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lauren m.w.
Del Mar, California
"let the beauty we love be what we do" -rumi
Interests: cooking - one of the few jobs where you can listen to radiohead as loud as you like while being in direct contact with the universe's handiwork.
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i wait all year for tomatoes. i know not another thing of the earth with such brazen individuality in specimen and species. originating in the americas, the aztec's word for them is tomatl, meaning plump thing with navel. i have to think the first tomato farmers recognized their human qualities... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at groove food
shortly after i promised you a plant-based recipe a week last week (POW!) this week arrived. weeks are like gangbusters. there is nowhere to hide. as it turns out, this is a very good thing for you. just for you, i am sitting in bed, dinner propped on a stack... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at groove food
let me get right to it. i love vegetables. that thing that happens--among the soil and the sun and the seasons and the human hands--that is why i cook, to somehow be as much a part as i can of that conversation. our relationship as a species with sustenance offered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at groove food
reading the ingredients on a box of girl scout cookies can kind of feel like a punch in the gut. i suspect i am not the only one that believes supporting the girl scouts should not also entail supporting the manufacture of ever more industrialized ingredients--from high fructose corn syrup... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at groove food
1. mornings. i don't know if it is the coffee or the light or the combination of the two, but mornings are holy. 2. my dad's homemade donuts. their arrival is the best part. i get a call from my dad asking if i am home. when i say yes,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at groove food
"there's a reason that most people in vietnam buy noodle soup from a vendor. putting together a bowl of soup isn't complicated, but it does require some effort." so says charles phan, owner and chef at the slanted door in san francisco, and author of the newly released vietnamese home... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at groove food
turn your oven up. we are about to make a salad. prepare your palate, also. this is a salad chockablock with textures and flavors. here is a bowl of crisp, leafy, juicy, tender, crunchy things to entertain your mouth and subtly sweet, tart, peppery, toasty, herbal, warmly spiced things to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at groove food
it's the morning after election day, and my fair trade, organic coffee with non-gmo verified coconut milk still tastes as good as it does every day. the nation elected barack obama president for a second term and california, sadly, voted not to have mandatory labels placed on food products containing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at groove food
recipes are peculiar things. some are written, some are murmered, some even die with their maker. there are some we treasure so much we etch them on the cupboard, or know their details by rote, like a poem that plays out on the stove. each one tells a story, some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at groove food
Hi Heather! I haven't done it with frozen broccoli before, but from what I've found online, you can roast the broccoli directly from the freezer without thawing. just be sure to remove any large clumps of ice. you may need to roast the broccoli a little longer. adjust the olive oil so that the broccoli is nicely coated and not dry. good luck!
strange things can comprise your own dinner when you cook all day at work. an unwrapped, homely waffle lurking in a forgotten corner of the freezer becomes a meal when given a peanut butter and honey makeover. the last quarter of a pint of greek yogurt + leftover contents bought... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at groove food
i can finally detect a nip in the air. sadly, at any moment it might go back to 90 degrees in mid-october in southern california. don't get me wrong, i relish the heat, even if it makes me half-sluggish and encourages even lazier forms of distraction. it takes but an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at groove food
most of the best cooking tips are dead simple. for instance, things that share a season should share the plate. the earth is always a good reminder and good at drawing me to flavors that are spare and straightforward, supple and pure. tomatoes and basil. fava beans and green garlic.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at groove food
filmmaker and surf guru bruce brown was on to something: endless summer. if anything were possible, i might seek the same. but instead of chasing waves, i'd follow the lazy season around the globe, eating heavy tomatoes with my hands, travelling sun-baked city streets where no one knew my name.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at groove food
sometimes the best way to carry out a comeback is simply to come back. without bells or whistles, but with a smoothie. i suppose this smoothie has bells and whistles of its own as it tastes like a milkshake and that makes it a very fine smoothie, indeed. it's in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at groove food
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May 20, 2012
comfort food does not usually fall in the same sentence with fresh. but doesn't the ultimate comfort food have you pushing away from the table feeling better than when you sat down, nourished and energized, not sleepy and bloated? this theory does not permit throwing a salad down on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at groove food
one of my favorite aspects of blogging is the opportunity it affords to share incredible recipes with those on a quest for what to cook next. i often overwhelm the unfortunate whole foods clerk who nonchalantly asks what i intend to do with the beets i am purchasing. this usually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at groove food
there are a handful of things in the world that are indisputably awesome no matter in what form they come. i can think of a few. ice cream. paychecks. ukuleles. hugs. tacos. definitely tacos. they have so much going for them. they offer a myriad of flavors. the combinations and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at groove food
dot - this is the story of the day you married c. except it's not. it's the best i can do. tricky business, retelling the ineffable. so here are some words strung together disjointedly to interpret loosely. some pictures to take your breath away. like this one. whatever you were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at groove food
it seems only appropriate to begin the story of dot and c's wedding rehearsal with gnocchi 'casanova.' part of the romance of eating these plump spinach dumplings with the texture of marshmallows is being tucked in a corner at restaurant casanova, so your expression of dreaminess is a secret between... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at groove food
this begins the story of the day my best friend dot got married, told mostly through food and flowers. what better storytellers are there? it is also the story of how i successfully transported three pounds of beef tenderloin from san diego to carmel to make dinner for dot (aka... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at groove food
arriving at archi's acres organic farm in valley center, california is a heart-opening event before you even inhale your first spicy breeze of live basil. after winding up miles of road, lush with avocado groves, the farm announces you've arrived with a tunnel cypress that holds your little car like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at groove food
santa's cookies are gone. they were buttery-crisp shortbread circles with cream cheese frosting and plenty of green and red sprinkles--the kind of cookies that are as fleeting as christmas itself. jimmy's cookies, they are called. jimmy, you are on the naughty list. i could go on about the cookies, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at groove food
gift giving does not have to be hard on the wallet or the earth. inspired by the article "no new gifts holiday challenge" on the zen habits blog, i channelled my inner martha stewart and brainstormed these lists of food-minded holiday gifts that don't require any trips to the mall... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at groove food