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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paczki

Food Traditions: The Polish Donut

Paczki, pronounced poon-ch-key, are deep fried dough in a spherical shape filled with confiture (fancy speak for jam).  And, yes, at first glance, it looks like a jelly donut. Paczki is a Polish pastry commonly eaten on Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday. THE BACKSTORY: Basically, before the traditional fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter, what…

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Current Obsession: Vanilla Honey

We asked Salem what her current food obsession is and she answered pretty quickly: “Vanilla honey,” Salem replied. “A customer turned me on to this item recently and it’s fantastic. Adding a teaspoon of vanilla to baked goods such as chocolate chip cookies or cakes?enhances the flavors and sweetness. Adding it to a cup of…

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Fall’s Invitation to Gather

Fall is beginning to weave itself in between the often-oppressive late summer heat waves.  As I sit to write, I can feel the cool breeze on my face from an open window and remember that not more than a week ago, the heat was intolerable.  Autumn inserts itself into our late midwestern summers just as…

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