THE (ALMOST) FORESTALE & THE ROAD TO GREEN RIVER

There are some places that sit in our memories bathed in gold. I find many of my remembrances from the childhood trips my family took to the western US situated in this way – warm in my mind and full of great beauty. A new friend recently brought these memories back to me, as can happen when we connect with another person – they bring us back to part of ourselves.

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FANCY KRAFT – THE BEST QUICK MAC & CHEESE

There are few foods in life more universally comforting than a bowl of macaroni and cheese. It is one of the few meals that soothes our weary souls from childhood to adulthood. This is a quick, easy, and delicious one-pot version that you can adapt to your liking on those days where you just need something warm in your belly as quickly as possible (and fewer dishes to do after). Enjoy!

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A ‘GOOD ENOUGH’ REASON: THE LONG PATH TO TRUSTING MY GUT

‘Just trust your gut’, they say, ‘it will never lead you down the wrong road’. And while the vast majority of us know these words to be universally true, the act of trusting your deepest self can be quite difficult in practice. Especially when you are making a major change in your life or when there are the feelings and futures of others at stake. This is the story of learning to trust your own intuition – and the peace that comes with being true to yourself.

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MY TEAM: LESSONS IN NOT GOING IT ALONE

We often believe that we must function independently – that our worth is determined by how well we can ‘go it alone’. However, when we let go of this idea and embrace the support of those around us, our lives open up in ways we could have never imagined. We find our teams. This is how I found mine.

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SO MUCH MORE THAN A CHEESEBOARD

When is a cheeseboard more than a cheeseboard? When it has everything you need (and want) for a meal. It’s simple, quick to put together, and relatively cheap if you raid your fridge for those random cheese pieces, leftover fruits and veggies, and the ends of your jars of honey and jam (plus that box of crackers in the back of your pantry). Put it all on a board and dinner is done. It’s a whole that is better than the sum of its parts.

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A (VERY INAUTHENTIC) CARBONARA

There is nothing like a good carbonara. It’s a pasta dish that you cannot describe unless you’ve tasted it – like a really great kiss, it deserves to be experienced. As a vegetarian, my carbonara will never be by-the-book authentic, but it’s pretty damn good in its own right. Buon appetito and enjoy.

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LOVE AND GRATITUDE (AND PASTA)

I have always had an affinity for love stories – and I undoubtedly always will. Little did I know that the more experience I had with those moments of romantic love the more I would appreciate their complements – the love found in family, friendship, and, perhaps, greatest of all, that elusive love of self.

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