Fall Harvest Cookbook Club and Roasted Hubbard Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette with Fontina Cheese

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The theme for our Cookbook Club this month was “Fall foods,” which is pretty much the theme of my life right now.  No really, as if my “all squash” diet wasn’t enough, I went on a serious pumpkin bender at Trader Joe’s on Saturday. Croutons, mochi, macarons, cider. Can’t. Get. … Continue reading

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies and Pumpkin Irony

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My big news for the weekend is that I appear to have overcome my pumpkin allergy!  It’s probably been fifteen years since I last carved a pumpkin.  Frankly it wasn’t worth the hives and swollen eyes.  But when I got an invite to a pumpkin carving party, I decided it … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta with Creamy Eggplant Sauce

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Don’t you love it when you make something really, really delicious, and then you repurpose the leftovers into something even more delicious?!  I didn’t think it was possible to make this baba ghanoush any more delicious, but that was before I stirred it into my pasta.  It started last week when I found myself … Continue reading

Paleo Cincinnati Style Turkey Chili

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This delicious dish is somewhere between a chili and a bolognese. Or maybe it’s just a chili that I decided to serve bolognese style, but I hear that’s quite common with Cincinnati style chili.  This style of chili has a thinner more sauce-like consistency than most chili con carne. It’s … Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Kale Spanakopita

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As we were eating breakfast this morning, I started complaining to Courtney that I didn’t feel like we’d had enough adventures this Fall.  This made perfect sense in my mind until he reminded me that we spent last weekend whitewater rafting on Class V rapids.  So okay, perhaps I have … Continue reading

A Story I’ve Been Meaning to Tell

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This has been an exciting week for me.  I submitted an article to the Huffington Post for the first time, and not only did they print it but they featured it on the front page of the women’s section.  I’m beyond flattered, but also really stoked that I was given … Continue reading

An Okra Parmigiana so Good That I Threatened the Dogs for Just Looking at my Plate the Wrong Way

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Oh my, I don’t even know what to say about this dish.  I’d never cooked okra before this Summer, but this parmigiana has made me a believer!  Okra can sometimes be a bit slimy, but it certainly isn’t once breaded and fried.  Because the okra is so small, the breading … Continue reading

Cookbook Club and Sweet Cheese Mutabbaq

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My Cook Book Club met this Sunday for the much anticipated CHEESE EDITION!  After an entire week of the SNAP Challenge I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about cheese in my life, and my excitement about cheese is already quite high.  We had a smaller group this time, … Continue reading

Grain Free Coconut Zucchini Muffins (No Added Sugar!)

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  Zucchini was a frequent component of my CSA bag mid-Summer.  At one point, we were getting so much of it that it was accompanied with a sheet on how to freeze or otherwise preserve the green squash.  But as Murphy’s Law would have it, it seems I came across … Continue reading

Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew

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Feel like you’ve seen a lot of this curried cauliflower and chickpea stew this week?  You and I both my friend.  But I’m actually not sick of it!  This vegan stew is simple, yet delicious.  Comforting on a cold Fall night.  It’s healthy, filling and full of veggies and fiber. … Continue reading

SNAP Challenge Day 7: No Room for Error… Or House Guests

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This post is part of a series.  Read post one, post two, post three, post four, post five, post six, post seven, and post eight.  Well, I successfully made it through my one week SNAP Challenge with $1.01 to spare.  However, that was about all I had to spare.  Foodwise, I was down to one serving of … Continue reading

SNAP Challenge Day 6: I’ve Got Time On My Side

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This post is part of a series.  Read post one, post two, post three, post four, post five, post six, and post seven. I’ve talked a good bit about the advantages I have and the luxuries I enjoy that make it easier for me to eat healthily on $33.79 a week.  And really, there are a … Continue reading

SNAP Challenge Day 5: The Most Enlightening Diet I’ve Ever Gone On

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This post is part of a series.  Read post one, post two, post three, post four, post five and post six. I’ve tried my fair share of diets over the years.  I’ve done Atkins and South Beach, I’ve eaten Special K cereal for two meals a day.  (You should know that this, of course, was nearly … Continue reading

SNAP Challenge Day 4: Confessions of a Food Hoarder

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This post is part of a series.  Read post one, post two, post three, post four and post five.  I’m over halfway through the SNAP challenge, and at this point I’m quite confident I’ll have enough food for the week.  I’ve still got three servings of Thai Lentil Curry, two servings of Curried Cauliflower … Continue reading

SNAP Day 3: I Didn’t Even Realize That Was a Luxury

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This post is part of a series.  Read post one, post two, post three, and post four. I’m starting to realize just how many of the things I think of as relatively modest parts of my everyday life are in reality luxuries.  A cup of coffee, for instance.  I’m not talking a fancy … Continue reading

SNAP Challenge Day 2: Rethinking Waste

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This post is the fourth in a series.  Read post one, post two, and post three. I’ve been thinking a lot about waste these last couple of days.  Suddenly I’m weighing my day to day frivolities with the cost of food.  Yesterday’s mojito, this afternoon’s manicure… I could go on.  But you … Continue reading

SNAP Challenge Day 1: Doing Math with Each Meal

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This post is the third in a series.  Read post one and post two. Even at a serious bargain of a happy hour, the single cocktail I bought this evening was more than my entire daily budget for food… and that’s before tip.  The realization of how quickly I can guzzle … Continue reading

Preparing for the SNAP Challenge: Just How Far Can I Stretch $33.79?

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Yesterday I told you about my plans for a seven day SNAP challenge to wrap up Hunger Action Month.  I also went shopping for provisions.  Where I live is in close proximity to many grocery stores, which already puts me at a significant advantage when it comes to finding healthy and … Continue reading

Kicking off the SNAP Challenge: 7 Days on a Food Stamp Budget

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September is National Hunger Action Month, a Feeding America initiative to raise awareness and mobilize communities to end hunger in our country.  For the last full week of September, I will be taking part in the SNAP Challenge.  For the next seven days, I will live on a meager $33.79, … Continue reading