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An Experienced Cohouser Reports From Common House Kitchens and Dining Rooms across North America This article appeared originally in the print magazine Cohousing in the Winter of 2001 It is followed by excerpts from a short piece published on this website in 2008, and by an Update posted in...
Views since 5/2014: 7,626
Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us -- and it's often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people...
Views since 5/2014: 629
This year at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference, attendees will be treated to two delicious meals prepared with a focus on Nashville's seasonal, local bounty. Executive Chef Kevin Randolph’s mother’s home-style Southern cooking inspired all eight of her children to dedicate their...
Views since 5/2014: 459
Part 2: Common Meal Systems, What's Typical? - 2016 Interview A continuation of my interview with Joani Blank. I had the privilege of interviewing her by phone a few months before her passing. For part one, visit Part 1: Common Meal Practice Run Though common meal systems share similarities...
Views since 5/2014: 1,089
Part 1: Common Meal Practice Run - 2016 Interview “My illness is messing with my brain, making things fuzzy. But this kind of stuff, I can’t forget it.” The cohousing world lost a pioneer and community mentor in the Summer of 2016, Joani Blank of Swan’s Market Cohousing in Oakland, CA. A...
Views since 5/2014: 969
Off my usual topic of governance but this was a response to a question from a new community that I thought might be helpful to all new communities, and some settled ones. What should we buy of the kitchen? On small appliances: At 14 years we still have donations and have just started buying more...
Views since 5/2014: 4,130
"It is a strategy I think a community could use to jump start their program, and then talk about how to reduce the centralization after a year or more of successful meals. Since we have quite slowly added new households it is quite clear that our successful meals program is what has helped get more...
Views since 5/2014: 3,946
Sandy, our new food editor, with her daughter and friends I am excited about the prospect of creating a way for communities to share recipes and ideas for making common meals fun and easy. This column is a starting place. With it I hope to share tried-and-true recipes that work for common meals...
Views since 5/2014: 1,972
Here is a recipe from Ronnie Rosenbaum who is an original member of Harmony Village and was involved in the early planning for that cohousing community in Golden, CO. When she moved in 11 years ago, her children were in high school. They are now “on their own,” with a son-in-law and granddaughter...
Views since 5/2014: 1,823
Here is a great and really versatile recipe from Linda Parsons of Bartimaeus Cohousing (Seattle, WA). It is so simple to make and easy to increase or decrease for different-sized groups. The recipe eliminates the need to cut butter into the flour mixture; the heavy cream provides the butterfat....
Views since 5/2014: 1,950

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