A Simple Journal

to acknowledge what nourishes my body and soul

Toasted Buttercup Squash Seeds

Winter squash, such as pumpkin, sweet dumpling, and buttercup, are bountiful during this time of year. They’re a beautiful way to decorate a home in the fall. They’re also a great way to get beta carotene into your diet to decrease the risk of certain eye diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Beta carotene is what makes most […]

Fig Love

Life without figs would be heartbreaking.  I’ve been eating fresh figs at the end of each summer for as long as I can remember.  After all these years, I’ve become well acquainted with the two types of figs in my garden.  The fig on the left has a mellow, honey flavor, while the one on the right has […]

Concord Grape Pie

Two summers ago was the first time I baked and tasted grape pie.  I followed a recipe in the Sept. 2008 issue of Bonappetit  to make use of the Concord grapes that grow in my backyard.   Click here for the recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2008/09/grape_pie_with_lemon_verbena_ice_cream I’m lucky to have my own supply of Concord grapes, since they aren’t so popular in supermarkets.   The pie recipe […]

Stuffed Tomatoes & Fresh Tomato Sauce

On a hot summer day, it’s nice to keep the oven off and to eat food that’s light, fresh, and maybe vegetarian.  The flavor of these tomatoes stuffed with brown rice and walnuts remind me of stuffed bell peppers, because the main ingredients used are similar minus the ground meat.  If you prefer, substitute cooked ground beef for the […]