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We have two newcomers in our circle this week, Bret here in Portland and Maria in Salem, Oregon. Welcome Bret and Maria!

We also have two new recipes on our website. Those of us in Portland got to taste these at our summer potluck and can confirm they are good! Here is Diane's Gazpacho:
And here is Ruth's Brazilian Succotash:
Brazilian-Style Succotash

Making a difference

We have two New Yorkers joining our group this time, Laurie Stedman from Albany and Sophia Bae in New York City. Sophia was inspired to look us up when she tasted the excellent plant-based meals at a Blue Cliff retreat. She told me "The food during the retreat was so delicious, even my 10 year old was enthusiastic about it." I hope our recipes can keep that enthusiasm going! So glad to have you both with us, Laurie and Sophia.

Sad cows, cute veggies and hope for the future

We have a new cook joining our circle --- Marc Wortsman, a member of the Green Island Sangha in Merrick, New York. Welcome, Marc!

I hope you will enjoy the Fresh Peach Tart I brought to our summer potluck a few weeks back. It's probably not too late to find good peaches and try this before the summer is over:
Fresh Peach Tart

"Dairy is veal" and other thoughts...

Last Sunday 14 of us gathered for our Summer Mindful Cooking Potluck in Portland. Each time we have a different mix of people, but we always end up having a thoughtful and stimulating conversation abut our evolving relationship with food. We remember all of you in other places who are in this project with us and want to include you in the conversation by sharing the highlights.

Our growing circle

I've been gone for a few weeks but haven't forgotten you. In fact my travels have brought a new cook into our circle, my longtime friend Brenda Steeves in Gorham, Maine. She served us several delicious dinners while we were visiting there, and I hope she will be sharing her recipes with us!


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