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by Sarah Steimer

Houston kitchen

Our tidy kitchen table on one of our first days. In the month ahead, this became the centerpiece of numerous meals, homework sessions and epiphanies of all types. The kitchen and its table truly was the heart and soul of our home away from home.

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by Caitlin Saniga / photos by Joel Hawksley

I love it when Joel take pictures. I tell him this all the time. So it was to my utter delight when his new lens arrived just in time and he brought it along to Outstanding in the Field this past weekend. What is Outstanding in the Field, you ask? I’ll tell you about our experience at Arcadian Fields in Hope Valley, R.I., but I think the photos tell a better story.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Roanoke

Does this photo of Roanoke look familiar? I’m borrowing it from a post I wrote three and a half years ago, when I first moved to Roanoke.

I’ve been putting off this post for awhile now because, like the quote from “The Wonder Years” goes:

Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go.

I made a huge leap of faith a couple of months ago when I packed up what few belongings would fit in my car and drove away from Roanoke, eastward toward Providence, R.I. Flip ahead to the happy ending of this story, and you’ll find that I’m settling in nicely in this new city, in a new job and with my terrific boyfriend, Joel, by my side. I’ve traded in my familiar, beloved mountainous surroundings for a spot near the ocean in the smallest state in the country. Who knew my next adventure would be in New England? I certainly didn’t, but I’m so happy I’m here. There’s so much to explore and so many new things to experience.

But I can’t move on without first looking back and paying tribute to Roanoke, the place that shaped my foundation as an independent adult, as a food lover, as an outdoors enthusiast, etc. So here they are, my favorite hidden and understated charms of the Star City of the South, a place I’ll always consider home. Go ahead — poke around:

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by Caitlin Saniga

I kept the drawing simple this time and used my favorite new tool: random.org, a random number generator

I used my favorite new tool to pick this giveaway’s winner: random.org, a random number generator. Each commenter got a number, and the generator took care of the rest.


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It’s the first Meatless Monday of 2014!

Going meatless one day a week is a great resolution to make, and it can lead to many other great changes such as losing weight, helping the environment and reducing your risk for diseases. But change can be tough, so we wanted to help by offering some of our favorite meatless winter meals — each of which we tied to a resolution.

1. Resolve to start off on the right foot: Pumpkin spice oatmeal

Pumpkin spice oatmeal

New beginnings call for good decisions. The easiest route? A healthy breakfast to start out your day.

2. Resolve to live brightly: Curried sweet potato soup with cilantro, lime and peanuts

I've been all about dishes that liven up cold-weather staples lately. Cilantro and lime add lots of brightness and color to a soup that has lots of warm flavors, a nice combination.

Don’t let the cold weather of the new year bring you down! Brightness, like the flavors and colors of this soup, can get you through the short daylight hours.

3. Resolve to reuse and recycle: Homemade vegetable stock

It totally bums me out that I can't easily compost at my apartment, so this was my little solution to that problem. On the day before our usual farmer's market trip, I went through the refrigerator and grabbed up all the vegetables that looked toward the end of their life. I also made sure to save some scraps from my prep during the week: corn cobs sans corn, broccoli stalks and onion stems.

Don’t throw away what can be made into something new (and delicious)! Just because it’s a little old doesn’t mean it can’t be brought back to life.

4. Resolve to respect the classics: Red beans and walnut-herb sauce over black rice

Do yourself a favor and take a big whiff in the bowl of the food processor after you've ground down the garlic and roasted walnuts.

You can’t argue with the tried and true, so embrace it! And maybe even give it your own, special twist.

5. Resolve to let go of perfection: Kale, sweet potato, farro and pomegranate salad

Kale, sweet potato, farro and pomegranate salad

Mix it up a bit! Life – like a good meal – does not always have to have a flawless presentation. Go ahead, throw it on the plate and enjoy.

6. Resolve to allow positive transformationsWilted spinach salad with sun-dried tomatoes and baby bella mushrooms

Disaster, in the form of a loose pepper shaker lid, struck while I was making this.

If you have to change something, then change it for the better! (Really — aren’t sun-dried tomatoes one of the greatest food transformations ever? Be your own tomato!)

7. Resolve to appreciate the little things: Mini quinoa and black bean patties

I served these patties over a simple tossed spinach salad and a dollop of plain yogurt. These mini patties would also make an appetizer or can be refrigerated after they're cooked for adding to salads later in the week.

It’s easy to skip over the smaller things in life, but try taking note of them. It nearly doubles your enjoyment!

8. Resolve to try the unusual: Warm broccoli, orange and olive salad

It may not be your idea of the perfect pairing, but why not allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised? Even if it doesn't become your favorite, you still tried something new.

It may not be your idea of the perfect pairing, but why not allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised? Even if it doesn’t become your favorite, you still tried something new.

9. Resolve to add a little spice to your life: Spicy black bean soup

For such a spicy, deep soup, it sure is a dull color. I whipped out one of my favorite Southwest-style platters and garnished the soups. Not all food looks gorgeous, but sometimes they just make great canvases.

It’s easy to get into a routine and get comfortable, so add a dash of excitement every once in a while!

10. Resolve not to feel guilty: Garlicky roasted chickpeas with feta and mint

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At the end of the day, know what you love, don’t apologize (even if you have garlic breath) and let it flow easily.

Good luck on all your resolutions!

—Sarah & Caitlin

*For more Meatless Monday recipes for any time of year, click here.

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It’s been another beautiful, tasty and filling year for So Hungry I Could Blog!

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Here at So Hungry, we are gearing up for some serious cookie baking and fattening of friends, family and coworkers. We’re also putting together a great holiday cookie guide for you all to browse while putting together your own sugary menus! While your mouths water in anticipation, tell us…

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