Lemon Almond Coconut Macaroons

Edit: I wrote this post before the Newtown tragedy Friday afternoon, but, reading back over it now, I'm struck by how much I need the reminder all over again---to look for the good in people helping, praying, loving; to recognize the darkness that brings murder and heartbreak and how it is so not at all the voice of Light. It feels wrong not to acknowledge the pain that the affected families of children and teachers are facing today. We wish we could do more. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Newtown. Some days, I'm overwhelmed by the lack of love in the world: the snubbing, the name-calling, the pushing, the overlooking, the thoughtlessness human beings show to one another. For as many of you as relate to a genuine curiosity and interest in other people like I mentioned in the last post, there are others who don't, who never turn their eyes outward, who come to the party and talk but never listen, who sit near you at a table and stare sullenly ahead, who learn your name … [Read more...]

Coconut Milk Mexican Flan (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

I go to used bookstores for the same reason I look into windows when we're driving down residential streets at night: I like to imagine the people inside. The same way I fix my gaze on the warm glow of a table illuminated by candlelight or the man who's sitting in his recliner all alone, I pick up a hardcover, tracing over the handwriting, wondering about the person who underlined that passage or the reader who signed her name in this front flap. This might be what I love about the first-edition copy of The Art of Mexican Cooking, written by Jan Aaron and Georgine Sachs Salom, that I found at McKay Used Book Store Friday Night. Published in 1965, this beauty has all the earmarks of another era, one in which American women still wore skirts and aprons to make dinner and in which Mexican food (along with other ethnic cuisines) was just beginning to enter the conversation. There are hand-drawn illustrations at the division pages, created by artist Dierdre Stanforth, the same … [Read more...]

coconut macaroons

The thing nobody tells you ahead of time when you say you're going to move to a new place is that doing so---packing up most of your belongings and driving eight hours to a new city with the help of two men who must really love you to put themselves through a drive of snow and ice and, Indiana on the whole of their Saturday and Sunday---will, at many times, feel much less like Adventure and much more like Terrifying. Which, I guess, is another way of saying, I'm here, for those of you who've been wanting an update. I've gone and moved to Nashville. I'm sleeping on a mattress on the floor and realized yesterday I didn't bring my snow clothes (it snows in the South? what?), but on the whole, things are good. In fact, there has been a lot of Adventure in getting to know new streets, meeting lots of new people, visiting three libraries before finding a place to work on Monday afternoon. And while I do already have some basic groceries, this post is actually about a dessert … [Read more...]