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Recipes for Poets

May 20, 2011

Happy May 20th! This is a day for recipes for poets. I have no idea where I came across this recipe, and so I don’t know whom to credit. Eek. I love sweet potato buritos and hope you do too. If you’re on this poetry blog and wondering why I’m sharing a recipe, please read the part after the recipe. That should explain everything.

Sweet Potato Burritos

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups canned kidney beans, drained (I use black beans and use dried)
2 cups water
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
12 (10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Heat oil in a medium skillet, and saute onion and garlic until soft. Stir in beans, and mash. Gradually stir in water, and heat until warm. Remove from heat, and stir in the chili powder, cumin, mustard, cayenne pepper and soy sauce.
3. Divide bean mixture and mashed sweet potatoes evenly between the warm flour tortillas. Top with cheese. Fold up tortillas burrito style, and place on a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, and serve.

I asked poets via Facebook and this blog if they’d like to share a recipe. The idea I had behind asking poets to share their recipes is that time management is one of the most important (yet seldom discussed) aspects of being a poet or any kind of artist. Are your eyes glazing over because I wrote “time management”? Stick with with me a for a moment, please.

Here’s the original invitation:

Since most poets have other work that takes their attention away from art, it’s important to have time management skills. One of the many ways I save time is by cooking healthy meals that do not take long to prepare.

For that reason, I invite you to join me in posting your favorite 20-minute (or so) recipe on May 20, 2011. Post your recipe to your blog or website. I will share all of the links in a big post here on the 32 Poems blog. To participate, please do the following by May 15, 2011 (thanks to Kelli Agodon for inspiration on the guidelines):

Recipes for Poets Guidelines

  1. Create a blog post that lets people know you will participate. If you can, refer them to this post.
  2. Leave me a comment on this post that includes your blog URL and name if you would like to participate.
  3. On May 20th, post a recipe that takes 20-30 min (or less) to prepare on your blog or website.
  4. It’s easiest if you place the recipe into the blog post you wrote above, so I’d already have the link for it. If you don’t want to do that, you can just send me the new link.
  5. I will include a master list of all of the participating blogs right here on the 32 Poems blog.

Can I count on you? Are you in?

Participants so Far:
Kelli Agodon, Book of Kells blog
January O’Neil, Poet Mom blog
Bernadette Geyer
One Minnesota Writer
Spoon Fed Writer
Inkwell Blackout
Hungry Poet
Monica Wendel at No Ideas But
Being Poetry
Jessica Goodfellow
Kristin Berkey-Abbott


At a dinner the other night, several people asked me how I find time to do all that I do. At a wedding last weekend, people asked me the same question. After a bit, I found myself not telling people much about myself at the wedding reception. I said I was a poet and left it at that. (By the way, this was a group of many indie rock musicians who did not think being a poet was weird!)

Engaging in the world through lots of projects is how I am, so it’s hard to analyze and figure it out. Someone else who is involved in many disparate projects listened to me say how people ask me this question on a regular basis. She had a two-word answer: “time management.”

Now, it’s true that I do have good time management skills. Many moons ago, I recommended on this very blog Dan Kennedy’s book on time management. He’s a marketer — a person many artists might scorn since he’s focused on ROI and the bottom line — yet no matter your opinion about marketing and promotion, one must admit that the guy has good time management skills. (You’ll see why and how when you read his book.)

Since so many people ask me how I have time to do all that I do, I’ll share the following time manegement tips:

  • Keep lists and stick to them.
  • Batch your tasks (Don’t add one name to the 32 poems database. Instead, wait to have several and add them all at once.)
  • Work from home 1-2 times per week and save a few hours per week commuting.
  • Commute to work at off-peak times.
  • Run errands at off-peak times. For example, avoid the grocery right after work hours.
  • Get groceries delivered. (This saves me several hours!)
  • Hire a cleaner, don’t clean as often or keep only select rooms presentable.
  • Stay healthy by eating well, sleeping enough and taking vitamins. Being sick wastes time.

I hope this list helps you carve more time out of the 24 hours we each get per day. Please feel welcome to read my other blog post on time management for poets.