Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice in Santa Fe comes in colder, with the darkness sending me indoors to warm next to my fireplace. Bootsy, my wonderful husky, is loving the cooler weather and gets me up in the morning singing to go outdoors. All this cold and dark leads me to warmer, nourishing soups and stews. Hence this month's Chickpea Butternut Squash Stew.

It is a season of parties with old friends and new. For a smallish town, Santa Fe has a surprising variety in people, interests and things to do. As soon as I get used to the chill (it seems to take longer as I get older), I will put on the snowshoes and head to mountains, a very short drive away. A few weeks ago we had the Macrobiotic Pot Luck. 18 people came with fantastic foods and great spirit. Our little Santa Fe Macrobiotic community grows a bit at a time. One friend suggested it is time to start a center. We shall see what the year brings.