1. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Who Love Chipotle Crunch Soup
Courtesy of Mr. Fong, author of “Food Memories”
To me, Chipotle Crunch Soup is truly the food of love. Maybe it’s that flaky crust that seals the perfect crunch, or the hot cilantro-tomatillo broth that’s energizing and relaxing all at once, but even with the fastest dinners and the newest utensils, it’s just always delicious. Throw in the red sauce and it’s like eating a bowl of some of the finest guacamole ever. It makes me wonder if it’s Chipotle—or is it just the love for Chipotle?
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2. Garden of Eden
Courtesy of Beth Ann Scalisi, author of “In Pursuit of the Table”
“If we don’t have vegetables, we will have snakes!” These wise words from God leave us with an important question to ponder. Take a moment to consider which and how many jars of chili peppers are you leaving in your pantry? What type of lettuce are you ordering? How many summer tomatoes and other produce are you throwing out? If we didn’t have the items in our pantry, wouldn’t snakes be better off in the desert?
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3. Pick-up and Carry
Courtesy of Laura G. Ashbrook, author of “Food Wisdom”
“Life is not some isolated thing and the business of enjoying it is not a solitary exercise. Enjoying life as much as you can is a joyful and enjoyable experience.”
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4. The Perfect Vacation Meal
Courtesy of Cesar R. Flores, author of “Bubbling Up Bakery”
There are many reasons we make great decisions: good friends, good finances, or good past experiences. With any of these factors in play, it might feel easier to quickly treat yourself to some high-quality indulgence. But that just isn’t good enough. There’s nothing wrong with sweets on occasion, but what do we get out of this greater habit? What kind of permission does it give to the next person that might want to take us for a ride?
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5. How Long Should I Set My Table?
Courtesy of C. M. Armstrong, author of “One Plate at a Time”
We all know how important hospitality is. Given our obligations in our daily lives, many of us only consider making time for dinner every once in a while, if at all. These sweet dishes reinforce the need for us to make time for ourselves. Rather than rushing to set our table before we’ve even cleared our plates, take the time to sit down and enjoy every item and smell in the kitchen.
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6. The Holiday Cookbook
Courtesy of Daniel B. Dinerstein, author of “Decked Out”
The first step in creating a space that is inviting to everyone who visits is to make sure that we have enough room in it to store and display our proper collection of holiday plates. The whole process of selecting plates is a great opportunity to reflect on how you would like your future meal to feel. The type of plates you choose is a simple way to convey you appreciate the memory of the meal and maybe even learn to appreciate the process involved in making it.
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7. A Loaf of Bread Is Good for the Soul
Courtesy of Tom Collichio, author of “Bread Pudding”
I’ve seen a lot of inspiring body transformations, with kids chopping carrots in their kitchens or adults chopping and mixing their vegetables in their kitchen before they step out the door. The same, however, is true when it comes to mindfulness, nutrition, and even cookery. Staying mindful and eating and cooking in order to get well is the first step in taking care of yourself. When we do this, we become happier and healthier, not only in our own bodies, but for ourselves, and others around us.
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8. The Spoon Cat
Courtesy of Alexia de Anda, author of “Frozen Frogs