Beet salad

Pink Rice One summer, volunteering on a low-budget project to restore the castle of the Dukes of Guise in northern France, we had the worst food I have ever eaten in France. The French kids eventually rebelled, complaining that we were starving. The project director responded by mixing up a huge cauldron of white rice …

Lettuce soup

Really? Lettuce Soup? Even though I am the world’s worst gardener, one year we did have a bumper crop of lettuce, which I have never been able to achieve again. But that year we just had too much lettuce. I was desperate for ways to use lettuce that weren’t salads. One good way isĀ Thai lettuce …

Thai lettuce wraps

Why lettuce? When you just have too much lettuce in your garden, or you want a low-carb meal, or you want the fun of everyone assembling their own dinner at the table – actually, there are a lot of reasons to enjoy Thai Lettuce Wraps! How to make Thai Lettuce Wraps: Make rice: in a …

Tacos and refried beans

Cooking from scratch People used to always encourage me to make tacos – the kids love tacos – but I never did because people meant for me to buy canned refried beans and pre-made tortillas and that’s not cooking, it’s just assembling. But then I thought, I’ll try making my own refried beans and tortillas. …