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and after I eat a late lunch that I never cook, I typically read something a wee bit ephemeral like the current book club book, a Diana Gabaldan novel, a P.D. James or a Dorothy Sayers (I’m re-reading all of her mysteries this winter). Right now I’m stuck, really stuck on a book called, FROM HERE, YOU CAN’T SEE PARIS, by Michael S. Sanders (2002, Harper Collins) I’ve read a lot of books about living in France (Isn’t there a plethora?), and enjoy them all, but this guy describes things so vividly I feel not only like I’m right there, but perhaps I’m the one writing or maybe participating in some way. Quite touching, quite moving, quite arms-open-wide-here’s-how-it-feels.
There are times on Sunday that we go for a long walk with the doggies; we live near the Mississippi River and there’s a beautiful, miles’ long parkway with walking-bike trails. In the winter, it’s the only time we go to The Mall of America, despite the fact that it’s ten minutes away. Great place to walk in bad weather if it’s not too crowded; I seldom buy anything but lunch.
LUNCH FOR THE WEEK.
- 1/2 cup white wine or water
- 2-quarts vegetable stock, gluten-free
- 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 7-ounce can chopped chiles, undrained
- 3-4 drops hot sauce (I like Tabasco)
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 sweet potato peeled, large dice
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 each yellow squash and zucchini, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
- 1 parsnip, peeled, sliced thinly
- Handful of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
- 1 teaspoon each kosher salt and ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon each: fresh ground black pepper and chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- tortilla chips (gluten-free) or grated cheddar cheese, if desired for garnish