3 reasons why: i’m okay with people thinking i’m a failure

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And then I changed my mind, and that's okay too. Preface: I wrote Part I three weeks after I arrived in Asheville. Part II was written a month and half later. Part I About a month ago I packed all my belonging into a tiny trailer and picked up and left my hometown. I took three days to drive to my destination, my new home. Me and Momma road tripped, got lost in Amish Country, just got plain lost, ended up at a, shall we say, a less than pristine campground, and yet we made it. It was a ton of fun, the anticipation, the excitement, everything in my being told me this was the right move.  I arrived and had the weekend to show Momma around before I started my new job. I had an apartment … [Read more...]

who’s umami?!

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you have to say it fast, and with some attitude. who's umami?! who's u mami?! who's your mommy?!? See, it's funny. I read a great article on NPR, you should check it out. It's all about some "philosopher" [this dude is getting air quotes because, seriously, lets stick to what we know, you "think", i'll "eat"]  who decided there were only 4 tastes. Salty [a personal favorite of mine], sweet [again delish], bitter [ehhh? I guess it has its place] and sour [sure, I'll take it]. Umami is this awesome relatively newly discovered taste, not to my mouth, but as a general knowledge type thing. I guess my best personal description is savory, meaty, or earthy [as I prefer to call it]. Yeah, I … [Read more...]

here fishy fishy.

Untuna- As good as it looks.

Now, my hometown is a small town, surrounded by water. It's at the end of the highway, and I mean the end. When giving directions I tell people stay on the highway until you hit water and you've made it. Knowing that, you can probably understand why the two restaurants closest to me are called the Red Skiff and The Fish Shack. My uncle was a lobster man [lobsta if we're getting authentic] and was perpetually a nice dark shade of Italian from his year round days with the sun reflecting off the ocean. Growing up, my dad was a captain on a whale watch boat. He likes to tell stories of how they would block off the pilot house and let me sway with the ocean in my rolling activity center [ it took … [Read more...]

beyond expectations.

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“Nobody's perfect. We're all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.” ― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses  I've been trying to figure out how to get back here. Back to this place of sharing, of responsibility. I've been lost. I'm still lost, but I think I found a compass. It's been so long since I've been here, writing, holding myself accountable. I've said it before, have you missed me? I think when I start to veer away from what I think I should be I panic and quit all together. Well here I am. I'm holding myself accountable. I haven't been eating vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter. I've been eating crap, a lot of sugary crap. My mood, my body, my … [Read more...]

Kitchen Bliss

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Now I'm just finally getting back in the kitchen [being that I actually possess one now] but it's been difficult with my work schedule and having an actual life also. But I have gotten a few things whipped up in the past couple weeks. I know I promised you a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and I've got the filling down to a science, but I haven't perfected the gluten free crust and I'm not happy giving you anything less than perfect. Well beyond that I've made a few other concoctions one of which I can't wait for you to try. I ate this entire batch within 24 hours and will definitely be making more soon. Now the stock for this soup can be a bit time consuming but good for us it's not very hands on … [Read more...]