Food fears + thoughts on remembrance

Sometimes the most important thing to do is just honor the way you’re feeling even if you wish you weren’t feeling that way. Often I don’t want to feel the way I do because I don’t want to be a person who feels that way. I would rather glaze over the feeling quickly, often with…

Leaning in at 25

I have to be honest. Recently, I’ve been sad. Pretty sad. Maybe even mildly depressed. I think a lot of it was the weather we had here. Heat waves never help. I think I have the opposite of the winter sadness people get; hot weather makes me incredibly low mood. This valley is for a…

Why we can’t ask too much of external objects

This post is meant to be less a definitive statement and more a conversation opener based on my personal experience. A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast (also by A Couple Cooks) interviewing Kathryne Taylor on emotionally healthy eating, which was really meaningful to me. She said at one point that part of her relationship…

Kitchari porridge in a slow cooker

In a break from your regularly scheduled serious writing, here’s sharing a recipe I’ve enjoyed using a method I’ve found incredibly helpful in the seasonal shift. Don’t worry though, I’m working on another post to get back into the diary part of my reckless cooking + diary tagline. My roommate (and also my girlfriend) always…

Finding balance in a despairing world

This post isn’t really about food, but it is about something I think about a lot: How do we find peace, hope, and stability in a constantly changing and, frankly, kind of scary world? Recently, Juli and I have been watching the second season of the HBO series A Handmaid’s Tale. And, let me tell you,…

This week on the windowsill: Big breakfasts and Blue Zones

It’s marathon weekend here in PGH, and the anticipation is in the air. I live right on the marathon route, but will not be there at the time of the race because you can’t drive out until like 3-4pm in the afternoon if you park where I always do. The weather has been holding back…

Spring dinner party: Chetna’s alu matar (potato and pea curry)

I think every year when the weather changes, I get a lot of feelings. There’s always the sense of full circle that comes, and I also think that the warmth melts a little bit inside me and gives way to an all encompassing gratitude. I’m deriving great benefit from recent lifestyle changes, like distancing myself…

This week on the window sill

Hi all, I was away last weekend at my partner’s sister’s baby shower voraciously reading (and completing!) a free copy of Meet the Frugalwoods, and so I did not post a weekly cooking roundup. Also, I decided to rename the roundup “this week on the windowsill” because I often take photos of my food on…

Coming soon: Weekly cooking round-up

Starting this week, I hope to post a weekly cooking/recipe roundup where I post a collection of photos of the food I have made during the week and links or actual recipes written for them. I am also considering getting a camera to photograph the food, but we’ll see… All in an effort to distance…