Wood lacquered plate, stone plate with leaves, wood bowl and knit trivet

This Beautiful Mess: There Is No Way Out But In

Pratyahara is derived from two Sanskrit words: prati and ahara, with ahara meaning food, or anything taken into ourselves, and prati, a preposition meaning away or against. Together they mean “weaning away from ahara”, or simply ingestion.  In the system of yoga, pratyahara is a pivot point from the external to the internal.  Pratyahara is…

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What a Long Strange Trip: Pie, Celebrating St. Patrick, & Caring for One Another

Today is the day that our family had planned on packing up and driving to Chicago to attend the Inspired Home Show, a housewares show which brings together 130+ countries and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors.  The first inclination that we were not in ordinary times came weeks ago when this enormous trade show announced…

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Chickpeas by Sarah Copeland from her award winning Edible Living blog

Don’t Feed Fear: Cook, Practice Comfort and Connection

Not gonna lie, it has been a week of strange energy.  Perhaps it is the yo-yo-ing weather.  No. It is more than that.  It seems everyone is swinging wildly back and forth from mundane everyday tasks to panic over the state of the world and possible Coronavirus pandemic.  So what is a person to do…

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vegetable scraps in a net soup sock

Gettin’ Scrappy With It

guest blog by Ruthie Cohen   When I pass the cartons of vegetable stock in the soup aisle at the supermarket, the zeal of a new convert overwhelms me.  “Why?” I shout silently, “why purchase that bland concoction that bears a closer resemblance to dishwater than it does to vegetables when you have everything you need…

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Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin

Welcome to The Table

This week we were blessed to be highlighted by Carolyn VandeWiele, a special contributor to the HT Online.  In Food Faire: ‘Jubilee’ offers African American dishes filled with history, flavor she explores Toni Tipton-Martin’s newest offering, Jubilee: recipes from two centuries of African American Cooking. We recently spotlighted the new cookbook in our blog-style newsletter…

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wasted the story of food waste

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Comes to the BCT

Use Everything, Waste Nothing Forty percent of the food in America is wasted. A new documentary, WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and shows how…

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bread and jam

An Encounter with the American Persimmon

Story and Photography by Francisca Figueroa The first time I ever tasted a persimmon, I’ll admit that I picked it up off the sidewalk. My mother always warned me against eating strange wild berries, let alone food off the ground, but these fruits, roughly the size of silver dollars and luminously orange simply beckoned to…

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