Haroset Sweetmeats

“A Jewish and Moroccan sweetmeat, often served during Pesach/Passover. There is no cooking involved but ideally you should leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. You can experiment with the ingredients and try different nuts such as pine nuts, almonds and unsalted pistachios.”

~One World Vegetarian Cookbook  by Troth Wells



2 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
pinch of cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons sweet red wine (marsala, port, madeira)
cocoa for dusting


  1. Put the dates, sultanas, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and half the wine in a food processor. Make a mixture that sticks together and add a little more wine so the mixture binds.
  2. Put some waxed paper or parchment on a baking sheet.
  3. Take small amounts out with a teaspoon and using clean wet hands roll then into balls the size of a hazelnut or small walnut. Place these on the baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle cocoa on them.
  5. Put in the fridge for 2 hours or more.

A great snack!


Asian Spice-Rubbed Scallops with Sesame Dressing

So Delicious!!!
2 T rice wine vinegar
1 T fresh lime juice
2 tsp. low-sodium wheat-free tamari
3/4 tsp.minced fresh ginger
3 T light sesame oil
1 T chopped cilantro (I used parsley.)
Spice rub:
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground star anise
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black peppercorns
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. (about12) large sea scallops


In a medium size bowl, mix together the rice wine vinegar, lime juice, tamari and fresh ginger. Slowly whisk in the sesame oil until well blended and slightly thickened. Stir in the cilantro.
For the spice rub, in a small bowl, mix together the cumin, star anise, coridander, salt, ginger and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the scallops on 1 side with the spice mixture. Place in the hot skillet, spice side down and cook for 2 minutes. Gently turn the scallops with a spatula or tongs and cook on the other side for about 2 more minutes, until browned and just cooked through. Cooking time will vary with the size of the scallops. (Do not over cook as they will not be soft and tender).
To serve, divide the scallops into 4 portions and top each portion with 2 T of the dressing.

I served this over Cranberry-Apple Acorn squash. And with roasted green beans.

Both recipes from “The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook” by Mark Hyman, M.D. A great cookbook!

Lentil Soup with Roasted Chicken

Earthy, satisfying, and hearty enough for a main course, thick, rich lentil soup is perfect for a cold winter day. If the soup becomes too thick, thin with a little water, chicken or vegetable stock, or broth.

Lentil Soup


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced leek (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots (about 1 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced carrots (about 1 large carrot)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup celery leaves
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped (my addition
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chopped tomatoes (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 pound (2 cups) French green lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 5 cups organic low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock (I used homemade chicken stock.)
  • 1 multibranch sprig of thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped roasted chicken (my addition)


  1. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the leek, shallots, and garlic. Cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes, until the shallots are translucent. Add the carrot, red pepper, celery, and celery leaves. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the celery is softened.
  2. Add the tomatoes, lentils, stock or broth, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the lentils are soft, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Add roasted chicken. The cooking time of the lentils may vary. Remove the thyme sprig before serving.

Recipe from The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook by Mark Hyman, M.D.

A great cookbook!

Gaining Clarity

Reading from today’s Daily Word:

“In prayer, I create a clear vision for my future.

“When I set goals, I pray for my way to be made clear. I center myself and turn to the quiet place within. In the stillness, I listen for divine guidance. What is mine to do? How am I to do it? Gaining clarity is the first step toward achieving my vision. I call to mind the image of a crystal clear glass of water and ask Spirit for the same crystal clear clarity of my future direction.

“I trust that my path is unfolding in the perfect way at the perfect time. All is in divine order. Divinely guided, I follow the clear path to my vision. Aligned with Spirit, I advance toward my goal with clarity and confidence. What was once beyond my reach is now within my grasp.”

What is mine to do? How am I to do it?

I continue to believe my ministry is about helping to make the world a more beautiful place with my photography. Building community. Being of service.

I continue to count my gifts. Daily. The counting an inventory of my life. Last year on day I wrote:


The Table Of Grace 
For Ann Voskamp  
This is
A Place
A Table
Round, of grace
A flowered tablecloth
A bowl of lemons and limes
Apples and oranges
We hold hands
Thank You God
For these gifts
We are about to receive
From your bounty
Through Christ our Lord
A table of grace.
A world
Round, of grace.
This morning I saw a hummingbird.
Thank You God.
A cardinal in the garden.
Thank You God.
A day in April:
Playing Frisbee with Freddy
Early in the morning.
Thank You God.
Sitting outside in sunshine.
Thank You God.
Re-reading the book
Thank You God.
I have decided to look back at 2014 and choose a photo or two from each month and also note what I wrote that day. This being an exercise for me to strengthen my resolve to make 2016 a year of focused creation: new photos, new projects, new books, new poems, new recipes, new visions.
January 7
Up at 2:15 to feed Nadine and back to bed
Up at 6:15 to feed Nadine and back to be
Up at 7:00
Reading a passage from the book of Samuel
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
Selling merchandise to young woman at Susan’s mom’s house
Giving things away to poor/homeless with Susan
Prayer book from Debbie Williams arrived
Working on new website
Beef stew for dinner
Watching Mass on Catholic TV with Susan
Watching Jeopardy with Susan
Reading The Economist
February 2
Up at 6:00
Acts 17: Paul Preaches in Thessalonica
Matthew 7:7 Effective Prayer
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
No contractors
A short walk with Freddy in the snow
Birds at the feeder
Susan making oatmeal for us
Chicken on rye toast for lunch
An oatmeal cookie
A chocolate chip cookie
Mandarin Orange tea
Male and female cardinals at the feeder
Making chicken stock
A nap on couch, Freddy sleeping on my chest
Clearing driveway of snow
A walk with Freddy in snowstorm
Chili for dinner
Learning about The Double Victory
A call from my son
Early to bed
March 28
Up at 1:00, 3:15, 5:30
Up at 6:30, Freddy barking
Crows on lawn
Light snow
A short walk with Freddy
Bacon and egg sandwich with Susan
Playing in backyard with Freddy
Luke 8:1-3 Woman Who Followed Jesus
Leftover pizza for lunch
Susan making us tea
Watching Restaurant Impossible, Ft. Bragg
Taking Freddy into package store to meet Rick
April 26
Up at 5:30
Acts 9:32-43
Peter Heals Aeneas and Dorcas
“The news spread throughout the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.”
Roast chicken for dinner
May 5
Up at 6:30
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
A long walk with Freddy
Leftover quiche for breakfast
Acts 13:1-3
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Taking Freddy to get a haircut
Depositing inheritance check
Lunch with Susan at Kaptain Jimmy’s
A short nap
Wine in backyard with Susan
Cheese and crackers for dinner
Watching Jeopardy with Susan
June 22 (In Denver)
Up at 5:30
Talking with Susan on phone
Quiche for breakfast
Hiking Rocky Mountain National park with Daryl and Julia
Great dinner at Acorn
July 17
Up at 5:30
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
A pasta frittata
Changing the litter box
Food shopping
Susan switching the silverware
Susan pulling up daisies
Susan cutting Blue Thistle for me for vase
Mulching and seeing Swallowtail in garden
A trip with bags of grass to dump
Enjoying beer in backyard with Susan
A hug from Chef Monica
Good service from our bartender, Holly
August 2
Up at 6:15
2 Corinthians 6:1-18
Paul’s Hardships and The Temple of The Living God
“Today is the day of salvation…..for we are the temple of the living God.”
A short walk with Freddy
Breakfast with Susan
English Muffins, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit
A long walk with Freddy
Vacuuming house
Making Hummus
Susan making grilled cheese with tomatoes
Mowing lawn
Making blueberry tart
Beer in backyard with Susan
Reading in backyard
Grilled buffalo burgers and potato salad for dinner
September 6
Up at 5:15
Philippians 3:1-21
“I becomes righteous through faith in Christ……I press on to possess that perfections for which Christ first possessed for me.”
A short walk with Freddy
Salmon and scrambled eggs
Making tomato sauce
A long walk with Freddy
A nap
Sitting outside with Susan and Freddy reading
Pasta and shrimp for dinner with fresh tomato sauce
October 10
Up at 6:45
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
A long walk with Freddy
Photographing at Mittineague Park
Receiving British Baking Show Cookbook
Changing litter box
Vacuuming house
Food shopping
Mesquite chicken sandwich for lunch
Playing with Freddy in backyard
A beer with Susan
Grilled steak for dinner
Watching Inspector Morse with Susan
November 22 (In Denver)
Up at 5:30
Yoga and coffee
Jazz Brunch at Dazzle
Great music
Visit to Denver Museum of Art
Seeing Andrew and Jamie Wyeth Show
Seeing two photography shows
Great dinner at Sushi Den
(I took a lot of photos in Denver and at The Garden of The Gods; here are a few):
And a favorite photo from December.  My grand niece. Christmas Eve. Photographed in my mobile photo studio.
And so Peace be with you.