Monthly Archives: December 2017

Split Pea Soup with Potato

  Today is our final morning at our family’s Vermont retreat.  Somehow time up here finds a beautiful way of standing still.  Maybe it’s the fact that there is no TV and we spend full days together, reading, playing games, laughing, and grazing.  Maybe it’s the fact that that there is no ‘agenda’ for several […]

Sausage and Broccoli Make-Ahead Strata

I’ve seen many make-ahead breakfast bakes posted this week and I fully understand why this is a well loved and well utilized tradition around the holidays.  I remember my mother first making  this strata for Christmas in 2013 when we hosted my husband’s parents for a holiday feast.  She used this recipe from King Arthur […]

Baba’s Borscht

Christmas is a time when we make many of my grandmother’s (Baba) recipes as explained by the story that I wrote in this post about her homemade pirohi. Typically for this weekend we prepare a European Cream of Barley Soup which is a soup filled with leeks, carrots, celery and barley swimming in a thin […]

Baba’s Pirohi

Christmas Eve in our family holds some of my favorite traditions of the year. Growing up we visited my Baba and Pop for Christmas Eve dinner where they prepared a Ukrainian 12 course feast that’s been served for generations. The story below contains my reflections on this meal combined with excerpts from a similar essay […]

Cranberry Orange Pear Relish

Do you listen to the podcast Gastropod yet? If not, you should start! I watched them tape a live episode a while back and appreciate each of their researched, fact-filled episodes. It was through this podcast that I recently learned that “bogs are not wet” and that “cranberries don’t actually grow in water!” WHAT? I’ve […]

Sausage Stuffing

“Find that place that’s a bit uncomfortable… then pause and breathe into it” ~ My yoga teacher In yoga there is a central goal of merging the body and mind and consistently pushing each to a place that is slightly deeper, slightly more aligned, and slightly more purposeful.  And, the more I practice yoga the […]