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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…