May 1, 2012 | Bearskin

For dinner tonight, Tank made pesto and served it with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on a gluten free baguette. While it was incredibly delicious, can these tomatoes really compete with those beauties?

So here I sit. Pining for (a) tomato season and (b) Palestinian tomatoes, which seemed to be perpetually in season and flavorful.

I miss Palestinian tomatoes.


2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

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In which the Mirror of Erised is correct and I celebrate my birthday by going on The Making of Harry Potter tour at Warner Brothers in Leavesdon.

The Mirror of Erised
April 16, 2013

According to Dumbledore, the Mirror of Erised shows you your heart’s deepest and most desperate desire; while I was hugely excited to go on this tour with Jon for my birthday, I’m not sure it qualified as the deepest, most desperate desire of my heart.

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Stuffed Peppers

Another weekend, another culinary adventure. This time, Tank and I might have gone overboard at the fruit and vegetable stand, leaving us with an abundance of peppers.

Using an recipe as a base, Tank made stuffed peppers using some TSP that was about to expire.

Tank stuffing the peppers
November 10, 2012

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After work last night I went to yoga. Yoga has kicked my butt this week. (I am proud to report, however, that I attempted Bird of Paradise pose and did not fall over! I didn’t get my top leg straight either, but you can’t win them all.)

Afterward, Jon and I tried a new thing for dinner: Gazpacho. My favorite Kiwi sent me her recipe to try — I couldn’t find all the ingredients, but I tried.

gazpacho ingredients
October 5, 2012

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Haifa: Now There’s a Beach

Dear World,

I can has?

A Concerned Citizen

View from the window
September 7, 2012

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Culinary Adventures: Santa Fe-style Quinoa Salad

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Culinary Adventure, so I searched around for new quinoa recipes to try this week and found one for a Santa Fe-style Quinoa Salad* (in my Gluten Free Vegetarian Kitchen cookbook). Even though it called for picante sauce, which is not something that’s usually found around here, I wanted to try it — I figured we could work something out…

THEN: I found a bottle of Kroger Medium Picante Sauce at the local grocery store. This was a shocker as (1) there are no Hispanic Foods sections of the markets here, and (2) when such items are found, they are rarely gluten free. I decided to buy the sauce, even though I couldn’t confirm in-store that the item was gluten free. After a call to Kroger Customer Service this evening, I got a green light. Gluten free!! Huzzah!!

Let’s do this.

steps to deliciousness

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