a meditation


“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, 

we have come to our real work 

and when we no longer know which way to go, 

we have begun our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed. 

The impeded stream is the one that sings.” 

Eat Well: Summer Soups & Salads

... And speaking of summer not being over, the following post is a Greatest Hits collection of Summer Soups + Salads from yesteryear. Shout-out to WWW for being the mastermind behind most of these bad boys. Click hyperlinks for full recipes. 

WWW’s Cold Zucchini Soup (6 servings)

6 medium-large zucchini, cut into chunks
1 large onion (or two small ones)
1 teaspoon curry powder
4 cups vegetable broth
1 ½ cups buttermilk, yoghurt, or kefir (from humanely raised cows, of course!)
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste

(Click here for more.)


Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup (Modified from Moosewood)
4 cups peeled, seeded, chopped cucumber
2 cups yogurt
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons fresh mint leaves
1-2 Tbs. honey
1-2 teaspoons fresh dill

(click here for more.)


Carrot and Orange Soup (modified from The Silver Palate)
4 T butter or olive oil
2 cups finely chopped yellow onions
2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
salt and pepper to taste
grated fresh orange zest to taste.

(click here for more deets.)


Wendy’s Gazpacho
4 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 large sweet cucumber (Japanese or hot house cucumber)
1 small red onion
2 stalks celery, strings removed
1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded
1 seeded and finely chopped jalapeno pepper (if you like it spicy)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups R. W. Knudsen Very Veggie juice (or tomato juice)
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup good quality olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

(for more details go, here.)


Russian Cabbage Borscht (two ways)
2 T butter or olive oil
1 chopped onion
1 ½ cups thinly sliced potato
3 large beets, thinly sliced
1 large sliced carrot
1 stalk chopped celery
½ cabbage, chopped
6 cups vegetable stock (more if needed)
salt to taste
black pepper
½ tsp dill weed or 1 T fresh dill
2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs. honey
1 cup tomato puree
Toppings: sour cream and dill

(more details, here.

Wendy & Bec


Is it too late for a summer anthem? Because I think this is a pretty solid choice...

Speaking of summer, I went to Target yesterday looking for beach umbrellas and was told "It's too late, sorry, we don't carry beach stuff this late in the season. You're going to have to order your umbrella online." And I was like "IT'S MID-JULY! THERE ARE SIX WEEKS LEFT OF SUMMER WHAT IS THIS MADNESS."

Seriously. Am I the only one who doesn't SHOP FOR THINGS MONTHS IN ADVANCE!? Who shops for umbrellas NOT in mid-July?

...Anyway, there are six weeks left of summer so I'm going to go ahead and answer my own question:

Summer Anthem:
272. You and I by: Margaret Glaspy


And while we're all waiting in the van for our umbrellas to ship...