Tomato Tomato Tomato Gazpacho!

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If you have a late-summer bounty of tomatoes and cucumbers, I have a Gazpacho recipe for you to try. Which is funny because I normally DO NOT LIKE gazpacho … but I loved this one.

Aptly named, Best Gazpacho, Julia Moskin explains that this recipe delivers the smooth style of gazpacho served in Seville, Spain. And as an avowed gazpacho-hater, I’m shocked to tell you that it is indeed both smooth and delicious. And easy to make.

All you need is a very strong blender, ‘2 pounds of ripe red tomatoes’ (this is about 6 ‘baseball-sized’

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The Lo-Co…Vegan…Thanksgiving

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Last year I hosted Thanksgiving, so this year I’m not cooking: we’re going to my brother-in-law’s for the family get together. But I realized a few years ago that not cooking Thanksgiving has a huge, huge downside — I don’t have leftovers for several days of “hot lunch” (as my husband likes to call my preferred leftovers for lunch choice.)

So now, on the years I don’t host the actual Thanksgiving feast, I cook ‘Thanksgiving Friday” for local friends and family.

The beauty is: it’s not the ‘real deal’ so I can experiment a bit.  The downside: I’ve found that as we get older,

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CSA Panic

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As it was perfect, I bogarted Julia Moskin’s article title, “Raw Panic” from this week’s NYT Dining section for my blog post. In fact her subtitle, “Overwhelmed by summer’s bounty” exactly captures the weekly anxiety I feel when picking up the recyclable bag chock-full of farm-fresh veggies that is my CSA share.*

Reflecting on how I now feel about my CSA (overwhelmed…bordering on irritated) versus how I felt with my first CSA experience last summer (inspired) I scanned some old posts to understand what had changed. And laughed when I saw I’d used the term ‘overwhelmed’ in a post last summer too, 

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