Golden Borscht

Golden Borscht

While in Ukraine, we ate soup every day. Temperature over 90 degrees: soup for lunch. Humidity at the tropical level: soup for supper. Long days of teaching, playing, and chasing kids: soup for lunch AND supper. In fact, my Ukrainian interpreter (and friend) was stunned to learn that our family doesn’t eat soup for 4 or 5 months out of the year. But now I am converted to being a Summer Soup Supporter.

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Puffy Omelette

Puffy Omelette

As a child, I was aware of what it meant to be frugal. My grandmother would patch holes in plastic bread bags so she could use them for months. My sisters and I were encouraged to put money into “the trip fund” instead of buying something superfluous like potato chips. Mom sewed all of our clothes – even underwear – and hand-me-downs were commonplace.

Frugality may very well be hereditary.

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Cheesy Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup – Vegan

Cheesy Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup - Vegan

Sometimes it’s a little intimidating to try something new — traveling to a new country, riding motorcycle for the first time, starting a new job, skydiving (still haven’t tried that), exploring a new type of cooking…. It’s all a little unnerving.

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Rotmos – Swedish Mashed Root Vegetables

Rotmos - Swedish Mashed Root Vegetables

One thing Swedes have really mastered is the art of eating fresh produce at every meal – breakfast, lunch, supper. Cucumbers, tomatoes, salad, fresh fruit. It’s all raw. And then there’s rotmos! Move over mashed potatoes! It’s time for something better.

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