Visiting Vietnam

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We haven’t “traveled” to any countries in a while, so I thought it was about time to continue our adventures around the world again. This time we are off to Vietnam. The trip is multi-faceted: we love Asian food and want to try more Vietnamese food, recently around the dinner table the question “Why did America fight in Vietnam?” was raised, and I’m hoping it also touches a special note with my brother who is adopted from Vietnam.

Weekly Menu

Instead of a Weekly Menu this week, we are sprouting our beans. Stop back on Tuesday for more eating adventures.

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Books We Are Reading Right Now...

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A few books that have relevance in our lives right now....

Menu for the Week of May 21, 2012

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We are definitely omnivores! A few more salads intermixed with beef...

Favorite Salads

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Our menu this week consists of salads, salads and more salads. While we are on the subject, thought I'd share a few more of our favorites. When I initially introduce dinner salads to the kids, I sometimes serve the individual parts of the whole either as an appetizer or as the dinner. That way they realize they really liked the "whole salad." It is that mixing things that can stir things up a bit!

Menu for the Week of May 14, 2012

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May is National Salad Month. It is the perfect time of year to introduce more salads: the weather is getting warmer and fresh local ingredients are beginning to emerge. The salads featured this week are from a variety of different cuisines and go beyond your basic green salad.

Pumpkin Muffins Revisited: Gluten-Free

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Last Fall, I posted a recipe for the pumpkin muffins that we like to snack on. They are egg-free and I noted that I often make them gluten-free as well. Many people have asked what I substitute to make them gluten-free. Because each grain has a different weight, you don’t get the same results if you simply substitute 1 ¾ cups gluten-free flour for 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour.

Menu for the Week of May 7, 2012

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This weeks menu has the perfect balance of easy week-night meals that I strive for:

Several vegetarian meals that are delicious and sustaining.

A couple of meals that utilize the locally raised meat in our freezer

Combined with lots of brassicas!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Every year we look forward to Cinco De Mayo. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. The kids have the day off from school but it is a low-key holiday in Mexico. While the holiday has become quite commercialized in the U.S., it is a great day to celebrate Mexican food, culture, and traditions.

Menu for the Week of April 30, 2012

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This week's menu has the perfect balance of week-night meals that I strive for:

Several vegetarian meals that are delicious, while filling and sustaining.

A couple of meals that utilize the locally raised meat in our freezer

Combined with lots of brassicas!

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