Tips & Tricks

Orange Grapefruit Vinaigrette and a Giveaway

September 12, 2013

When you embark on a 30-Day Whole Food Challenge, especially the low-FODMAP version, things can become a bit boring. No sugar. No wine. Just whole foods and lots and lots of water. Excuse me while I cry into my empty wine glass… When plain water starts to get a little blah, I love to pull […]

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23 Nut-Free Snack Ideas for School

August 13, 2013

With Joe back in school, I went into full preparation mode a few weeks ago, stocking up on healthy snacks to pack each day.  Because he doesn’t have lunch at school (just a short snack time), I want to get something filling in his tummy.  After a Costco run and a visit to Sprouts, we […]

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How to make gluten-free playdough

July 11, 2013

The kids and I used to love playing with playdough, but since going gluten-free I just haven’t taken the time to learn how to make it at home.  I totally should have because it only takes 10 minutes, and it’s super easy.  Also it’s fun!  This was a perfect project for Leila and I to […]

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3 Steps to Perfect Salad Dressing (it’s easier than you think)

April 4, 2013

Step 1: Grab a mason jar with a lid.  Don’t have one?  Go to your local thrift store, or pick up a pack at the grocery store. Step 2: Add your ingredients.  The first few times you might want to actually measure them, but after a few tries you will be eyeballing it. Step 3: […]

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Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Infused Salt

March 20, 2013

Today is the 21st which means it’s Recipe ReDux day.  And it’s also my man’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Jeff! In case you can’t tell, I’m a tad fond of him. Anyways… The Recipe ReDux challenge this month was to use a fresh green herb in a nontraditional way.  I use fresh herbs all the time, […]

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How to make Coconut Whipped Cream

November 7, 2012

Last year I finally got over my fear of making homemade whipped cream.  It was ah-mazing.  And then?  I had to cut out dairy.  Dang it! Then I found out I could make dairy-free whipped cream out of coconut milk.  Great!  Except you have to plan ahead and put the can of coconut milk in […]

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Fermented Parsnips & How to Ferment Vegetables at Home

September 20, 2012

When I saw the topic for this month’s Recipe Redux challenge, I had absolutely no idea where to start.  I have no experience making “Fermented Foods” at home, and didn’t even know it was possible.  When I started looking into the process, the food safety nerd came out in me as I worried about leaving […]

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Say goodbye to separation anxiety (how to keep your nut butter from separating)

June 29, 2012

Do you suffer from separation anxiety?  Do you refuse to buy the natural peanut butter because it’s an oily mess on top and dry as a bone on the bottom?  Well I’m here to teach you how to enjoy the goodness of natural nut butter with absolutely no separation anxiety.  Here’s how you do it. […]

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Easiest Ever Roasted Corn on the Cob

June 3, 2012

Pssst, I learned the easiest way to roast corn on the cob last week. Want to know how to do it? Take your corn, Stick it into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Yep, right on the rack. Pull it out (careful, it’s hot!), pull back the husk and eat! Or add it to […]

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Tips on using fresh ginger

January 17, 2012

Have you ever seen those weird brown knobby looking things at the grocery store?  Did you wonder who in the world would buy such an ugly root?  Well, I do and so should you! Ginger root has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce your risk for cancer and even help you feel less sore […]

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