Roasted Tomatillo & Sweet Corn Black Bean Soup


Okay, so remember last week when I was all like “grill everything! summer forever!” and promised not to go all pumpkin on you yet?

Well. I caved.
And made you soup.


But you have to understand what happened. Last Thursday, it was eighty-eight degrees. And humid. I turned our air conditioner on.
But today? Today is cloudy, with a high temperature thirty degrees lower than that. We’re in that awkward time when it’s too cold to keep the windows open, but not quite cold enough to turn on the heat. So we’re dressing in layers at night like we’re camping and wearing socks again. Socks!

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Overheard, Vol. 4

On a Road Trip, A Week Before our Month-Long Sugar Fast Began: Me: I want Dairy Queen. Eric: (drinking Mountain Dew) No, no we don’t need that stuff. Me: Fine, I’ll settle for gummy worms. Eric: Here, have some Mountain Dew…it’s basically liquid … Continue reading


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Country Mouse, City Mouse

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Burst Tomato Galette with Corn, Zucchini, & Peppers

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Is This Real Life?

It is a rainy Friday morning, and I have spent the last twelve hours waiting for Owen to throw up. He woke up from his nap the day before with a pretty high fever, and now I am playing vomit … Continue reading

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Cabbage Leaf Tacos with Fresh Chopped Salsa

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Japanese StirFry with 5-Minute Teriyaki Sauce

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Deconstructed Banh Mi Salad with Grilled Vietnamese Chicken

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Overheard, Vol. 3

Diagnosis: Me: I wonder if he has an ear infection. He keeps tugging at his ears. Eric: Owen, does your ear hurt? How does your ear feel? Owen: It smells like bugs. Eric & Me: (confused…reaching for more coffee) 

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