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  • Meatless Monday: Cauliflower-Yam Gratin

    Time for another warming recipe! I’m still looking through my new cookbook, Meatless, for quick, easy, warming vegetarian fare. Because I’m especially enamored of brassicas these days, I chose to try this cauliflower-yam gratin. It’s a great combination. Sweet yams are the perfect foil for cruciferous veggies. This recipe uses culinary sage both in the sauce and as a garnish. Sage may be one of my favorite plants. I have a huge mass of it in my back yard that gets little water in the summer and just keeps spreading. It’s the ultimate high-desert herb. For this recipe, I cleared...

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  • 3 Yoga Poses for Snowshoeing

    I live in Utah, a place that touts the “greatest snow on Earth.” While I can’t say I’ve been to all the other places with world-class winter sports, I have to say Utah’s fluffy powder is a thing to behold. I don’t downhill ski, however. I tried it several times years ago, and it was a blast. I can see why skiing becomes an addiction. But I prefer to enjoy the snow in a quieter setting. Snowshoeing allows me to get high above the city and tramp around in fresh powder without the crowds. (I also enjoy cross-country skiing, but...

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  • Meatless Monday: An Omelet for Any Meal

    Some people have shoe fetishes. I have a cookbook fetish. Last week I passed by my favorite shop in Salt Lake for satisfying my on-again, off-again clothing fetish. As I walked by, I noticed that this wonderful purveyor of children’s books, and women’s and children’s clothing had some vegan cookbooks on display in their window. This seemed like a legitimate excuse to duck into the shop—not that I’ve ever needed an excuse. I mentioned my love of cookbooks to the owner and she promptly brought me two of her favorites to peruse: Meatless, published by Martha Stewart Living, and The...

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  • Supta Virasana: Restore Your Belly

    Most of us spend the lion’s share of our days sitting in chairs, with our joints in flexion. Our hips are flexed to 90 degrees, as are our knees. Our shoulders hunch forward—unless we constantly remind ourselves not to hunch. By the time I shut down my computer in the evening, my body craves at least a few minutes of the opposite. One of my favorite poses for countering the effects of sitting, as well as preparing my body to wind down for sleep, is Supta Virasana. Supta Virasana is the lying-down version of Virasana, aka “Hero’s Pose.” Supta Virasana...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Purée

    Cauliflower is finally having its day in the sun. And it’s not just vegetarians who are enjoying it. Paleo diets favor ground cauliflower as a grain substitute. Its mild flavor and al dente texture make it perfect for casseroles and gratins. Today’s Meatless Monday recipe features cauliflower as a spread. Among my cookbooks, there are three different recipes for cauliflower purée, each with slightly different flavor accents. I’ve made and liked all of them, but chose to publish the most recent recipe I tried. I found this in the Salt Lake Tribune, but the recipe comes from Eating Well. The...

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  • Tree Pose: A Link to Ancient Wisdom

    “What is it about these trees that inspires us so? Our calendars and our tape measures become instruments of humility when we measure our lives against theirs. To touch an ancient tree—or better yet—to hug an ancient tree, is to embrace the past.” – from John Moran’s Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer (University Press of Florida) On my mat yesterday morning in Tree Pose, I was thinking of John Moran’s quote about trees—how if we embrace them, we embrace the past. As I lifted my right foot off the ground, placed it against my...

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  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Chili

    I’ve always loved chili. Growing up in Cincinnati, Skyline Chili was—and still is—almost a religion. I recently visited a food truck in Utah that offered “Cincinnati Chili” poutine. So yeah, it’s a thing. I haven’t had Skyline Chili in years, even though they now sell a vegetarian version. It’s just that I haven’t been to Cincinnati in quite a while. Instead, I’ve experimented with lots of other versions of veggie chili. My favorite, so far, comes from Friendly Foods by Brother Ron Pickarski. Because the recipe calls for canned beans, it’s pretty quick to put together. I almost always accompany...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Gratin

    It’s always great to have an excuse to turn on the oven in the winter, especially if you live in a drafty, old house. This recipe, which I’ve played with a bit, came from The New York Times. It’s simple to make and is the definition of comfort food. Served with a small green salad, it makes a meal. Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Gratin 1 large or 2 smaller heads of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), broken into florets 3 T extra virgin olive oil salt freshly ground pepper 6 ounces fresh goat or sheep cheese 1 clove garlic, halved 5 T...

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  • Starting a Yoga Practice

    A new year is upon us. A healthy percentage of us use this annual marker to reset our lives—resolving to give up what doesn’t work and start something new. If that something new you’d like to start is a yoga practice, here are some tips that might help: Finding the Right Yoga Class Ask friends. The bigger, better-funded studios have much more advertising power than the more modest studios and teachers, so they are easier to find. They may also have great teachers, but huge classes are not for everyone. Ask friends, relatives and co-workers where they like to practice...

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  • Give Your Body Some Gratitude

    The past few years have given me a bit of a wake-up call. My body, which has always been very low maintenance, has been sending me a big message: “Stop taking me for granted!” Almost two years ago, my left hip was replaced because of hip displaysia. I’ve long known it was only a matter of time for my right hip. Now the time has come. In another week, I'll have a new, titanium hip joint to match the other one. On the first day of an 18-day meditation retreat I at Spirit Rock Meditation Center last summer, I received...

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