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Food Forests and Other Bright Futures for the Planet

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading Starhawk’s new book, City of Refuge. I was very much looking forward to it, being a long-time fan of Walking to Mercury

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

I loved cauliflower before it was cool. Seriously: it was one of my favorite vegetable as a child. My grandma would put it, finely minced, in soups; my mom would

Soup Tip: Mashed White Beans

Last night, by chance, I came across a really neat soup-thickening tip. I wanted to make a vegetable soup, and hoped to add some bean power to it, but didn’t

More on Governor Brown’s Sentencing Initiative

This is a follow-up to my initial comments on the proposed initiative, titled The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016,  I’ve had a chance to read the text, and also to

BREAKING NEWS: Brown’s Proposed Sentencing Reform Pulls Us Back to the Future

Just two days after the Supreme Court’s encouraging decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana and President Obama’s announcement of a solitary confinement overhaul in the federal system, comes this astounding piece

SCOTUS Offers Hope for Lifers Without Parole Sentenced When They Were Juveniles

In 1963, Henry Montgomery killed a police officer. His murder conviction in Louisiana, for “guilty without capital punishment”, carried a mandatory life without parole sentence. That is, under Louisiana law,

My Inaugural Paella

After being served this wonderful paella a couple of weeks ago, I could not wait to start experimenting with my own. Despite the wonderfulness of having an enormous pan for

Kalenta

It’s polenta. With kale. And pesto. And a bit of vegan butter and salt. What’s not to like? 1 bundle dino kale1/2 cup coarse cornmeal2 cups water2 tbsp pesto1-2 tsp

Restaurant Recommendation: Herban Fix in Atlanta, GA

The meal I had today at Herban Fix, a vegan chef restaurant in Atlanta, has to rank as one of the most memorable meals I ate in my entire life.

Vegetable Paella

After a long hosting stint, it was nice to be invited to have dinner with friends. It was a good, avid-meat-eating friend’s birthday, and the meal was to be cooked