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Soleil, dimmed

I was cooking dinner when I heard Soleil Banguid had died. I stepped away from the stove for a moment to gather myself. The pinto beans I was making could wait, and if there’s one thing I learned from watching Soleil cook, it’s that food should only be cooked from a place of love and [...]

A celebration four years in the making

Every year, it arrives before I know it. My Mom celebrates her birthday on May 4, usually Mother’s Day comes a few days or even a week after that, and somewhere right in the middle, my blog celebrates another anniversary. Today, this blog turns four. And I’m not going to lie to you…it makes me [...]

A sunny African dinner option in the East Bay

This world? It’s a small one. I have always known this, because I started traveling the world when I was a kid, and am amazed how often my path crosses and recrosses paths of others who I’ve met along the way. Back in Iowa City, I got to know a fantastic chef named Soleil, who [...]

The infusion begins

I should have waited until this morning to go to the farmer’s market, but I couldn’t do it. There was a bundle of thyme available at Whole Foods, and I have the Sadie in my sights. I’m a girl that embraces signs, symbols and all kinds of mysterious stuff. On Saturday night, I took one [...]

Eating at Bill’s: A visit to the Monterey Market

When The Mint Killer arrived in the Bay Area the Wednesday night before Slow Food Nation began, she told me to make sure I kept Saturday morning open. “I have a surprise for you,” she said. This is a hard phrase for me to swallow. I’m a girl who adores being surprised, but, simultaneously, a [...]

Enchiladas for the journey

Remember how I said on Thursday night that I push deadlines but don’t miss them and that I’d report back about BlogHer, um, yesterday? Well, make that tomorrow. The conference is still going on, it’s been an amazing weekend of networking and experiences and the occasional gratis glass of Prosecco (OK, maybe the occasional two [...]

The great ice cream caper

In the carpool on the way home from work on a sunny and warm Wednesday back in April, my friends Betsy and Dan and I decided to go out for burgers. Snow had crept back in the forecast for early the next week, and we needed some ground beef and some sunshine to make ourselves [...]

Your stories and pictures can help Midwestern farmers

By now, unless you live under a rock, you’re probably aware that Iowa is suffering from some of the worst floods in memory. I’ve been watching the news from Iowa City with my mouth hanging open, and have mostly relied on reports from the Iowa City Press-Citizen and the Cedar Rapids Gazette to keep me [...]

Tools to grow tomatoes

My exit out of Iowa happened almost faster than I could have imagined. I made a trip out to California to visit a friend in mid-April, and at the time, my party line was that I was looking for jobs and might move out here, might not. Two weeks later, I flew out for an [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: My last look at the Iowa garden

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.