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Are you making the same resolution over and over? Try a new approach. Getting fit is an inside job.

As we head into another new year and people everywhere jump on the diet and fitness resolution bandwagon, I thought I’d rewind to last year at this time when everyone was probably making the exact same resolutions and I was talking about our real cravings and how to conquer eating issues without counting calories. So often our hunger has nothing to do with cookies or potato chips or eggnog. It has to do with our understanding of ourself and our place in the world and a hunger for inner peace and joy. We just use food to fill the void. Read more

Foodie Friday: Sweet potato black bean chili

I actually Googled “sweet potato black bean chili, Not Strictly Spiritual” this morning to find this recipe I had posted here months ago. It was easier than searching for it in the piles of cookbooks in my kitchen. This is what’s on the menu tonight at the Poust House. It’s de-lish! Give it a try, if you didn’t do it the first time around. Read more

Italy alert: We are now under the one-year countdown to the most amazing pilgrimage

One year from now we will be just back from the most amazing pilgrimage, a 13-day food and faith tour of Italy that will take us from Montecatini, Florence, Siena, and Assisi to Rome, Naples, Salerno, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri. There’s still plenty of time to save up some money and vacation days and join us for a wonderful weaving of spirituality, sightseeing, and one fabulous meal and hotel after another. You can find the full itinerary HERE. Read more

Foodie Friday: Ladling out lentil to start soup season

Foodie Friday is back after a long hiatus, thanks to a favorite recipe that inspired me to kickstart the old weekly recipe post. The beginning of soup season always makes me a little giddy, in a foodie sort of way, and this week we dove into the cool weather cooking with a hearty and satisfying lentil soup that also happens to be vegan. I didn’t do that on purpose but it’s a nice coincidence. Try this on a cool autumn or winter night, and you won’t be disappointed. Read more

Foodie Friday: Let the vacation eating begin

Vacation is under way here at the Poust House. Last night we fired up some S’mores. Today we are packing our annual single-serve sugar-loaded we-never-eat-this-any-other-time breakfast cereals. Every year the kids look forward to eating this stuff with abandon. (Shhh, don’t tell them most of these marshmallow-packed and chocolate-flavored cereals were considered healthy eating when I was little.)

“Pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers…” They’re magically delicious!

We will spend the next seven days eating some of the best worst food ever. Fried Oreos, waffles and ice cream, pizza and more pizza, and sugary cereals of every kind. Maybe I’ll post some shore food photos along the way. Stay tuned…

Foodie Friday: Tuna with avocado-tomatillo sauce

This is one of Dennis’ specialities. I’ve never made it. But it is so good, I have to share it here. If you don’t like tuna steaks, the sauce is so amazing you need to make that and put it on something else — grilled veggies, a baked potato, tortilla chips, the back of your hand. Yeah, it’s that good. Make extra.

This recipe is from Bobby Flay’s Boy Gets Grill cookbook. Serve it with fresh corn-on-the-cob for a perfect summer dinner. Read more

Foodie Friday: Zucchini blossoms, stuffed, battered and fried. Yum.

I’m rerunning this Foodie Friday post because I spotted some zucchini blossoms on a Facebook friend’s page yesterday (Hi, Rita!), and now I can’t stop thinking about this delicious and easy treat. I may have to get to the farmer’s market tomorrow morning to see if I can grab some up for an appetizer. Here’s the original post and why you need to go get zucchini blossoms, too:

When I went to Rome almost three years, I wandered from restaurant to restaurant, desperately asking (in my pathetic version of Italian): “Fiori di zucca fritta?” Fried zucchini blossoms? And the answer was a resounding: “No, not in season.” Argh. Read more

Foodie Friday: Warm farro salad is a hit at our house

It’s always a banner day when I make a new dish and five out of five family members give it a double thumbs up. This is one of those dishes. Who’d have thought farro would make the cut? But it did. The first time I made it, everyone whined because I didn’t make enough, so the next time I doubled the recipe and we still finished it. Here you go. This is the doubled version of the recipe from Bob Greene’s Best Life DietSuper easy and super delicious. Read more

Soba noodle salad with radishes and snap peas

This is a yummy salad that’s easy to make and really tasty. The last time I made it, we had it alongside some Trader Joe’s dumplings and spring rolls. It was a quick dinner that felt gourmet, sort of a semi-homemade kind of thing. Four out of five people at our house loved it, which is pretty good for us. It’s perfect as a side dish for supper or as a main course for lunch. Read more