Hi there! I'm Peggy Lampman...
...a contemporary American author, photographer, and food blogger. Welcome to dinnerFeed. More about me & my site...
The Ruby of the Sea
Secrets, lies and passions in the past collide with those in the present in this disturbing but satisfying tale. Visit my Author Website for more information.
The Welcome Home Diner
The Promise Kitchen: A Novel
Two women at a crossroad trying to find the perfect recipes to reinvent themselves. Visit my Author Website for more. Available on Amazon.com.
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Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado) enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was waking at dawn to the "Call To Prayer" in Turkey. Porcini to Tuscany, and so on. Read more about my chronicles of trips and favorite associated recipes. Browse my travel recipes...
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Cock-a-leekie Soup; a new book release set in Scotland; and what this has to do with robot food served in Beijing.
With the Beijing Olympics in full throttle, I’ve been more interested in reading about the cooks––ahem, robots––making some of the food rather than in the competitions themselves. Andrew Keh, a sports reporter recently interviewed by the New York Times, spoke of the dumplings and fried rice he was served in the media cafeteria “….I’ve tasted … Full recipe post
Gratitude Soup Topped with Pesto & Served with a Side of Mental Wellness Musings.
Feeling gratitude, ironically, has been my saving grace during this era of Coronavirus––the best antidote I’ve found for remaining calm and positive. For so many there seems to be no bright side, no reason for gratitude and platitudes fall flat. I wish I had the right words for you, or at least could serve you … Full recipe post
Celebrating the holidays in 2021? For many of us: same same, but different.
Happy happy, joy joy, dinnerFeed is back!!! I hope you’re back, too(-: Please pardon her prolonged quarantine, but over the past few months, the site became ill, almost terminally so. Who knew that while I was putting every barrier in place between my family and the Coronavirus, another virus was infecting my site? Compared to what … Full recipe post
Air-Fried Tofu & Shiitakes + an Exercise Routine
Hello friends! Please excuse dinnerFeed’s prolonged quarantine. Although, thankfully, myself and family have to date remained healthy, not so this site. But, after much rehabilitation, she’s back! Tally ho! I pray that all of you and yours are safe and well. Tally Ho! More to follow soon. Coming out of this pandemic, I wouldn’t want … Full recipe post
So here come the holidays. Heaven help us. As the pandemic rips across the planet, this will be a tradition-bashing year. I’ve friends who are delighted with the excuse not to have to drive six hours to eat an overcooked turkey and canned green bean casserole. I know others who, come hell or high water, are … Full recipe post
Lake Michigan Fish Fry
Covid-fatigue. Election fatigue. Looky, looky––the country’s in free-fall! I’m sick of reading about it–the words I type, are embarrassed to add to the cacophony. To stay mentally well, we need to create our own distractions. Stop the noise, right? So pour me another glass of wine. You say the bottle’s empty? Open another while you’re up from the couch. Flash to tomorrow–searing hangover. Wasn’t … Full recipe post
Instant Pot Classic Marinara and Her Distant Cousins (a no-recipe recipe)
My kids gave me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. Both passionate cooks, they told me they couldn’t imagine life without the contraption. But, to be honest, I rolled my eyes when opening the box—the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget cluttering my counters. That’s until I spied a yogurt button on the panel. I can make … Full recipe post
Potato Salad, My Way.
I believe in choice, my choice of potato salad being no exception. This choice is gut-driven and deeply personal. My grandmother made a simple potato salad that accompanied her fried chicken and hickory nut cake to our family reunions in Selma. She made that same salad when a tragedy befell a friend, the bowl of love left quietly on their porch. My mother made the same salad that … Full recipe post
A Smiling Bull And Other Silver Lining Observations
Crisis fatigue. Yep. It’s a thing. Especially this year as we’re unilaterally being overwhelmed by consistent and unrelenting pressures brought on by pandemic fallout and civil unrest. And then there are the normal life stressors to add to the mix, varying widely in degree from household to household. Our hearts are heavy and tired. It’s challenging … Full recipe post
How Mushrooms Are Keeping Me From Scratching Through The Walls
The other night I watched Louis Schwartzberg’s “Fantastic Fungi” and then dreamed I was living in a dense, surreal, Disneyish forest of mushrooms. Yep. Covid quarantine may be getting to me, but after that movie, I’ll never look at a mushroom––or tree, for that matter––in the same light. Fascinating, educational and absolutely entertaining, the movie described the complex mycelium earthscape beneath our … Full recipe post
A Cardinal, Talisman and Spring.
Yesterday, while sipping tea and staring out my window, I was transfixed, mesmerized by a cardinal. Perched at a feeder, I’ve come to view this red-feathered guy as a pet of ours, of sorts. For the past couple of years, he and his partner have made a home in our backyard pine tree. Hubby and I are bird … Full recipe post
Those Marvelous Italians!
Life as I knew it changed over the weekend; last week, for me, is a fading dream. There’s a lot of noise, calamity and misinformation out there, but the smartest voices are saying the very same thing: STAY HOME. I saw a funny meme that put it best: If our parents and grandparents could go … Full recipe post
Chikhirta: Georgian Chicken Soup
Although Michigan has been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures of late, it seems like a good time to make soup. The panic buying felt by the coronavirus maelstrom is like nothing I’ve ever witnessed. I’ve lived through the fallout of epidemics, famines and the scourge of the HIV virus, but the flames were never continuously fanned by instant media–non-stop overload. I jump each time my phone pings! I’ve bumped … Full recipe post
One Thousand and One Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries…
…that’s how many treats I’d need to make if I were to gift every person who helped bring this book to light a strawberry. Or chocolate truffle, if preferred. Today I’m launching THE RUBY OF THE SEA. It took an army of professionals and friends to lend perspective and authenticity to Linnea, Delphina and Ivy’s story. I most certainly looked more … Full recipe post
I was interrupted while concocting a pot of Polish Penicillin (aka Scratch-Made Chicken Soup with Fennel and Dill) to be advised that Goodreads just listed a PRE-LAUNCH GIVEAWAY for THE RUBY OF THE SEA. For the next 30 days (until the book is published), you and any of your family and friends may enter to win one of 100 digital books. … Full recipe post