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Cold “Mexican” “Lasagna?”

Let me start out by saying I’m in this awesome group that joyously trashes inauthentic Mexican food. I love it! I think this dish would be a good contender for the group, but I probably won’t submit it. From the group, I’ve learned so much about regional Mexican cooking and the United States’ obsession with […]

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Ginger Nice Cream Sandwiches

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it in past posts, but it’s hot. I mean real hot. Additionally, it’s been that Covid hot that disallows visits to the beach, or anywhere, really, because people are such asshats you can’t go anywhere without them breathing all over you. Add to it a stomachache which can only be healed […]

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More Pickles

As is custom to this time of year, we are beginning to pickle just about everything. This time it’s the pepperoncini and mouse melons we grew at home. Most of the peppers we grow were started from seed right here at home, but not the pepperoncini. I suppose that’s why I’m already able to harvest […]

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Uplift, Accommodation, and Assimilation, 2 of 2

Hollowell starts out with a timeline, which I truly appreciate. He wants to express the point that the separation of the races through the Jim Crow laws starts around 1877, and mostly around public accommodation: transportation, education, and the fear of miscegenation. He briefly recaps the earlier lecture, and then plays a short, scratchy, barely […]

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Pickled Purslane

I love purslane. The first time I had purslane was when I was invited to a former student’s house for lunch. She made a traditional Mexican pork stew with “verdolagas” or what we call purslane, tomatillos (another favorite) and peppers. It was delicious. I’ve never been much of a meat-eater, and the pork was fine […]

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Real fruit popsicles

Today is the kind of day where you feel like you are covered in mucus. It is so ridiculously hot, that even my own skin bothers me. I ache to peel it from my bones, but it’s a bad idea. In our series of cold comfort foods, Justin and I made, preemptively, fruit popsicles. These […]

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Sushi Time

It’s hot here. It’s mid July, and we’re hot. All we want are cold foods, so last night we made sushi for today’s lunch. This is one of my favorite home combinations. We make teriyaki tofu, shredded beets, beet greens, shredded carrots, and (of course) sushi rice. In the Before Times, Justin and I used […]

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Uplift, Accommodation, and Assimilation 1 of 2

Hollowell states that the “Talented Tenth,” Uplift & Respectability, and Race Management are the themes of the next two lectures, and honestly, I really need a little uplifting because the last four lectures have got me s h o o k. He starts out with a quote from Alexander Crummell, an American who emigrated to […]

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Chickpea Chronicles

In mid-May, I was just crazy about sprouting things. I was sprouting our regular spicy seed mix (sandwiches & salads) that we get at The Green Grocer, but also mung beans for nime chow, and chickpeas for hummus. Before we ground up the chickpeas into sprouted hummus and falafel (both delicious, by the way), I […]

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Reconstruction 2 of 2

This time Hollowell starts off with Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit,” which becomes meta-strange as we hear the audience clap and whistle at her performance. Yes, she’s an amazing singer, but this sentiment is nothing to applaud. He lets the applause go just long enough to make it feel weird; either that, or I’m feeling sensitive. […]

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Reconstruction 1 of 2

There really is a lot to this lecture, man. I had to listen to it probably four times before I caught enough to find an avenue to respond; there is just so much. Hollowell opens with the plight of the capitalist: how to get my property to work for me when I want, and what […]

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Dawn of Freedom 2 of 2

So here we are. One thing I appreciate is how Hollowell opens each lecture with a popular culture note specific to the time. This time, he starts with the poem, Bury Me In A Free Land, by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Hollowell asks that we give attention to the imagery Harper paints. I’d shudder and […]

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Dawn of Freedom 1 of 2

I’m taking the Open Course at Yale called, “AFAM 162: African American History: From Emancipation to the Present,” and I intend to write my thoughts, observations, and questions along with the lectures one-by-one. Dawn of Freedom is the first lecture in the series. It starts out with a famous excerpt to the speech given by […]

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Sweater Fixin’

I found this potentially awesome sweater at Savers a little while back. The thing was that it had these really weird knit long sleeves which didn’t really match anything. It is black (good), with cool embroidery along the upper chest (very good), but wow: who authorized these strange sleeves? I wish I had a photo […]

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But what do you eat on vegetarian Whole30?

We’re on our second round of vegetarian Whole30, and it has gotten to the point that when people ask me what we eat on such a “restrictive” diet, I sometimes don’t even know because it’s come to be such a habit. The only thing not vegan in our diet is eggs, and we try not […]