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Crisp Winta Salad!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

crisp winter salad – apple, kale, fennel & good stuff

    Serves 3
    the dressin’
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 crisp red apple – I tried out Piñata, yum
  • 1 medium-sized garlic clove
  • 1-in garlic knob
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 lemon’s juice
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
    the salad
  • 4 large stems of kale
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1 crisp red apple
  • 1/2 cup pistachios

It’s beginning to look a lot like…healthy salad time! I kid (terribly), but this is exactly that time of year when I need a sock-it-to-the-cold and pump-up-the-immune-system bite. Between the colds and the coughs that go around this time of year, the Vitamin C you find in kale is welcome in my belly. Throw in some crunchy apple, fennel, lemon, and nuts, and it’s the best version of immune defense I want to take. Granted, the apples are kinda high in sugar, but you win some, you lose some.

Piñata Apples - Nope, I didn't know they existed either.

The salad dressing alone is pretty darn delicious. The sweet, caramelized apples are set off by the hint of thyme and garlic. You could toss this with some cardboard and enjoy it thoroughly.


Miso Roasted Green Beans for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Miso Roasted Green Beans – Crisp Thanksgiving Side

  • 1 lb crisp green beans
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red miso – strong stuff
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup almonds

Thanksgiving! Probably my favorite holiday – you sit amongst loved ones and savor a feast of homemade dishes that have been tweaked and passed down through the years. What is not to like?

Speaking of loved ones, I’m more grateful than ever to spend the holiday with my family this year. I’ve become more and more situated in my own life, so it’s truly special when I’m reunited with my mom, dad, and sister.

Though I’m looking forward to spending time with my own family soon, I had a crazy good time with my boyfriend’s last weekend for his mom’s birthday.

peaceful, serene

crazy tree



Homedid Tomato Jam!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

pruett heirloom tomato jam – canning how-to

  • 1 1/2 lbs of heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds – out of the pod
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
    2 small canning jars

Summer vegetables! Or fruits? Always thought of tomatoes of the latter, for their tiny seeds. Either way, delicious ‘n ready for experimenting.

heirloom tomatoes

cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom

This was my first go at creating homedid jam, and I tell you, I couldn’t be more ecstatic.

My dad is an avid “jammer” and has this family tradition of wrangling in the family to enjoy the process. Every summer my mom, dad, sister and I gather under the plum tree, my sister and I complaining up a storm, and we all harvest the freshly fallen plums. Sis and I end up with more splattered plums on our faces and clothes from…sisterly love, but a few hours later we have several full wicker-baskets of fruit. And poison ivy. I swear, you think catching it would’ve stopped after the first year, but we ALWAYS manage to procure some grade-A poison ivy, haha. In the end, jam and laughs are worth it.



Savory Green Pea Basil Soup! - BlogHer

Sunday, August 5, 2012

savory basil green pea soup, raw — back from blogher!

  • 2 cups green peas – frozen ones work too
  • 8 large basil leaves — 1/4 cup cut
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 long green onions
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • extra basil for garnish!

What a weekend! Had a brilliant time at BlogHer ’12 — which is basically a gargantuan conference celebrating all women who blog. In contrast to bonding over food at Nourished, it was interesting to meet ladies from all different topic areas! I never knew what the next blogger I met would be passionate about.

I met some amazing ladies (and gents). The sweetest people, and I’m excited to have new blogs to read up on. Check out their Twitter handles, and join in conversation:

  • Amy‏ @everydaydinners
  • Bay ‏@queenmotherblog
  • Catherine @weelicious
  • CJ @cjbruce
  • Emily @eshomemaker
  • Jennifer‏ @decaporter
  • Karla @karlatrotman
  • Katie @SheLikesRuffles
  • Kimberly‏ @RotterWrites
  • Laura @Mom_Mart
  • Lori @LoriDCrooks
  • SociallyActive @Socially_Active
  • Megan @IRun4Wine
  • Meredith ‏ @meredithphares
  • Stacey @Spellbinders
  • Una‏ @sassycurmudgeon
  • Along with meeting the conference-goers, I loved hearing the speakers tell about their success, all built from scratch. It’s a blessing how easy technology makes it to share your passion, whether it’s food, politics, or parenting — and I encourage you to take up a blog of your own. It opens the door to learning, meeting new people who share your interest, and expressing yourself better.


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