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Blog-related – swell

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Photo Sneak Peeks

Photo Sneak Peeks

Thanks so much for all your kind words on my last post – it really made my day(s) to feel an outpouring of love for this little project. And speaking of project, how could I even think of giving this blog up, when I just went through my photo files and rediscovered all these “lost” [...]


I’ve been up to things.

I've been up to things.

After a good, long break and a few discussions, I decided I wasn’t ready to abandon this blog after all. I want to work on some changes, that’s for sure, but mostly this is a good outlet for me in a way that not having a blog isn’t. For one, it’s a great way to [...]


Cookbook Review: Blissful Bites

Cookbook Review: Blissful Bites

I haven’t done a lot of cookbook reviews (particularly solicited ones), but I’m pretty excited about Christy Morgan’s cookbook Blissful Bites. It seems like it’s everywhere lately, so it’s probably not even that new to you, but if by chance you haven’t heard about it, then you’re in luck! (You can order the book here, [...]


Upcoming…

I have a cookbook review that is long overdue, which I’ll be posting in the next week or so. In other news, I think that I will no longer be updating swell after that. I feel like there have been many shifts and changes in my life, and I no longer have the passion for [...]


This time of year is hard for me… when the sun goes away for long periods of time, I get the winter blues.  I feel like I’ve had no time for anything, but really I’ve just been terribly lazy and unmotivated and haven’t made better use of my time.  Despite eating cookie dough all weekend, [...]


VeganMoFo: Holiday Busy

VeganMoFo: Holiday Busy

November, it seems, is not a great month for me to try posting more regularly.  I really should be in bed by now, because I am working at 2am (!) this week to bake enough pies for the masses at the co-op.  I was hoping to share a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with cranberries [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Survey Time

Okay, since I spent all day outside the house today, I don’t have any pictures or recipes to share today.  I did, however, assemble a salad with mache, kiwi, apple, avocado and papaya poppyseed dressing at the table within my favorite local coffee shop today and felt very vegan indeed!  Because I have no documentation [...]


Restaurants and Weekend Trips

Restaurants and Weekend Trips

Where does the time go?  Since I last blogged, I started a new job at a new coop (love it!), hosted a dinner party for 22 people in my 1+ bedroom apartment, I went to San Diego for a wedding and family/friend visits, and then fall weather happened overnight. Wait! What?  A dinner party for [...]


The Story So Far…

The Story So Far...

Like a lot of food bloggers, I try not to get *too* personal here (although I’m not really that bothered by sharing information).  But for three-quarters of a year, I haven’t been taking very good care of myself emotionally or physically.  Sure, you might think with the little snippets you see posted here that I [...]


A Humble Garden

A Humble Garden

In lieu of a truly food-related recipe post, which I don’t think is going to happen for awhile (I’ll explain in a bit), I’m posting some pictures of my “garden.”  See, while I have a decent amount of outdoor space for living in a city and a kitchen door that opens out onto it, every [...]


Leek and Amaranth Polenta

Leek and Amaranth Polenta

Welcome!  I hope you are as excited as I am about the new look and layout.  I have two very special people to thank for all of this: first, Elliot, who found me a good server and made the initial transfer of the old blog, and secondly, Peter, who found this blog template and made [...]


Recent Treats

Recent Treats

I’m trying to take more pictures because I’ve felt a bit out of practice, even if I don’t have any new recipes to post, so I can motivate myself to keep the blog attended to (unlike some periods in the past).  So more daily and random updates to come, hopefully, including my delving into fermentations!  [...]


Today we un-cooked.

Today we un-cooked.

Kim (from the Affairs of Living blog) and I finally got together today to make some food following our initial so-so experiment with a savory scone a few months back.  I’ll admit I was both excited and nervous to make raw food with Kim, because her list of food allergies is long (we’re talking far, [...]


VeganMoFo: Raw Apple Crisp and Veggieful Dinner

This morning I got up, went to the dehydrator, and pulled out a tray of Maple Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies from Raw Food Real World.  (No, maple isn’t really raw…ooh, controversy!)  Then I sliced some apples, mixed them with a “syrup” out of dates, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon juice and coconut water, and topped them with the [...]


VeganMoFo and an Upcoming Move

This will be my first year participating in VeganMoFo, and the third year of its existence.  Kittee over at Cake Maker to the Stars has the lowdown and HUGE list of this year’s participants, but basically it means I will be blogging every weekday (at least) for the month of October about vegan food, which [...]