Black Beans with Feta

Black Beans with Feta

Simple food is my hallmark.  I love soup because it is typically a one pot meal that can feed us for days. With covid I count my blessings that cooking is not just one of my useful life skills but a favorite pastime. However, even I have cooking fatigue and my food although always easy has become more and more simplified. This easy-peasy recipe came out of a recipe fail and is now in permanent rotation: Black Beans with Feta 2 cans of black beans 1 small block of feta 3 TBL of Harissa (this is a specialty blend and worth having on hand because it is delicious) 1 Onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 small red pepper, chopped fine 1 TBL of ghee (ghee has a very high fire point so I often use when cooking but olive oil is fine too) If you have a dutch oven or a pan that can go from stove top to oven that will make this a one pot wonder but if you don’t – washing two pans is worth it. Saute the onion in the ghee over medium heat. Once the onions have some nice color stir in the garlic and red pepper, saute until fragrant (be careful not to burn your garlic as it makes the flavor bitter). Add the harissa and beans and stir together. Turn off heat and nestle slices of feta into the mixture (this is the best part so tuck as much as you can in there). Cover and bake in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. Baked feta is revelatory....
Further notes on Anti Racist Literature

Further notes on Anti Racist Literature

Our hope with this Anti Racist Literature List is that you are inspired to read one book. Read that one first.  Commit to that and see it through. And then ponder. Noodle. Sit with it. “White privilege has nothing to do with you being a good person or a bad person. It is from the fact that you have been raised in a racialized society that you might not have been aware of.” Christina Desimone After reading and pondering our hope is that you will choose to read another or maybe it will inspire you to go down a rabbit hole of podcasts or documentaries (lists to come).  But don’t wait on me. Google that shit and then do that. The thing is. Personal growth cannot be prescribed by anyone else. It is up to you to do it. You alone can cause the change. So as your own best expert. Look inwards. Push yourself to do this uncomfortable work. You will be imperfect and it will be awkward. Consider letting those mistakes become teachable moments. Remember those? Remember learning when you were young, how much repetition, how many mistakes, how many failures? It is only in agitation that we grow. IT is time. The time is now. I believe in...
Reading List: Anti Racist Literature

Reading List: Anti Racist Literature

Christina DeSimone provided a wealth of information about Anti-Racist Literature on our Instagram Live! I hope you were able to join us but if not you can view it here! Forgive the beginning – it was our first live (learning curve!) and all those packages chaos at the beginning are because: baby White Privilege has nothing to do with you being a good person or a bad person. It is the fact that you have been raised in a racialized society that you might not have even been aware of.                                         ~ Christina DeSimone Some of you know and some of you don’t know that I was a librarian (Master’s from U. Pitt) and worked as a librarian for a decade.  As a librarian I believe in the deep and abiding power of literacy. I believe that racism is rooted in ignorance. I believe that people have the ability to grow in knowledge and therefore change themselves. Without further ado (links go to Amazon but don’t forget your local library will have them too): Between the World and Me How to be an Anti-Racist  (YA) Racing to Justice Was the Cat in the Hat Black Building Equity Culturally Responsive Teaching So you want to talk about race Moving Diversity Forward Tell Me Who You Are Two Fantasy/SCI-fi by African American authors, that Christina mentioned at the end of our conversation simply because I love this genre: Kindred Children of Blood and...
Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs

  Castor Oil Packs are simple, relaxing and a surprisingly powerful aid to the immune system.  They seem like a lot of work but they are not. I am using them weekly as part of my I-love-you-routines and I personally find that they restore me in ways that are hard to fully express.  Plus they help me slip into a deep meditative state and when I am relaxed I cannot be anxious. I love that fact. Castor Oil is a very old healer. Made from Castor Beans it has been used both internally and externally for thousands of years and for numerous reasons.  It is a wonderful home remedy and simple to put into practice. Current research has identified castor oil as an anti-toxin and as having impact on the lymphatic system enhancing immunological function. G. Harvey, Immunomodulation of Castor Oil Packs There are two ways to offer yourself this healing tool.  First and foremost you will want to be comfortable. Think cushion under head and knees comfort, cozy blanket. A few towels – castor oil will stain – so use the same ones. When I come to rest with a castor oil pack I find that I move into a very meditative space or I drift of to sleep.  Either is fine. I do set an alarm to end the practice. The more traditional method: Cut a piece of cotton that can cover the upper right of your abdomen and a little more (liver area).  Soak this cloth in Castor Oil (this is a lot of oil the first time, less as time moves on). Rest on a...
Cultivate personal peace

Cultivate personal peace

This is a surreal moment. Anxiety is rampant. Fear is amped. And the worry. The repetitive worry absolutely mind bending. I made this video this morning and am sharing it with no edits and no bells and whistles. Just a simple 15 minute meditative and breath practice because now is the time.  Now is the time to cultivate personal peace and reduce stress.  You cannot be anxious and relaxed at the same time. It isn’t possible. So come on – peace out for 15. Obviously: Do not do this meditation while driving or operating...