Life with food — the moving spiritual memoir Recipe for Joy

A review of Robin Davis’ spiritual memoir, Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family, reflections on the role of food in community and a free book giveaway! [Read more…]

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The not-so-Christian roots of hot cross buns — with a recipe

Food traditions establish sense memories, which are the strongest kind. Marking annual events with specific foods is powerfully grounding. With Holy Week comes one of my favorites: hot cross buns. Read a little about the buns’ pre-Christian roots, and use my recipe to make your own this year! [Read more…]

Mardi Gras, pancakes and a new tradition

I consider turning a one-time thing into a new Mardi Gras tradition… [Read more…]

Latkes for Hanukkah — any excuse to celebrate with food

I’m not one to pass up the opportunity to celebrate with food. And not just within my own tradition. So each year, I honor Hanukkah by picking up some latkes — potato pancakes. Here are some reflections, tips and a recipe. [Read more…]

Making and sharing a meal for 36 — with recipes

Sharing a meal together is so entwined with Christian fellowship as to be inseparable — we have some hermits, but even our monastic tradition is mostly about hospitality and community. When I visit a monastery, we come together as a community for two activities: chanting the Hours and meals — singing together and eating together. I’m grateful to be able to do that every week. Recipes and photos included. [Read more…]

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Okonomiyaki and connecting through music

Music makes connections like no other art form, at least for me. Getting a late dinner of okonomiyaki (a Japanese savory pancake) at Otafuku, a take-out place in my neighborhood, I hear a track I don’t know, but I think I recognize the groove. “Is that Krush?” I ask. (I used to spin DJ Krush a lot when I had a downtempo radio show.) “Yeah,” says the cook/manager with a surprised smile and we end up talking about Krush and Spooky and Shadow for half an hour, while he shares some of his favorite tracks with me off his iPod over the store’s stereo… [Read more…]