Barkevious and Cheese

I have been seriously MIA lately. Big things are happening in my career. Big things that have kept me on the road a lot. Needless to say, I have greatly missed my kitchen almost as much as I missed my bed, maybe more. When I drove into my neighborhood, I was received by brand new signs. “Drive slowly, nesting area,” and there is a picture of my lovely Barkevious right on the sign. Now, this bird and I have had a long-standing relationship. He and his mate come to my street every year and stay until the middle of fall. He was a heron and definitely the apple of my eye. Yes, was.


Yesterday was Mother’s Day.  I jokingly referred to Barkevious as my son and his mate as his cousin. This has been going on for four years. Well, they finally had a baby this year. I saw it when I came back into town. Then yesterday morning I saw all three of them. I almost stopped to take a pic of them with the new nesting signs. But I didn’t.

Last night my mom and I went for a walk. That’s when I spotted the horror. Barki and his cousin dead on the street. Who would hit not one, but two beautiful beings? I was at a complete loss. I know it sounds so stupid to most people, but there is an emptiness inside of me now.


So how do I deal with a loss like this? I cook. Doing something you love will always bring you joy, even in the darkest of times. I made a small feast today in honor of my fallen friend: Koshari, mac and cheese, potato wedges, lentil chili. Yes, I went hard. I also decided to give this whole high-carb, low-fat thing a try. I must say that this cheese sauce is so much better than the one floating all over the internet. You know which one. Potatoes, carrots, cashews… yeah, this is better! And no fat. I see a ton of this in my future. Cheese fries, casseroles, oven-baked potatoes, nachos… enjoy!


  • 1/3 cup boiled carrots
  • 2 cups of water used to boil carrots
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Give everything a whirl in the blender to combine.

Transfer to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.


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