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Mar 31, 2015
I moved into my own apartment — my first apartment! — during my junior year of college and suddenly had access to a full kitchen. No more dining hall meals for me! It was the first time I’d been completely responsible for cooking for myself, and I experimented a lot. I made chicken satay 100% from scratch, scouring the hole-in-the-wall Asian shops in Syracuse for ingredients and pounding fresh...
Mar 20, 2015
While we’re on our Parisian adventure, Dave and I are feasting at Le 404, a swank and delicious Moroccan restaurant tucked in a cobblestone street. The last time we went there, we shared a traditional Bastila that brought tears to my eyes. In honor of our gluttony, I’ve collected all my recipes inspired by Moroccan cuisine and spices, just in case you want to have an exotic dinner, too. (All...
Mar 16, 2015
I’m in Paris celebrating a big birthday with my husband Dave, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking of you and your needs. Really! It’s March, and that means it’s time for March Madness. Plus, there’s never a bad time for meatballs. So here’s a replay of last year’s March Meatball Madness recipes. They’re a slam dunk. (Sorry…)
Mar 13, 2015
Some of you might not know this about me, but I didn’t always love working out. When I first started in 1993 — overweight, completely out of shape, scared— I loathed working up a sweat, and I followed the conventional wisdom that said I should go hard for at least an hour and never lift barbells heavier than 10 pounds.
The notion of a cardio workout that lasts more than 20 minutes and not lifting...
Mar 12, 2015
A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Molly Mogren of Hey Eleanor about giving up the thing that defined me, a.k.a. CrossFit. Now I’m delighted to share some of Molly’s insights right here. I asked her to write about what she’s learned during her Hey Eleanor adventures, and she’s got some kickass tips to help you become your boldest self, too.
If I were to ask you, “What’s...
Mar 10, 2015
To celebrate Dave’s big milestone birthday, we’re going on an adventure to Paris and Reykjavik! I’m taking an actual, no-internet vacation, so you won’t see me back here until the end of March. Instead, you can imagine us here…
We’re going on a bike tour in Paris, shopping on the Rue Cler then having a picnic by the Eiffel Tower,...
Mar 7, 2015
A few days ago, the temperature in Vermont rose above zero, then into the teens, then over 20, and it just kept going! It finally landed on a balmy 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Practically bathing suit weather! Which lead me to thinking about the lucky ladies from my gym who are lolling on the beaches of Mexico right now.
I can’t bring you tropical drinks, gently breaking waves, or sand between...
Feb 26, 2015
I’ve been eating Whole30-style paleo since 2009, and somewhere along the way, following the guidelines stopped being a massive pain in the butt and just became how I eat. It’s really comfortable and peaceful for me to eat this way when I cook at home.
But ah! There’s the rub.
Even I want to occasionally be a social creature who gets out of the kitchen and leaves the house. Who, perhaps, dresses...
Feb 24, 2015
Hey! Thursday, February 26 is National Chili Day!
Sure, it’s totally made up, but aren’t most holidays?! And I just can’t find a way to be opposed to celebrating meat, tomatoes, chiles, and spices on the fourth Thursday of every February. It’s like a spicy Thanksgiving or something.
A little history…
The earliest written description came from J.C. Clopper, who wrote of...
Feb 24, 2015
In honor of National Chili Day on February 26, I’m sharing one of the recipes from Well Fed 2. My husband Dave grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and eating at Skyline Chili was one of our food-bonding experiences, early in our romance about 20 years ago.
Cincinnati Chili can be endlessly entertaining. First, there’s the double-entendre involved in ordering your favorite toppings. Do you want a 2-way...
Feb 21, 2015
When we started Smudge Publishing, Dave and I made the commitment to donate some of the proceeds from the sales of our books to organizations that we think are doing great work. With the original Well Fed, we donated to Common Threads, whose mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking.