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Meat and Potatoes: Simple Recipes that Sizzle and Sear, promises to deliver “52 irresistible, simple meals,” along with knowledge (about meat and cast-iron cookery) “to help you upgrade your dishes.” Each meal plan offers a meat (of course) main dish … Continue reading
This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can a we live with problems?
Sure, moderation is wise. But…
Isn’t moderation a church-lady, finger-pointing, tsk-tsking spoiler of fun?
In order to live well with chronic pain, I’ve had to learn to pace myself, to put on the brakes and say, “well that’s enough of that for today.”
I had to change my attitude about moderation,
to empower myself to see restraint as a life-enhancing, rather than a life-restricting principle.
Here’s the way I see moderation now:
Moderation embraces every thing, each at the proper time and in the appropriate season.
Moderation accepts the gifts found in everything, without hoarding or clinging to anything:
Living and dying; planting and harvesting; joining in and sitting out; tearing down and rebuilding; wine and water; feasting and fasting; weeping and laughing; grieving and celebrating; embracing and distancing; meats and vegetables; searching and waiting; working and resting; stocking up and discarding; fats and carbohydrates and protein; saving and sharing; cutting up and mending; loving and despising; knowing and not knowing; every emotion from exhilaration to sadness; every thought from confusion to understanding to re-evaluation; every experience–whether meditative, routine or adventurous–
Healthy living demands moderation in all things.
The philosophy of moderation is not restrictive; it is expansive.
Moderation welcomes brave ideas. It says, “And the converse has its place, and the contrary is useful, and the other is important, too.”
Because the moments of our lives are momentary gifts; to enjoy and to share and to let go.
And that’s enough of my opinion.
Of what do you think, when you hear the word moderation?
Level-headed, business-minded entrepreneurs who want to succeed in the restaurant business today, should read Restaurant Success by the Numbers. For more than 20 years I’ve been married to a (successful but now retired) chef and restaurateur, and I can confidently say … Continue reading
This is part of a series of an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything: L is for Let-it-go! I’ve been stepped on. Bruised. Trounced. Crushed. What’s my initial, instinctive, human response? I’m shocked– how could they? I’m in attack mode– … Continue reading
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I recommend this cookbook to: people who have visited Spain, fallen in love with the food and culture of its various regions, who want a coffee-table picture book, with extremely authentic recipes to help them relive their experience. Also, for … Continue reading
My recent favorite cookbook is Exotic Table: Flavors, Inspiration, and Recipes from Around the World – To Your Kitchen by Aliya Leekong. If you’re proficient in the kitchen, have an adventurous palate (not afraid of heat or exotic spices) and … Continue reading
Welcome to another post in my series about published writers who help other writers. Click here to access my series about writers who blog about writing. Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture and history of the … Continue reading