Ritual Ruts

April 26, 2009

I’ve begun reading a book of David Foster Wallace short stories a friend, recently in town, let me borrow.  He told me I would like it, to which I wasn’t sure what that meant but I proceeded without question.  David Foster Wallace, the late prolific, has been ignored on my bookshelves out of fear (mostly).  I fear some authors because of their critical, oftentimes tragic sight.  It happened with Murakami, Ellis and many other young, post-modern writers.  Their literary voice and plot penetrates my days, actions, and auras (I understand I might have gotten a little too dramatic using that word).  A highly affected woman should not be reading House of Leaves or anything Philip Roth writes (but I cannot deny that these books are some of my favorite possessions).

 I looked at the book in my friends car and thought hard about the book and why Wallace never received at least an honorable mention by me.  In all honesty, I don’t want his mastery of “higher” language to screw up my sunny day.  I just want to see it as a sunny day.

Anyways, I read the short stories and it is still a sunny day.


April 23, 2009


Found: beet cupcake recipe

I used:
1 cup shredded, roasted red beets (our red beets are pretty hard, so after we roast them, they tend to stay firm enough to grate and not mash up into pulp!)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup fat free milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped almonds

My method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C)
2. Mix beets, oil, milk, vanilla, and brown sugar well in a big bowl.
3. In another bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
5. Add the raisins to the batter.
6. Line the muffin tins, put one scoop of batter in each cup, and top with a few chopped almonds.
7. Bake for 15 – 20 min until the tops are lightly browned, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
8. Cool to room temperature and store in cool, dry place. If you frost them with whipped cream, don’t forget to refrigerate them.

April 14, 2009



 “Frugalistas” :The rise of thrifty hipsters who get their thrills from no-frill living marks “a re-emergence of thrift as a value,” according to the New York Times. From secondhand shops to homegrown crops, penny pinching’s taken on a new luster.





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April 6, 2009


Unfortunately, I woke to the news of an earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy.  This region is a mountainous region east of Rome.  I farmed here over the summer.  I hope the best for Marino y Elide! 

Marino y Elide at Laperegina



homemade ricotta: such a highlight of life….