Seasonal Sundays (Week 10) Early March

We still have to eat, right? Recipes and more, inside.
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Putin's invasion of Ukraine came as a shock if not as a surprise.

Anyone else been glued to CNN? the images are terrifying. Anyone else scrolling Twitter? It's a wider, minute-to-minute view. I'm writing this early Friday morning, who knows what will happen between now and Sunday, when this goes live?

Today, former Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko was asked, "How long do you think you can last?" A long silence followed. His eyes filled with tears. "Forever," he answered with certainty.

Since there's no joining the defenders in Ukraine and the protesters in the streets across Russia, I do what I do, and that's food. Here are a few food ways to proclaim, We Are All Ukraine.

More ideas? Send them my way. More ways to favor action over anxiety? Please say!

  • The New Ukranian Cookbook (affiliate link) by Annette Ogrodnik Corona – I've ordered this cookbook, it seems well-suited for North American audience.
  • Explore some traditional Ukranian foods, from chicken kyiv to holubtsi (cabbage rolls) to varenyky (pieroghies)
  • Follow a US-based food blogger born in Ukraine, meet Olga in the Kitchen or check out the Ukranian recipes on Let the Baking Begin or dig into the 12 Modern Twists on Traditional Ukranian Food from Food Meanderings.
  • Learn how to make traditional pysanky eggs. With layers of wax and color, the intricate patterns are h-a-r-d! But beautiful! Here's a psanky kit (affiliate link) for blown eggs with wax, dyes, pens, traditional patterns and instructions.
  • Not feeling crafty? These are beautiful Painted Wood Pysanky Eggs (affiliate link).

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: "Nous sommes tous américains." Who remembers, after 9/11, how people from across the world stood up to say — We Are All Americans.

Two Years. And Yet Like Yesterday.

By my reckoning, the pandemic started, for real, exactly two years ago today.

In the weeks before, we were all watchful and wary.

But for me, in this household, it all became real on February 27, 2020. A trusted podcast talked about what was known, then, about the spread of Covid. I sat down at the kitchen table to do my own math: the extrapolated death statistics were outright horrifying.

And then?

I ordered 160 pounds of dog food, a dog-lover's toilet paper.

I wrote a plan for my husband and me, assuming we'd contract the virus.

I started stocking the freezer.

And for the first time, I wrote about Covid here on Seasonal Sundays, something no other food bloggers were doing. We all had the same elephant looming in our kitchens but the "experts" told food bloggers to avoid the issue, that Google would punish us for going "off topic".

It's almost inconceivable, now, our innocence then.

All that hand-washing. All that sanitizing the mail. All that stockpiling of beans and pasta. I remember watching the wonderful Australian series called Offspring on Netflix, limiting myself to a single episode a day in hope that by the time all 40 episodes were done, it would all be over.

And while the pandemic may not be over and in fact may never "end" per se, it does indeed appear that we are entering a respite period, a chance to catch our collective breaths, to venture out, to ... what, exactly?

Here's to that, whatever it may be ...

By the way, thankfully, in hindsight, my math was wrong. Wait, no, that's not quite right. My math was right. But thanks to our individual behavior choices, the extraordinary leaps in treatment regimens learned by doctors and nurses, the incredible efficacy of vaccines, we collectively changed the outcome. As hard as it's been, as it is, it could have gone incredibly much worse.

And yeah, I know that the fat lady hasn't sung yet ... but I do hope she's waiting in the wings. And that collectively we can stave off Putin and the world's autocrats, too.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Sweet Potato Cornbread ♥ Gorgeous golden color from a pile of sweet potatoes. Naturally wheat-free, gluten-free, no unusual ingredients.
  • THE RECIPE Sweet Potato Cornbread Golden color + naturally gluten-free = a total winner.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW Six of us devoured an entire skilletful last Sunday, warm from the oven, moist and mostly naturally sweetened with mashed sweet potato that had been baked the day before at 300F for three hours along with a Milk-Braised Pork Roast. Even our sweet potato-averse grandkids love cornbread studded with sweet potato!

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Simple Beef Salad ♥, a great way to use or stretch a small piece of leftover beef or pork.

Seasonal Favorites: Cabbage!

Green Cabbage Salad with Fresh Lime Vinaigrette, another fresh, healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Vegan. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Peasant Cabbage-Tomato Soup, another healthy soup ♥, just a handful of pantry ingredients. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

Crazy-Good Cooked Cabbage, another easy cabbage recipe ♥

Seasonal Favorites: Simple Sustainable Fish for Lent & Spring

FYI, this is NOT a sponsored recommendation, it's just me, Alanna, sharing a service that we love and think you might too.

It's been a year now, since my husband and I subscribed to monthly fish deliveries from Sitka Salmon Shares.

Grow up in the "walleye capital of the world" and you'll grow up eating fish. Story goes, I could clean a walleye before I could ride a bike, standing atop a spindly stool to reach a wood table butted against the goat shed. The stool even showed up last summer when I was cleaning out my dad's place.

But as an adult, with overfishing and dwindling fish supplies worldwide, I rarely bought fish, rarely cooked fish. I just couldn't.

So Sitka helps. The fish is caught in the wild in Alaska water by real fishermen in small boats. It's cut into manageable portions and flash frozen. It's shipped overnight packed in dry ice.

And the fish is amazing, so special that the salmon itself isn't even our favorite. We love the cod and halibut and were most! excited!! to find tuna!!! in the February shipment. It's been years and years and years since I've had fresh tuna ...

Now know this. Sitka isn't Sam's. The fish is quality and sustainable and priced accordingly. So for anyone used to buying farmed fish or buying grocery-store fish, the cost will be a shock.

But I did the math up front, the price per pound from Sitka was maybe 20% more than what we paid (rarely) for fish at Whole Foods and 50% less than what we'd pay (often) for a restaurant meal, out. For us, a source of sustainable fish + support for a community of local fishermen + plus readily available great fish ... call us happy customers.

Fish with Herb Butter, another Quick Supper ♥, simple broiled fish, topped with a little butter and fresh herbs, quick enough for a weeknight, special enough for company. Low Cal. Low Carb. High Protein Weight Watchers Friendly.

Easy Baked Fish with Red Pepper & Cucumber Salad ♥, fish filets topped with a mayo-sour cream sauce and served with a quick vegetable salad.

Simple Grilled Salmon, another Quick Supper ♥, how to grill salmon, simply, sumptuously. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein.

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Orange & Cumin Vinaigrette ♥, bright and vibrant, fresh-squeezed citrus with earthy cumin.

The Dinner Bell

Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, the dinner bell rings. If we're gonna eat, somebody's gotta cook, some nights fuel, some nights a feast. Let's make it good, a welcome end to our days.
Sausage & Cabbage Skillet, another Quick Supper ♥

Chicken Stew with Chickpeas & Kale ♥, a hearty, one-pot supper dish for the stovetop or slow cooker, with warm spices and fresh vegetables. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep.

Cabbage & White Bean Stew, another easy, healthy vegetable soup ♥ Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Good to Know

How to Safely Purée Soups & Other Hot Liquids in a Blender ♥, preventing big messes and bad burns.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Cabbage & Pepper Chakchoukah aka Ooga-Chaka Eggs, another healthy breakfast ♥ A savory make-ahead vegetable stew, perfect for nesting runny eggs. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Thinking Ahead

Some of us plan meals a day or two ahead – or reality, right? even an hour or two ahead. But for those who start planning for Easter in February and Christmas in September, this list's for you. Start here!

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Easy Everyday Bread for the Stand Mixer ♥ Keeps for Days. Adaptable & Budget Friendly.

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine ♥ A Veggie Venture, colorful vegetables married with Moroccan spices, cooked in a tagine or shallow casserole to serve tableside. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Meal Prep

Winter Tomato Salad (Quick Pickled Vegetables) ♥, winter tomatoes worth eating! Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Quick. Great for Meal Prep. Naturally Gluten Free.

This Week's Soup

Cream of Celery Soup, another healthy soup ♥ A Veggie Venture, a simple homemade celery soup, all about the celery and way more than the sum of its parts. Rave reviews!

Finnish Food

Scandinavian Split-Pea Soup ♥, the classic Scandinavian recipe made with dried split peas on Thursdays across Sweden and Finland. Hearty comfort food, great for a crowd or a houseful, either meaty or vegan. Weight Watchers friendly!

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Crockpot Chicken Goulash ♥ Budget-Friendly, Just Eight Ingredients. Weeknight Easy. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein.

Recipes That Stand the Test of Time

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Quick Tomato Sauce for Pasta & Pizza ♥, just canned tomatoes plus pantry ingredients, ready in 20 minutes.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.

Soups & Salads Especially for March

March is such a funny month for cooking, some wintry days (yo, soups!), some spring-like days (hey, salads!) and so many days neither one nor the other, just smack in the middle. So what grabs us depends on the day, yes? That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for March, tons of ideas!

Here's a sample!

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Lemon Pudding Cake ♥, the old-fashioned lemon dessert, lemon cake on top and lemon pudding on the bottom, now with raspberries or blueberries.


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Trader Joe's Melodious Blend, another unsponsored product review ♥


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Perfect Hard-Boiled Ruby Eggs ♥ What's the secret ingredient?!

Something to Read

I finished Rules of Civility this week. Have you read it yet? It's not my favorite of his books but the writing, often, was so rich. Here's a sample, a mere generous minute amid the 6040 minutes of the Audible version.

I read the paper, cover to cover. I covered the crossword, square to square.

What a transcendant diversion, the crossword can be. A four-letter word for solo, beginning and ending in A. A four-letter word for sword, beginning and ending in E. A four letter word for miscellany, beginning and ending in O.

Aria. Épée. Oleo.

No matter how vestigial these words are in the body of common English, watching them fit so neatly into the puzzle's machinery, one feels as the archeologist must feel when assembling a skeleton, the end of the thigh bone fitting so precisely into the socket of the hip bone that it simply has to confirm the existence of an orderly universe if not a divine intention.

The last squares to be filled in the puzzle were éclat, a five-letter word for a brilliant success or ostentatious display.

Just Updated!

Tired of the same-old same-old sweet potatoes? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Sweet Potato Recipes ♥, savory to sweet, every-day to special-occasion, simple to complex, summer to winter. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.
Simple Chickpea Salad, just three ingredients ♥ Lunch, anyone?

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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