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I hope you will enjoy my latest taste discovery ---- a wonderful risotto made with arborio rice and winter squash. It's intended for the pressure cooker but I expect you could do it on the stovetop with more time and attention. It was so good, mine was almost gone before I thought to snap a picture:
Risotto with Winter Squash

Newest Recipes

  • Risotto with Winter Squash, added 5 days ago
    This delicious risotto is intended for the pressure cooker but I'm sure it could be done on the stovetop with careful watching and stirring.
  • Collards with Garlic and Sesame, added 1 week ago
    A quick and tasty side dish using a pressure cooker.
  • Coconut Apple Bars (Raw!), added 3 weeks ago
    Very tasty energy bars made of all good stuff.
  • Ellen's Namasu, added 1 month ago
    Namasu is a Japanese side dish made with veggies of your choice and pickled in a simple vinaigrette. Although this is a side dish, it can be a meal with hot rice!! A nice cup of tea completes the meal.---Ellen

Recipe of the Week

Amazing Cheese Sauce for Queso, Macaroni & Cheese, etc.

I'm still astounded by this recipe - even after making it a dozen times! This is wonderful on veggies, in casseroles, as a queso dip, on nachos, etc. You might like to add some sliced avocado chunks and/or black beans if you make it into queso. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days, and it's delicious cold.

The recipe can easily be scaled up. We usually double it.

The Five Contemplations

Our Winter 2015 Potluck — Portland, Oregon, USA

The Contemplations are spoken before meals in the Order of Interbeing:

  • This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
  • May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
  • May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
  • May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
  • We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our sangha [community], and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.

These principles guide our mission on this website: to facilitate cooking and eating with mindfulness in such a way that we help to reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.