Better Than Chicken Soup

As a huge fan of soup for what ails you, be it a head full of snot or a breakup, this has been my go to at the first sign of a sniffle (from either source) for the last few years. When confronted with a pounding sinus headache and a marked inability to breathe effectively through my face this morning, I knew there was a trip to the Whole Foods in my future (you can try this from the regular gro store, but you pretty much have to go to the WF - sorry). After a morning of kick-ass immune and saltines, I finally ran out of both (and honey-herb ricolas) - and resigned myself to leaving the house.

Wearing this:

The only thing I may value in this town more than the sunsets is my ability to roll to the schmancy grocery down the street from my house in oversized flannel pjs and aztec print fleece socks with a runny nose and bangs askew and have my fave cashier remark "oh, you forgot your bag, you must really be feeling it. Get better." I love Boulder.

So anyway, THE SOUP. This will cure what ails you and is all heady / vegan / gluten free and whatnot.


  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 cups broth - mushroom veggie or chicken - I use mushroom
  • 1 1/2 cups julienned fresh kale (I used spinach this time by accident because my eyes were watering so badly I couldn't tell the difference)
  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 thin slices astralagus root (if you can find it - optional)
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste

In a sauce pot over medium high heat, saute onion and garlic in oil, 3 minutes.

Add turmeric and mushrooms, saute 2 minutes.

Add broth, kale, squash, ginger, cayenne, and astralagus. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool slightly, add lemon juice and miso (adding miso when still very hot will diminish its probiotic benefits). Cover and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

And feel better :)


Things come together.

It's been a while since a good yoga post, and it's been a while since I've been in a place to get the good out of my yoga. We'll call what I've been doing for the last few months 'survival yoga.' Still amazing, but I've not been in a space to really chew on what's been going on for a while. This week, that changed. Things were different. There was physical expression available to me that hadn't been previously, and the openness with which I faced my experience on the mat gave me a greater openness to the lessons that were there for me.

I managed to make it to three classes this week, and the first, a mourning of sorts for the the things that have been and a lament for a certain vacancy in my life. It hurts, when you want to fall into someone and there's no one to fall into. I picked myself up, I moved on and continued as I do. On my own. Everything in time.

The second, elation. Gratitude for the amazing people in my life and beautiful place that I live. I went to class last night to squeeze in a workout before a night out with my girls, and I saw so many of my favorite people and realized what an amazing community I have at om time and how fun it is to practice with my best friends every day. I will always look back at this time in my life as one of wonder and fortune, because how many people get to do the things we do everyday? It's kind of ridiculous.

This morning, I didn't even want to go to class, but isn't that always the way of it. I went, and I saw the change happen, in real time. Poses come to me, a-ha moments one after another, and my day unfolded in a way that it only could have because I went to that class. I managed to connect with my teacher in a way that I haven't in so long, I ran into old friends as a result of a chain of events that couldn't have gone any other way and the serendipity of the entire day was not lost on me.

One good decision begets many many more.