Happy Sunday. It was a cold, then a rainy, weekend here in DC, but I managed to spend some quality time with friends, scribble some holiday cards, work, and sip hot cocoa nearly nonstop. For the last few years, I spent the month of December huddled in the library in a pair of grungy sweatpants, nervously studying for finals and waiting for the verdict of my end of semester grades. I couldn’t give much thought to the holidays, which made me sad, because I adore this time of year. It’s been nice to have some time to observe all of the rituals and rhythms of the season in the last week or two. And now, as I wrap up the weekend, some articles and recipes that have caught my eye.
We’ve been talking about edible giving in the last few days, and these banana bread biscotti from Allyson Kramer look like a perfect gift to me!
Meanwhile, Angela’s lentil mushroom walnut balls would be a great and healthy snack, appetizer, or meal component for your holiday spread.
Speaking of appetizers, I’m dying to make Susan’s pumpkin seed cranberry cheese log with thyme.
Golubka’s colorful veggie falafel with pickled turnips are a delightful, seasonal spin on a classic dish. So creative and fun.
And finally, if you’d like something delicious to nibble on as you decorate, wrap gifts, listen to carols, read, or gather with loved ones, Christy’s mulled apple cider slices (via Kristy’s holiday cookie swap) will hit the spot.
1. This week, Rolling Stone magazine published a gruesome expose of cruelty on animal farms. The article details the Humane Society’s ongoing attempts to pass animal cruelty legislation for farm animals, and in so doing addresses the hypocrisy of our society’s simultaneous emphasis on humane treatment of dogs, cats, and other companion animals, but utter disregard of chickens, cows, pigs, and farm animals. It won’t come as news to you if you’re already engaged with animal rights issues, but this kind of media attention is always important, always a step forward.
2. Discover Magazine has compiled its end of year round up of the best science stories of 2013. I’m eager to read them all!
3. I enjoyed Marina Warner’s review of three new art works about, respectively, sea monsters, maps, and witches. She writes,
Monsters still fascinate precisely because they express what might lie beyond the light of common day. And as in the case of Goya’s dream of reason, the fear and awe monsters inspire can’t entirely be dispelled by enlightened investigations, neither in the past nor today. The ocean swirls in a condition of mythopoeic duality: it is there, it covers two thirds of the world, it is navigable and palpable and visible, but at the same time, unfathomable, stretching down in lightless space and into the backward abysm of time where every fantasy can be incubated.
4. My friend Robynne Chutkan wrote an interesting article about the future of FMT (fecal microbial transplant).
5. And on that same note, NPR reported on a remarkable study of the microbiome, and the way it responds to dietary change. The study, in which volunteers were given diets that were either high in meat or plant-based, showed that gut flora can shift in response to diet within as little as two days.
And that, my friends, is that. This week, I’ll be sharing more ideas for edible giving, as well as a few new recipes. See you soon!
I skipped Weekend Reading last week because I was a little drained from my birthday post. I can’t tell you how nice it is to revisit my Sunday morning routine of browsing my favorite sites for drool-worthy recipes and images. As always, I hope that you enjoy these five exquisite dishes, as well as the articles I’m sharing. Vegan caramelized onion mac n’ cheese? 10 ingredients? Holy shnikes. Dana and John have done it again. This brussels sprout and chive pizza looks fancy,…
Hello, everyone. I’m still in the depths of pre-move commotion: trying to keep up with work and tie up loose ends before leaving D.C., saying “bye for now” to my friends here, and slowly (too slowly) putting together boxes. Even so, I just took a little time to peruse some cool recipes and articles from the week. I hope you’ll find them as engaging as I did. First up, an absolutely exquisite coconut broccoli soup recipe from Heidi Swanson. Nourishing, delicious. I love…
Happy Sunday, everyone, and thanks for your kind words on Friday. I made it to New Hampshire and back, and today I’m catching up on work and enjoying a break in the heat. I’m also enjoying the following recipes and reads. Susan’s perfect summer dinner salad looks, well, perfect! What a gorgeous creation. Speaking of salads, I love this marinated hearts of palm and avocado salad from 86 Lemons. Kale falafel? This one’s new to me. Delightful idea (and beautiful, colorful execution) from Shannon…
It’s been an unusually hectic week around here, the first in a long time that had me running around without a pause. That kind of pace was much more of a norm for me a few years ago, right before and during my post-bacc, and it’s something I took conscious steps to disentangle myself from when my anxiety got really bad. I’m glad I’ve distanced myself from that particular craziness, but life is life, and chaotic spells are inevitable. I do my best…