Portland is a city of passion.  It seems like people do what they love -whether it involves food, art, bicycles, music, beer, or cars.  Everyone takes time to enjoy and do things consciously.  No one is in a rush to catch the Max rail.  Even more amazing, drivers will even spare a few seconds to simultaneously stop on a four-lane road and wave pedestrians across the street the instant they reach a crosswalk.  Although there seemed to be a record amount of smokers, the city is a place with which I felt a connection.

The little time I was able to spend exploring the city outside of working a conference has inspired me to snap out of the end-focused DC mindset and start living every day with happiness in mind.  Thank you, Portland!  You are a gorgeous city with wonderful people!  I hope DC adopts a thing or two from you!


You will receive a fortune with a click of the mouse….in bed

I am packing and cleaning up my room and find a fortune that reads:

With my friend and I having started and operating a community service program since April, I cannot agree with it more.

I don’t recall the last time I have eaten Chinese food, but I’ve always loved the end of the meal when they bring you your handwritten bill on a plastic black receipt tray with packages of fortune cookies resting on them.  Thanks to twitter, I found this site.  Whether you are feeling uninspired, lost, or bored, you can get that small feeling of excitement and a token for whatever preoccupies your mind sans a meal in white cartons.

CSA week 13


My last CSA in the house!!!

  • 1 Bitter Melon- Certified Organic – De-Glae
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 1 Cantaloupe – Certified Organic – Red Fox Organics
  • 1 Bag Yukon Gold Potatoes – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Pint Red Grape Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Freedom Acres Farm
  • 1 Bag Red Tomatoes – Certified Organic – White Swan Acres

And I end with a melon!

CSA dinner 12


Sorry for the lack of postings as every minute of spare time I have recently has been spent watching the Olympics or packing up my room for the big move.

Last Thursday, we had a mini dinner with a couple of our roommates away for the weekend.  On the menu was zucchini stuffed with ….( I can’t remember now. I will have to ask my roommate) and cubed potatoes with tomato, cheese, and spices.

CSA week 12


  • 1 Purple Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Echo Valley Organics
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 1 Bunch Chioggia Beets – Certified Organics – Plum Hill Organics
  • 1 Bag Heirloom Paste Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Taste of Nature
  • 1 Bag Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Riverview Organics
  • 1 Bag Garlic – Certified Organic – Sweetaire Farm
  • 1 Bag Oregano – Certified Organic – Noble Herbs
  • 1 Bag Red Potatoes – Certified Organic – Hill Organics

One of my last CSA’s in DC! :(

I’m excited about the tomatoes! They have been delicious!

CSA dinner 11


House dinner time! Tonight we had four roommates cooking four dishes simultaneously with three using the oven -coincidentally all requiring the temperature to be 375 degrees.  Quite an operation!  loved it.

using every space to make dinner while listening to pandora of oldies

One roommate made green bean casserole. Another a potato crust tart.  Another sauteed some squash and chard.  I made eggplant parmesan. The other bought beer.  The girl taking my room brought a giant tray of peach cobbler.

So much food!  Amazing dinner yet again. I will definitely miss my DC house family when I move…

Super easy bread, you say? We’ll see about that…

I’m not sure if there are many people like me out there, but my bread won’t rise.

I follow the directions exactly as recipes say.

Wait until the yeast is foamy.

Don’t put too hot of water in with yeast to kill it.

Do the cycles of rising and punching down.

While I don’t have career goals for the immediate future, I have definite plans of opening a small bakery when I am of AARP beneficiary age.  I honestly was about to give up on bread and my dream of a bakery altogether, but then came across this recipe.  I was skeptical but I mean, they can’t call it “Super Easy Bread for Beginners” for no reason, right??

It’s not the typical quartet of yeast, flour, water, and sugar, but check out the result below!! I broke the curse!  My future 65-year-old self is happy.

CSA week 11


  • 1 Costata Romanesco Heirloom Zucchini – Certified Organic – Eastbrook Produce
  • 1 Pint Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Millwood Springs Organics
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 2 Green Zucchini – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Head Savoy Cabbage – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Bag Yukon Gold Potatoes – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Bag Garlic – Certified Organic – Friends Road Organics

Eggplants? Yessss! More cabbage?!? nooooooooooo

CSA dinner 10


CSA dinner with all the roommates reunited!!!  Our one roommate took the lead to make an amazing vegetarian chili while another grilled some corn and vegetable kebobs. Eating all of this while our roommate (I have 5 roommates, in case you were wondering) who literally just got back from California in time for dinner recounted her adventures of Comic-Con, crossing the border to Tijuana, and digging her own hot tub at a beach with a cove.  (She’s not as crazy as this summary makes her sound). It’s good to be home again with the DC family!

onion, ,zucchini, and yellow squash kebobs

avocado flower

vegetarian chili

CSA dinner 9 – part 1 and 2


Our fridge is now finally emptied of the old, thanks to two dinners, and filled with today’s new items.

Dinner 1: Sauteed squash, zucchini, onion, green beans, beets, everything with tofu served over rice

Dinner 2: Latkes, tomato with mozzarella and basil, and green beans (not pictured)

And while I was gone in California, my roommates had a sloff (slaw off) to use up all the cabbage! I’m sad I missed that, but thank goodness we got a break from cabbage this week!