This girl’s gotta eat . . . without meat

Here’s a little family secret:  I could do just fine without meat at the table.  But husband/life and meal partner grows a little grumpy after a hiatus.  And I believe in sharing meals as opposed to short order family dining.  It was my guilty pleasure to prepare the table for a vegetarian Spanish guest this week–thank you for dropping in, friends!  The meal:  falafel and jajik, couscous laced with cilantro, spiked with cranberries and garbanzos, garden greens, Lebanese bread (from the bakery) and a fresh fruit tart.  Despite the tart crust turning out a little less flaky than usual, I felt like a pampered guest right at home.  Here’s to crossing cultures in the cookery.




Chowder for the Wolf at the Door

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Apple Soup Sendoff

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Peppered Corn Meal

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