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Ten Minute Fresh Tomato Sauce with Quick-Stewed Zucchini + White Beans

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I read an article recently about anxiety, and how we have the ability to create self-soothing circuits. We’re born without these, and we build them with age as a way to survive. Some of these circuits are positive, like meditating or cooking or talking to someone on the phone that we love. Others are {can be} negative. Like eating too much, drinking too much, numbing of any kind. For good or bad, I am certain that at least sixty-percent of my self-soothers consist of tomato sauce of some kind. Pizza, pasta, you understand where I’m going with this.

I don’t know a lot about everything, but I do know at least a little bit about tomato sauce.

My best friend and her husband and their baby were visiting us last week. The days were hot and glorious. We spent them mostly in my backyard, eating and drinking, reminiscing and being present with one another. For seven days there was a constant series of ups and downs. Wine and negroni soaked evenings. Hysterics of laughter and tears, sometimes simultaneously. Ramblings of past mistakes and current blessings. And quiet. The comfortable silence of just bring safe with one another.

There was a trip to the pet emergency room. My cat is okay now.

There was a car accident. Everyone is okay now.

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Balsamic Grilled Summer Squash with Lemony Garlic Scape Tomato Salad

Balsamic Grilled Summer Squash with Lemony Garlic Scape Tomato Salad | @withfoodandlove

I appreciate rainy days just as much as sunny ones. I love the way the rain makes the Earth smell sweet, and the soft beats it leaves on my back porch. The way it relaxes my mind and body and heart. I’m even starting to embrace the vicious thunder and lightning storms here in Missouri. Really, they are wicked. The days when it pours endlessly, those are my favorite. They give me a reason to stay inside and work all day and all night if I want to without feeling guilty about it. And they lend permission to Bravo-marathoning-it in my pajamas, and baking cupcakes and eating them for dinner.

But too much rain, too much of anything is not good. And the rain in St. Louis has been relentless. Today was the first day in I think seven or eight days that it didn’t rain, at all. And it felt pretty wonderful. I wandered out to the garden after the sun rose. Early mornings here in the Midwest are my favorite – before the sun gets too hot and the humidity is still thin. Mostly all of my plants have loved all this rain, thriving because of it. There were six casualties though. The bean plants did not make it, and I think I’ll probably plant some more and see what happens.

Balsamic Grilled Summer Squash with Lemony Garlic Scape Tomato Salad | @withfoodandlove

Lemony Garlic Scape Tomato Salad | @withfoodandlove

Lemony Garlic Scape Tomato Salad | @withfoodandlove

This garden has taught me a lot, mostly that gardening is an acquired skill and I have a lot to learn. And also it’s brought this person out inside of me that I never knew existed. It’s actually quite an amazing thing that’s happened. I used to be a catch-and-release kind of girl. Like trap bugs and spiders in mason jars and release them back outside, couldn’t stand to kill the smallest pest. Now I’m hissing at squirrels, cursing at rabbits and squashing green caterpillars beneath my feet. I don’t know who I am anymore, but I’ll pretty much do anything to protect my garden babies.

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