays!


Here, have a hot bowl of vegetarian chili after all your last-minute holiday rush:

1 quart vegetable broth

1 cup brown rice

1 cup red lentils

1 cup sliced carrot

1 cup diced tomato

small diced chili pepper or jalepeno according to your taste

garlic powder

black pepper

onion powder


2 cups water

Put everything into a slow cooker, stir, and simmer on low 6 hours or until rice and carrots are soft

Our favorite garnish is a generous dollop of plain greek yogurt and a sprinkle of shredded extra sharp cheddar.


Happy Holidays to all!

Elfcon 2015


Wow that was a fast year!

Hard to believe it is almost another Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S.

I have a theory. I think foods are traditional to the holidays because great-great-great-granny had the good sense to realize that traditional = I don’t have to think about it.

It’s down to routine. Same shopping list. Same routine. Bake the cake and brine the turkey the day before, heave everything in the oven during the commercial breaks in the TV parade and bah-BAM. Dinner. The secret ingredient is to omit all the empty Clark-Griswold-ish expectations. If you are expecting a lot of fussy entertaining …you don’t know me very well. It’s just one day, but I’d rather save room for another helping of sweet potatoes than have a belly full of disingenuous-ness. Honesty is my favorite garnish. This year a piping hot mug of be yourself is on the menu.

Speaking of menu…let me take another stab at weekly menu ideas.

Monday: Spaghetti with green salad

Tuesday: Mushroom and Beef noodle soup

Wednesday: Yakionigiri with easy velvet corn soup

Thursday: Roast turkey, green bean casserole, black olives, mashed potatoes, pumpkin cake

Friday: turkey fried rice

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving



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