Author: Sydney Liles

Banana Bread

I love to cook. My family loves to eat what I cook. I have a tendency to “improve recipes as I go. I often make notes on cookbook pages to document my changes as you can see in the photo.…

Posole! Ole!

I am a huge fan of posole. A Mexican stew made with hominy, chilis and pork.  It is spicy and hearty and wonderful. The best posole I have ever eaten is found in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a little…

Modifying Family Favorites

One of the obstacles facing a family changing their diet to vegetarian is the loss of favorite meals. As we changed our diet, I considered at the favorite recipes and looked for ways to modify them to be vegetarian. I…

The lost art of making do

Let’s face it, we all like things that are new and shiny. When given a choice most of us pick new over old. The ongoing economic recession has made it more challenging for all of us to get the new…

Words matter

This is a little bit of a rant. I have been noticing an increase in over the top marketing language. We have revolutionary new products. We have wars on everything from drugs to Christmas. We see it and hear it…

Vegan Ravioli

Here is one of the challenges I have been facing our vegetarian diet. My husband love ravioli. He is also lactose intolerant. The challenge has been to find a no cheese ravioli. You can easily find ravioli filled with meat…

The myth of retraining

One of the things I hear politicians say, especially near elections, is that the solution to the jobs crisis is for those who are unemployed or under employed to get retraining. This is a myth. It doesn’t help. Here is…

Veggie Fried Rice

I had the most delicious vegetarian fried rice at a little place call Sunflower Vegetarian in Vienna, VA (http://www.crystalsunflower.com/Vienna/index_normal.htm) It gave me such a taste for vegetarian fried rice that I started searching recipes. Trust me, there are lots. I…

Pizza Potatoes

Let’s face it, the potato is a practically perfect food. It is abundant, inexpensive and a fantastic base for all kinds of other foods. I found this recipe for Pizza Potatoes on the Whole Foods site.  I have made it…