Recipes

Homemade Artisan Bread + AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!

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Baking is always a bit challenging for me.  It is such an exact science, and if one measurement is even a little bit off the whole recipe can flop.  This seems to be especially true with homemade bread.  So, when I read about Average Joe Bread Kit in my college alumni magazine I was immediately [...]


A Grass-Fed Dinner

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I really love the farmers co-op we belong to.  Every two weeks our friendly farmers bring fresh and wholesome food from their Michigan farm to Chicago, and my family and I are healthier and happier because of it. I almost always order delicious eggs with marigold yolks, juicy whole chickens that roast up perfectly, earthy [...]


Healthy Date-Nut Truffles

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My husband is striving to live a healthier lifestyle and lose a few pounds. He’s always been a very active and fitness-focused person, so his latest efforts are really a refinement of what he’s always been doing. I’m so proud of his willpower, dedication and focus.  He inspires me! Processed white sugar was one of [...]


Homemade Turkey Stock and Soup

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After Sunday’s roast turkey success, we were left with many pounds of turkey meat.  So, this Homemade Mother got to work to make sure that not one ounce of the beautiful bird went to waste.  One the agenda: homemade turkey stock followed up by homemade turkey soup. The beauty of homemade turkey soup comes from [...]


Homemade Roast Turkey – My First One!

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The wonderful co-op we buy fresh food from didn’t have turkeys ready in time for Thanksgiving (further proof of the legitimacy of the farmers – they didn’t pump the birds with artificial scary stuff just to have the birds ready for the high season).  When I got an email last week letting me know their [...]


Homemade Sour Cream Biscuits

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The morning after Chris and I returned from our week-long trip abroad, I was faced with a bit of a problem: what to make for breakfast.  Because we had no time (or energy!) for grocery shopping the day of our return, and because we left the house with minimal food, I had to cobble together [...]


Ginger Soy Udon Noodle Soup

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One of my absolute favorite ingredients to cook with is fresh ginger.  It is so warm and comforting and soothing.  The gnarled knobs might not look very appealing, but so much happiness is lurking inside!  Whether it be a Mango Lassi with Ginger and Cardamom or Homemade Green Chai Tea or Ginger Pumpkin Bread, I [...]


Mango Lassi with Ginger and Cardamom

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I’m feeling a little under the weather today.  Despite getting plenty of sleep last night, I am exhausted. And, I have no appetite so I haven’t eaten much today.  I suspect a day-long bout of nausea is due to this pregnancy, too.  So, after trying quite ridiculously and unsuccessfully to get my husband to leave [...]


A Japanese Lunch with our Japanese Friends

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One of the best things about living in a big city is encountering diversity on a daily basis.  People from all walks of life and all corners of the globe call Chicago home, and I consider their presence in my hometown to be a true asset and gift. Aren’t I lucky to have the world [...]


Fresh Pumpkin for Homemade Pumpkin Pie

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Last week the Breast Cancer Fund released a report about concerning levels of BPA in many prepared Thanksgiving foods.  BPA, an estrogenic chemical linked to breast cancer, is most often found in plastics (one of many reasons I try to avoid plastic altogether).  However, BPA is also found in other surprising places like grocery store [...]


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