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On Hallowine and Czech Salads.


Hurricane Sandy’s outside, and she’s turning out to be a hot mess. The rain started a few hours ago and there’s going to be a lot of wind and water. And apparently no power. For quite a few days. I felt like a kid when I got the e-mail letting me know my office is […]

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Tiny Kitchen Adventures: Vegetarian Phở


Before we moved, Shaun warned me the new kitchen was “tiny.” When I saw it for the first time, I realized I had a lesson or two to teach him about center-city apartments: the kitchen is not “tiny” by city standards. I was actually impressed! But in my excitement, I forgot about the elephant in […]

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This Post is (Almost) All About Food and Philly.


There’s been a lot of food in my life between weddings, five days of work orientation/events and – wait for it – passing the bar. Shaun and I are excited to report [after about 24 hours of obsessively refreshing the PA Board of Law Examiners’ website] that our names are actually on the list of “successful […]

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Back to Cooking, Sort of.


Before leaving for Europe I got hooked on eating raw, vegan meals. During the time around the bar exam this included mostly smoothies and simple salads with seeds, nuts, and seasonal vegetables, and raw hummus and nut butter. It was a meal plan inspired by a nutrition program I took part in at the Eat! center […]

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Blood, Bones and Butter.


If I could think of a word to describe myself, “graceful” would never be on the short list. There are few things I do gracefully. Some women age gracefully. Maybe I have that to look forward to, but all signs are already pointing toward “no” on that front. The two most egregiously graceless things I […]

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Oh Yeah, I Still Have This Thing.


I got an e-mail the other day notifying me that my domain name was about to expire. To be honest, my first thought was, “Oh yeah, I still have that,” which isn’t surprising considering my last post was somewhere around the end of April. Nevertheless, I  renewed, and ryesandshine.com is officially active until 6.26.2013. I […]

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Oops.


Sometimes I make mistakes when labeling a recipe “vegan” or “vegetarian” on the blog. I’ve got some pretty awesome readers [I’m looking at you, Lauren], who happily call me out when I forgot I threw an egg white in or used whey instead of soy. I love being called out, although it’s probably indicative of […]

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Polyface Meat Meal #2: Chicken


The hardest part of exam time is the sad puppy eyes searing through your back as you’re bent over some textbook or hornbook for hours a day. “Play with me,” they beg. And, they don’t understand [or care] about “grades” or “jobs.” So I thought Grady needed a friend. In lieu of a second puppy [which […]

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How We Spent Other People’s Money


In case you forgot [which I’m sure you did, but I won’t hold it against you], I won something in February. I promised I’d let you know how we spent it, so here goes. But first, I have to preemptively address what I’m sure will be on a few of your minds after the post: […]

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I Cooked Meat and Lived to Tell the Story


Who cooked her first meat meal in years and survived? This girl. Polyface Meat Meal #1 was a beef-based “Bolognese” sauce. I call it “Bolognese” because tomato meat sauce is not at all like a traditional bolognese [which is veal, butter, onion, carrot, pancetta, truffles, broth, cream]. Instead, this is what most people think bolognese is […]

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