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Elana Amsterdam and John cooking

Friday I took a much needed breather and spent the day with Grandma and Papa John at their place in upstate New York.  The first thing we did when we left the city was head on over to a health food store.  I grabbed every vegetable that would fit in the cart.

For me, that’s the one main thing I miss while traveling -vegetables. I can get good protein consisting of chicken, fish or eggs, however I usually need to order 2 salads and it’s just not enough greens/veggies for me.  I’m still not sated.

When we arrived at their house, I went right to work.  I put up a huge pot of veggie stock as Grandma and I had both come down with sore throats during the busy week of book signings (she came to every one!).  I also made them this Summer Squash Salad, a big bowl of Sesame Dip and a monstrous platter of sliced raw vegetables.

Being in their kitchen I also noticed how much I had missed chopping during the week.  I feel such a quiet and peace in the kitchen.  No need to speak, just complete focus on the mediation of chopping and the sadhana that is cooking.

It was so great to be in their cozy space with Grandma’s artwork hanging all around us.  An overall wonderful day with two fabulous people.  Thanks Grandma and Papa John, for keeping me company while I was missing my husband and children oh so much!

Elana Amsterdam and John cooking

posted on September 13, 2009, 5 comments

  1. Hooray for intimate family/cooking time!! You deserve it.

  2. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    I’m glad you got that breather with family and food you need. We don’t want you getting ill during this wonderful time in your life!


  3. Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) @ SimplySugarAndGlutenFree.com

    I go through the exact same thing when I travel – I never seem to be able to get enough of the foods my body wants. We are so used to lots of good, fresh produce and it’s so hard to find when having to eat out.

    My hubby travels frequently and when he gets home all he really wants is for me to make a good meal and to have a quiet night at home.

  4. Joey

    How wonderful that you were able to visit with your family. Being that I’m 2000 miles from anyone from my family I really cherish the times I get to spend with them. One day we are hoping to move east and be closer to family. A huge dream of mine.

  5. Rebecca

    That sounds so nice Elana, and I love all the art behind you in the pictures.

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