This is the kitchen where we talk about food, life, and recovery—a spiritual path to healing and peace.

You are invited to keep coming back to A Cup of Kindness to share your experience, strength and hope; fears, doubts and insecurities; and to pick up information, inspiration … and have a little fun!

My story
In January 2007, at the age of 51, I joined a 12-step program and began my recovery from food addiction, losing 75 pounds in the process. Read more…

In January 2011, at the age of 55, I began my recovery from a multi-trauma accident, 36 fractures, damaged lungs, and post traumatic stress. Read more…

I am deeply grateful for all the kindnesses, large and small, offered to me in recovery. Here I am... alive… still making progress … still not perfect … finding a new way forward in a growing community of women and men who share a lot in common around food and life.

I hope you'll join me in this kitchen and let me know what's cooking with you.

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Tag Archives: vegetables

Best thing since…

  Love this chart found on Pinterest! It’s life changing! Here’s the link so that you can see it more clearly, nice and big, and print it out: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/242912973626186177/ Enjoy your vegetables! Love & Light, Valerie

Eggplant Experiment

  Day 4 of Continuing Recovery In honor of my beautiful sponsor, here is my riff on a chef Dave Lieberman idea. I’ve taken his Individual Lasagnas Recipe and will make them into weighed and measured Ratatouille Lasagnas… without the noodles, of course… and with some fresh herbs from the jars in my fridge. First, […]

How shall my garden grow?

    Day 3 If my body doesn’t need food right now, what is it that wants to be filled? What’s it for? What’s the meaning of it?     What brought me here? What’s in this for me? What is the ideal that I’m aiming for? What do I care about? What are the […]

Comfort Food

Thanks to LaDawna for the lovely food photos here. Snow is in the forecast here. One of my favorite comfort foods for a wintry day is Shepherd’s Pie. If you have potatoes, protein and veggies, you are good to go. Layer them up and bake in a casserole or serve the components separately, whatever works […]