I’ve been very busy. Friends have gotten married, filed for divorced, and had babies, and I’ve hardly noticed. Unfortunately, my dog has become a bit pudgy from lack of exercise and my garden is more weed-ridden than I would like. This is because my entire focus for the past 18 or so months has been The Mystic Cookbook, while at the same time I’ve been trying to juggle everything else. Sometimes my head spins out of control when I see my “to do” list, and all I want to do is crawl back into bed. However, remarkably I’ve remained pretty sane, as well as happy and joyful, throughout this intense time.

I’ve been very busy. Friends have gotten married, filed for divorced, and had babies, and I’ve hardly noticed. Unfortunately, my dog has become a bit pudgy from lack of exercise and my garden is more weed-ridden than I would like. This is because my entire focus for the past 18 or so months has been The Mystic Cookbook, while at the same time I’ve been trying to juggle everything else. Sometimes my head spins out of control when I see my “to do” list, and all I want to do is crawl back into bed. However, remarkably I’ve remained pretty sane, as well as happy and joyful, throughout this intense time.

I owe this, in large part, to the fact that I rarely let myself get so busy that I skip a meal. Even when there’s an incessant pinging of incoming e-mails, the phone is ringing off the hook, and there’s stacks of drafts to edit, as much as possible I make time to sit down and treat myself to a delicious dinner. For some, the best form of self-care is a luxurious bath and for others it’s a solitary walk in nature, but for me, it’s a good meal.

People often tell me that they don’t cook for themselves, only for friends and family. But, why should love-filled, homemade meals just be reserved for others? I believe in the power of nourishing ourselves with the same care that we give to others. When we show ourselves that we’re worthy of such attention, we radiate that out into the world.

It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to feed both your spiritual and physical appetites with a satisfying meal. Often I make a large batch of soup, curry, stew, or whatever it is, and then eat it for a few days, which cuts down on prep time. Not only are these meals tasty, but also they’re infused with my love and intention, which is more nurturing than anything I could purchase and eat on the fly. And when I’m really short on time, I might just eat a salad, fried eggs, or a sandwich, but I still make a point of arranging them artfully on a plate and sitting down to eat. For me, beauty, in addition to taste, is an important component of eating well.

I believe living well and eating well should be tasty and fun. By savoring the little moments in our lives, including the foods we eat, our lives will be more enriched. As a result, we’ll be healthier, happier, and more balanced. Believe it or not, when we slow down and take the time to relish each delicious bite, our mood improves, our body better metabolizes our food, and we’re more open to hearing the whispers of our soul. Here’s to living deliciously!

Crispy French Toast

When I was in college, “Breakfast for Dinner” was the most popular night of the week in the dining hall. There’s something so satisfying about indulging in breakfast for the evening meal. Even when my cupboards are bare, I can usually find breakfast items in the fridge to throw together for a quick and delicious dinner. This is especially great when your time is limited, but you still want to honor yourself with a home cooked meal.

While I was visiting friends in Seattle recently, they introduced me to this kind of French toast. Now that I’ve had it this way, I don’t think I could ever go back to the traditional way. I love the crunch!

Makes 2-3 pieces depending on the size of the bread (perfect for one person with a bit leftover for a midnight snack!)

2 lg. or 3 small slices of bread (gluten-free or wheat)
1 egg
1/3 cup milk or non-dairy beverage, such as almond, soy, or rice milk
¼ tsp. vanilla
a sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup cornflakes or other favorite “flake” cereal

Butter or Earth Balance
Maple syrup

In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk the egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together.

Put the cornflakes in a large Ziploc bag and crunch them into small pieces with your hands. Spread the crunched cornflakes on a plate.

Soak the bread in the egg mixture and then coat it with the crunched cornflakes.

Meanwhile, warm some butter or Earth Balance in a skillet over medium heat. When it’s sizzling, add the bread and cook until golden on each side. Serve with butter (or Earth Balance) and maple syrup. Yum!
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About Meadow Linn
Meadow Linn’s earliest childhood memories are about food. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t mixing and inventing in the kitchen. At 18 years old, Meadow started doing gourmet catering for retreats and special events and is now the chef and owner of “Savor the Day,” which offers professional chef services and culinary adventures in the Paso Robles wine region. Passionate about the culinary arts, Meadow prepares dishes from around the world using fresh, local, and organic ingredients. While getting her Masters Degree in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University, Meadow focused her research on the History and Sociology of the Culinary Arts. In addition to catering, Meadow writes on a variety of food topics and teaches culinary arts. She is the author of the popular blog, “Savor the Day” (http://www.SavorTheDay.com) and her first cookbook “The Mystic Cookbook” is coming

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