Grilled Steak over Black Beans with Chimichurri

grilled steak with black beans

I had never cooked a steak before. Mostly because I do not enjoy steak, at least not enough to buy one and prepare it myself. There was a big old sirloin in our meat CSA delivery this month, so it was time to give this a try. Continue reading


Roast Beef with Gravy, Popovers, Potatoes and Tiny Carrots (but mostly, a book review of “Meals in Minutes”)


The first thing you need to know about Jamie Oliver’s “Meals in Minutes” is that the title is a lie. Don’t get me wrong – I love the book. Continue reading

Vegetable of the Month: Parsnips

Little Hippie picked out “Rah! Rah! Radishes” from a display in the Library. We had a lot of fun reading the book and checking out the photographs. LH expressed an interest in trying some of the vegetables we didn’t see very often at our house. I asked whether she would ¬†want to choose a new veggie each month to learn about and cook with, and she agreed. We flipped through the pages until we found some winter root vegetables and chose parsnips as our first veggie of the month. Continue reading

Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives had gotten quite a bit of buzz, so I put my name on the waitlist at our local library. It’s a damning indictment of animal products and processed foods. According to this documentary, our diet is responsible for many of our health problems, especially heart disease and prostate cancer.

Heart disease and prostate cancer? I was particularly susceptible to this message because this film became available at the library very shortly after my dad’s cardiac event and open heart surgery. This was a few months after he had completed treatment for prostate cancer (p.s. My dad loved 2011. It kicked ass). I watched the segment of Forks Over Knives showing coronary bypass surgery less than a week after my father had undergone this procedure. They had my attention.

Speaking of my dad, I made cookies for his heart party recently. What cookie platter would be complete without heart bypasses and gingerbread men with chest scars?

Graphically gratifying for the sweet tooth

People in this film told their stories of reversing heart disease with a plant-based whole foods diet. They had heart scans to back this up. Filmmakers showed us doctors who got their patients off of tons of medications used to treat lifestyle-based illness (like heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension) using diet and exercise. Then, medical professionals shared their research reviews and their own findings in this area.

And this is where Forks Over Knives took a terrifying turn for me. Continue reading

14 Cows for America

The Library had this book sitting atop one of the shelves, and I found the artwork to be so beautiful that we had to check it out. I had not heard about this book, nor was I looking for a children’s book discussing September 11th. Like I said, it was just a pretty book, and our library tends to make good suggestions with their book placement. Little Hippie wanted to read the story in bed that night, so we dove in. Continue reading

Hippie Hiatus

Ugh. It’s April. This month is always a black hole – spring break, the arrival of warmer weather, the renewal of the drudgery of yard work, and preparing for Little Hippie’s birthday at the end of the month all combine to bring bloggery to a grinding halt. Some people would plan ahead and stack up a few posts in anticipation of the slump, but that’s not really my style.

So, I apologize for not doing a substantive post AGAIN this week. As a poor substitute, I offer this partial listing of what we’ve been up to and where we’re heading. Continue reading