Monthly Archives: January 2012

I love my smoothies!

Having a great tool to make my morning breakfast has really made a difference. We shopped around and stalked the local COSTCO’S until a Vitamix show was close by. I make at least one smoothie every day and salad dressings once a week- no more bottles for us! Soup, from fresh into the container and hot and ready to serve out of the container, is a great concept but I haven’t found a recipe I love yet- any suggestions? My next experiment is going to be making brown rice flour from rice grain!

Kitchen inspirations

In 1984 I discovered that I love to travel. My parents sent my two youngest brothers and me to explore the West. We left Wisconsin, traveled through 16 states and put over 3,000 miles on that tiny little Toyota Mini-Cruiser camper.
We slept on roadsides, truck stops and campsites – things I wouldn’t allow my daughters to do now. We ate local food, cooked local food on our tiny propane stove and made lots of memories.
The next summer we tried the East Coast. It was the same plan except that we stayed with some friends in Brooklyn. I met Alyse, the mother of my friend, and she changed everything I knew about food! She was the first person I had met who made food an experience, not a necessity, from presentation to pairings – so much more than ingredients went into her meals.
That Christmas I was invited back and I was able to help with the holiday meals. Alyse, born and raised Jewish, married into an Italian, Catholic family. To say that Christmas was an extravaganza was an understatement! The Christmas holiday ended with a New Year’s Day celebration. She invited all of her friends in her Brooklyn neighborhood to her New Year’s Day Dessert Open House. It was the first time that I had heard of a Trifle and I was able to build it. We spent the day preparing ambrosia, cakes, pies, cookies; drop, bar and sugar, it was all there and there were so many people there to enjoy it. I saw the look in Alyse’s eyes as she saw her “works” being enjoyed and saw the enjoyment on everyone’s face too. It was a moment that began to define how I feel about food, of course I didn’t know it then but as I look back on what has inspired me in the kitchen Alyse holds a major role!

The Clean Program

Last year a friend asked me to prepare some meals for her.  She had just started a new business and her schedule was very full.  The book she wanted me to use for recipes was Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Dr. Junger.  We had already been eating gluten free for over a year so the recipes were not shocking.  As my husband read beyond the recipes he could appreciate the philosophy and decided that we needed to give it a try! That was fine with me- he did the reading and I did the cooking.  We are a great team! The first two days were difficult, but not even close to impossible.  As we added days to the program it became easier and we began to feel better and lighter and more “clean”.  That was seven month ago.  I still enjoy my morning smoothie and no longer need coffee to make it through to lunch.  I have lost over 25 pounds and it was easy and I feel so much more healthy.  Through the elimination diet I discovered that soy and dairy don’t work for my body, but that is okay, there are so many other foods out there that support my body and make me feel like I am supposed to feel- clean!