My New Web Site

In a week or so, we’re launching my new web site with a new visual design and a new name. That’s right: it’s time to say goodbye to The Clothes Make The Girl, a.k.a., the silliest name ever for a healthy lifestyle blog. More on that when it’s closer! The new site is much more visual to highlight our food photos, and the mobile version is very slick. I think the 50% of you that... read more

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce

I’ve been carting around different versions of this recipe since college. (That’s about 25 years, you guys. Yikes!) It started out as a clipping from a magazine: “Hot Pasta, Cold Sauce,” a recipe for piles of hot linguine topped with a room temperature tomato-basil sauce. I made it all the time because it was fast, easy, and cheap. As my budget and tastes evolved, the recipe did,... read more

Win a Copy of ‘Will Write For Food’

UPATE: This giveaway is now closed. But read on for more info on Dianne and this wonderful book! Remember my interview with the fabulous Dianne Jacob? Her book Will Write For Food is essential for anyone who wants to give food writing a shot. Whether you’re blogging your Whole30, sharing family recipes, trying your hand at freelancing, or looking for ways to make some money from y0ur blog, Will... read more

Paleo Latin American Dinner Party

It’s been hot and steamy here in Vermont for the past few weeks, so when we had a few friends over for dinner recently, I had two requirements for our menu: (1) I craved tropical flavors; and (2) It had to be no-fuss and preferably made on the grill. This is the menu that I landed on (partially inspired by a fried chicken recipe from Cook’s Illustrated): Crispy Latin American... read more

Crispy Paleo Latin American Chicken

For me, watching America’s Test Kitchen and reading Cook’s Illustrated are similar to flipping through a copy of Vogue and drooling over the fashions: I can enjoy looking at the tempting things, and I might even imagine them in my life, but—to my chagrin—there’s no way I will ever eat the Cook’s Illustrated fried chicken nor will I wear the Alexander McQueen gown. That... read more

Cucumber-Pineapple Salsa

Let’s be honest: cucumbers aren’t the most charismatic veggie out there. They’re not a nutritional powerhouse like kale, or adorably diminutive like Brussels sprouts, but they compensate for their lack of exuberance by being so versatile. When cool cucumbers mix and mingle with sweet pineapple and kicky jalapeños, something delicious happens. Suddenly, the cucumber is sitting at the... read more

Crispy Plantains with Garlic Sauce

What I’m about to say is not an exaggeration: I’ve been eating these plantains for dinner almost every night for months. Every. night. I’ve also been having a super fun summer… enjoying tons of energy during my workouts… losing body fat and building muscle. Coincidence? I don’t think so! I think these plantains are magic. So abracadabra to you! This recipe is part of my... read more

Lemon-Maple Kale Salad with Dates and Almonds

Have you ever massaged your kale?! I didn’t really understand why kale salads were so popular until I learned the massaging trick. Now it all makes sense. Bitter and tough, but loaded with flavor, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, kale has a well-deserved reputation as a numero uno leafy green. And when you break down its defenses with a little salt and a lot of tough love, it yields, becoming less... read more

Tasty Food Writing: A Chat with Dianne Jacob

When I set out to write my first cookbook Well Fed, I read and re-read (and re-read) Dianne Jacob’s wonderful book Will Write For Food to help improve my food writing and to avoid embarrassing recipe faux pas like putting my ingredients in the wrong order, using confusing quantities, or forgetting to edit out nondescript words like “delicious.” Will Write For Food continues to be a... read more

Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

I wrote the post below in 2009 when I was going through a transition in my workouts. I was reminded of it this morning, while I struggled to get comfortable in the position needed for bent-over barbell rows. “Grrrr… I HATE these!” my inner eight-year-old said, in a petulant voice. I did the damn bent-over rows, but I pouted the whole time and wasted all kinds of mental energy on the... read more

I Started My Own Business

I’ve mentioned the wonderful Hey, Eleanor web site and podcast before. In case you’re unfamiliar, Molly Mogren of Hey Eleanor, writes honestly and eloquently about her adventures trying things that scare her. She also does a really nice job interviewing other people who faced their demons head on. It’s all very inspiring and motivating and educational; a delight, really. Molly and I... read more

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