Walking Home to Chicken-Chickpea Curry

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Last night I donned my black fleece jacket and a scarf I "borrowed" from my mom and headed out for an evening walk around my neighborhood. My attire proved passable as my blood began to flow more rapidly through my veins, though it was the first walk I've taken this year that caused me to consider my layers. I remembered I had cheeks as I strolled down Portland Avenue, observing activity in the lit homes as I passed. Miley Cyrus belted her anthems through my ...

Roasted Eggplant and Chickpea Soup: Really

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Eggplant: the meat of vegetables, the Parmesan-crusted sandwich filler of Italian fame, the beige ingredient in that one Middle Eastern spread we can never remember the name of. When prepared well, we ask ourselves why we never consider eggplant a staple ingredient. But when done poorly, all earlier memory of said vegetable is automatically wiped from our brains. Which is why my interest was piqued when I came across this culprit while shopping the other day. Big "Local" and "In Season" signs summoned me to the ...

Finding Time for Thai Chickpeas

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Isn't it funny how it seems it's always easier to get things done with less free time on hand? When I have a large chunk of free time ahead of me, I routinely make a long to-do list of all of life's duties I will finally have the time to attend to. Even more routinely, I ignore said lists. Why would I do laundry when I could instead take a walk to the edge of Queens and take in the Manhattan skyline across the smallest arm ...

(Gettin’) Curried (Away) Chickpea Salad

Today marks one month since the first day of this semester. It also marks exactly 3 months until I'll be turning my tassel, diploma in hand. The speed with which every semester seems to pass is nothing new, but the impending end of the existence of semesters/college certainly has been making the list of most popular topics of conversation. This new perspective has affected the attitude with which I approach each day. My sense of time is no longer centered around how many weeks are left ...

Humble Hummus

Remember the days when only the cool kids ate hummus? Some unsuspecting victim would bring the mysterious mixture to a neighborhood gathering or New Year's Eve party, and was immediately jumped on by the Rest of Us. We collectively gave Mrs. Cool a what's that? as we slid our veggies cautiously through the suspicious spread. "Chicks?" we gasped under our breath, trying to mask our horror. "This is make with chicks?!" The hummus-laden carrot stick would linger in front of our open mouths for a minute too long.  Mrs. ...