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Quick Pickled Red Onions

(eye)Lids close, and the projector finds its starting point. You see: The same story. The same one. You do not have to see it again, really. It is written. [And it is over.] And you were there. But it plays again, anyway. Slides clicking, light flicking. What a long time to repeat oneself through the…

Smashed Chickpea Guajillo Stew

There are a lot of things that have happened lately, aren’t there? There are. Too many. It’s surprising. It’s ridiculous. And all I can think about is how lotus flowers grow from mud; and how, sometimes things get worse before they get better; and how, in order to locate a problem, the problem first has…

Chipotle Ancho Turkey Chili

Something strange happened to me today. I was sitting in a fancy, little patisserie in my adorable neighborhood across from one of the loveliest of lovelies I have met here in Minneapolis and, in the middle of her story, I saw snow sprinkling down outside. SNOW. AT THE END OF APRIL. AS IN, ALMOST MAY.…

Black Bean Chili

I am sometimes doubtful, but I am starting to think that happiness might be contagious. Granted, there are many, many times when I have found myself in the uncomfortable situation of feeling great next to someone who is miserable. It can feel like rubbing salt in a wound when you continue on, free from the…

Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

I always thought that, aside from rice, it was a crime to combine anything starchy with beans. This is because, in my opinion, beans are perfectly starchy enough. Surely, anything more would take it overboard, right? Wrong. This soup is amazing. The smooth broth thickens thanks to reserved black bean liquid and a healthy dose…