And thank you for all of the wonderfully supportive comments about the name change of this site. I was definitely feeling some jitters before the announcement, but everyone has been so kind and so cool. If you’re still not getting redirected to The Full Helping, try clearing the cache or temporary files on your computer and iPhone. And if that doesn’t work, feel free to shoot me an email (email@example.com) or track me down on social media to let me know!
And, now that the big reveal is complete, it’s back to business as usual around here. Starting with Weekend Reading.
I love this recipe because it’s a shining example of how two simple ingredients, grains and greens, can create an entirely satisfying and complete meal. Molly Watson’s notes on using the recipe as a template for experimentation are also lovely.
Delicata squash is one of my favorite winter squashes, yet I don’t usually do much other than baking it and serving it as a side dish. I love these inspired harissa miso delicata squash tacos, via Healthy Nibbles and Bits—such a great and different way to use the ingredient.
My lord, this hot garlicky broccoli rabe sandwich with smoky tahini cheese sauce. I can’t imagine a more perfect dish of vegan comfort food!
This kale salad with spicy cannellini beans and lemon chia seed dressing from Our Four Forks is so colorful and vibrant–a beautiful recipe to bring to holiday gatherings or whip up for a simple lunch.
And finally, dessert. As usual, the oh-so-talented Ashlae hits it out of the park with her raw fig cheesecake. Look at that color!
1. I’m sure many of you saw Sherry Turkle’s article, “Stop Googling, Let’s Talk,” already. I liked her points about the value of conversation, and I thought that she was able to make them without devaluing technology. I particularly liked her point about how solitude actually enhances one’s capacity to connect:
“One start toward reclaiming conversation is to reclaim solitude. Some of the most crucial conversations you will ever have will be with yourself. Slow down sufficiently to make this possible. And make a practice of doing one thing at a time. Think of unitasking as the next big thing. In every domain of life, it will increase performance and decrease stress.”
3. Back to the topic of technology and culture, I enjoyed Jordan Rosenfeld’s ruminations on the outsourcing of jobs that have traditionally been filled by humans to robots, and the automation of society in general.
4. An interesting article, via Scientific American, which presents the idea that intelligence is not a static entity. The author presents strategies for enhancing cognitive potential, as well as ongoing research into the the topic.
5. Finally, the ever impressive Ginny Messina tackles the complex topic of vegan diets and depression. Without ever suggesting that diet can “cure” depression, Ginny lists foods–including olive oil, soy foods, and beans–that may help to make depression symptoms less pronounced. I think it’s a really important read for vegan and vegetarian eaters.
On that note, I’m off to explore Austin and hit the Texas Book Fair. Have a great weekend!
Happy weekend to you all, and to those of you who are celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, I wish you a wonderful holiday! I spent last night and this morning with my mother and Steven, and I’ll be gathering with a small group of family friends later today. I haven’t done much cooking–I’m still climbing back from some post-cookbook burnout–but I do have my lentil and sweet potato loaf ready for sharing. I’ve had mixed feelings about the holiday season this year, for reasons…
I’ve had a chance to reflect on my internship experience in the last two weeks, and what stands out to me is how much of my own “stuff” I’ve been able to let go of, or work on. I’ve gotten better at taking care of myself. I’ve become firmer and clearer with boundaries. I’m communicating more directly. And, maybe best of all, I’ve come a long way in letting go of perfectionism. I was thinking about this a lot this week, because it…
Happy Sunday, everyone. I’m settling back into the swing of things after a little departure this week: a couple days upstate, at my best friend’s family home. Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know that my oldest and closest friend, Chloe, lives in New Orleans, but we grew up together here in New York. Her family home, two hours north of the city, has always held special meaning for me. It was a place I went to often…
Hey all! I’m writing from New Orleans, where I’ve had a great weekend visiting Chloe. Here’s a sampling of the reading material I’ve been looking at today. I would like to eat this cheesy farro bake with mushrooms, tomatoes, and shallots right now, please. Thank you. I adore delicata squash and totally overlook it in my cooking. These salt and pepper delicata squash rounds are a lovely reminder to have some soon! This sweet potato and wild rice salad with chili lime vinaigrette…