Lentil-Barley Vegetable Soup

Some people think any female practitioner of magic is called a witch.  I am a mage, not a witch, though- to clarify- there’s nothing wrong with being a witch! In fact, several of my dearest friends are witches. From them, I learned one very important skill: Continue reading

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Quick Conjurations! Steamed Green Beans

Another trick here to get a spare veggie in a hurry! While green beans are crazy cheap for much of the year, many people don’t know if they like them. If you’re only thinking of them in terms of a sad little pile of textureless green tubes from a can, you’re in for a surprise! Continue reading

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Caulifredo

So, the time of year has come when mage’s robes are the most cumbersome, and days go by where I can’t seem to cool off, no matter how many walls of ice I cast. Running the oven would only make things worse, and a hot, heavy meal is the last thing I want! Continue reading

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Sweet and Spicy Carrots and Chickpeas

I’m particularly proud of a bit of magic I was able to do this past week. Over the weekend I had gone on a broomstick tour, which was definitely fun, but put me behind on household errands and chores. I wound up improvising every meal, using whatever I had sitting around. By Friday, my creativity was about at its end, as was my stash of ingredients! In terms of fresh produce, all I had was the tail end of a bunch of collard greens, a few stray carrots, and a badly bruised apple.   Continue reading

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Quick Conjurations! KAAAALE!!!

Okay, so being totally honest, there was a time in my life when I honestly thought that spinach was the only green I needed from the apothecary, even if sometimes I wished it didn’t turn into a bog monster when cooked. Continue reading

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Apple Pie Quinoa Porridge

Weekends are magical in their own right. Without the responsibilities of work or studies, they have a much more relaxed pace. Weekday mornings, I rely heavily on the pre-programmed setting on my coffee pot and eat overnight oatmeal that I make the night (or multiple nights) before. Simplicity is key when time is of the essence, but on weekends, I take the time to grind coffee beans and actually cook breakfast! That said, I still don’t always have tons of patience in the morning before coffee. Continue reading

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No-Noodle Lasagna

I have to confess a couple of things that I haven’t quite figured out how to replace since becoming a mage. First, I haven’t found a spell more situationally effective than a well-timed threat. But that’s probably true for most professions. Beyond that: ricotta cheese. I can’t do without it. Continue reading

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