November 26, 2014

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple & Pecans

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I don’t have the words to encapsulate the gratitude I feel for my community. For each and every one of the people who touches my life on a regular basis, for those who have come and gone in my life and those who I only get to interact with from time to time. Lately, my mind has been consumed by the topic of community. The community we surround ourselves with greatly impacts, although often unknowingly, our lives. Not only the life we live out today or lived yesterday, but all of the days leading up to today and for the rest of our lives moving forward. For, our community is filled with endless teachers. Regardless of how we feel about any one of the people in our lives, they come to us for a reason. And for that, I’m eternally grateful. This year I’m giving thanks for all of the people in my life. Thank you for pushing me, supporting me, challenging me, calling me out, laughing with me, questioning me, giving me advice, testing my patience, humbling me, taking the time to get to know me, loving me, spending time with me and most of all being my teacher.

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November 20, 2014

Spicy Polenta Breakfast Bowl

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On a whim we journeyed down Highway 1 south to Big Sur. In search of some inspiration and fresh air we made fast plans. We hit the road early and found ourselves at Big Sur Bakery just in time for brunch service to begin. After setting up camp we headed for the mountains. The severe incline matched by the dramatic coastal landscape, each peak revealing itself as merely the base of the next. A persistent reminder that in order to see more clearly, the journey is a continuous arduous upward climb worth every step. After a quiet reflective drive back down the coast, we hit sunset just right overlooking the water. The rowdy group seated next to us filled the place with positivity as they celebrated 60 years of life. A moment I can only hope for and to be surrounded by such adoring loved ones. Huddled around the campfire, we sat in awe, so thankful for the adventure the day had given us.

Spicy Polenta Breakfast Bowl - The Sunday Table (1 of 3)

This recipe is inspired by the mushroom and polenta breakfast at Big Sur Bakery.

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November 12, 2014

Spicy Curried Kabocha Squash Soup

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about perception and the role that it plays in our lives. Perception is something we almost unconsciously mistake as fact. It is how we write our story day in and day out. We perceive ourselves a certain way, which in turn affects our actions. We perceive others as a version we’ve created of them in our minds. Every moment we choose to perceive the world in a positive or negative light, we create a perceived reality for every situation.

There’s this idea in yoga philosophy about illusion, Maya. That through our ego we create a belief that we are separate from everything else. This illusion, rooted in ignorance, is what causes us to be insensitive to others, to put our own needs above those of others or the greater good. Without enlightenment we see the world through this transparent veil of illusion which distorts the reality or truth. It comprises our memories, our perceptions, our biases, which get projected onto our daily interactions. We can seek enlightenment to lift the veil and see the truth or we can continue to allow distortion to settle in.

While enlightenment is a continuous journey, every day we can choose to be mindful of our perceptions. I prefer to view the world through a positive lens, to scan the situation for the good. To view others for their beauty rather than their faults. In times of frustration I find it helpful to return to those moments of my day and see where perception snuck in as reality and then reevaluate. This practice helps me learn more about myself and teaches me to be a stronger version of myself and thereby be a better partner, friend and member of society.

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November 5, 2014

Turmeric Orange Lassi

Turmeric Orange Lassi - The Sunday Table (4 of 4)I was a cup overfilled. The tap pouring down on me, filling me up over and over again without being emptied. The new and present mixing, incomplete, excess let drop to the floor. Unable to see where it ended and I began, I had to carry the water myself. In a move of force, I broke the cycle.

With my love by my side, I hopped a plane and took a breath. I went home. Home to a wellspring of love and support, of childish glee, of colorful fall scenery. Five short days with friends old and new, surrounded by family, in places I know by heart; I felt renewed. My strength restored, I left so grateful for it all. For the cup that runneth over, for the opportunity to be the vessel, for the breath of fresh air, for the combination of the familiar and the undiscovered.

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“Real change happens on the level of the gesture. It’s one person doing one thing differently than he or she did before…The work is there. It’s our task. Doing it will give us strength and clarity. It will bring us closer to who we hope to be…You’ve earned the right to grow. You’re going to have to carry the water yourself.” — Cheryl Strayed, ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

This turmeric orange lassi is adapted from Green Kitchen Travels, the latest cookbook by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl of Green Kitchen Stories.

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October 22, 2014

The Yellow Table Dinner Party

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Anna’s blog, The Yellow Table, has been a favorite of mine for a long time. When she announced she’d be publishing her own cookbook, I was thrilled to see her make that dream a reality. I followed along as she documented the journey  and almost a year ago now I offered to help test a few recipes for the book. Being quite the entertainer, Anna had the wonderful idea of recipe testing a small menu and throwing a dinner party to showcase the recipes. The menu I tested featured honey-dijon salmon, a brussels sprouts dish, a quinoa and butternut squash salad along with the most delicious almond cake. As you can see I’ve got a long way to go in my table settings and serving platters but the food and company was so fantastic none of us seemed to care. Based on the few dishes we tried, I highly recommend pre-ordering The Yellow Table Cookbook, which will be released in November.

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