Hosting Holiday Dinner? These Recipes Are My Go-To!

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One of the most stressful holiday events can be the job of hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Having to take on cooking a huge meal, timing it all correctly, and having it actually turn out… well… the opposite of Griswold Family Turkey from Christmas Vacation is a lot. Cooking a turkey? Actually stuffing the stuffing? Yikes.

Two years ago, my man-friend and I decided to take the leap and cook our own Christmas dinner. We weren’t hosting a huge get-together thankfully – it was just us and the kids. We decided if anything went badly, we’d have steak and pumpkin pie for dinner. Turns out, from the turkey to the dressing to the gravy, everything was fantastic.

Here are the recipes we used that even we could handle. [Read more…]

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The 2 Basic Nutrition Rules I Recommend Starting With

Nutrition Rules to Get You Started

Nutrition can be confusing AF. With a thousand different diets out there and conflicting reports every other week on the news, it’s no wonder a ton of people just say, “f*** it” when it comes to trying to eat healthy. I’m not going to go into how many grams of protein you need or what the hell ketosis is, but I will give you a couple things to look at to get started into a more healthy diet – My two basic nutrition rules: The 500 Year Rule, & the 85/15 Rule. [Read more…]

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Book Buzz: Salt Fat Acid Heat

I want to learn more about cooking. I want to understand the science behind it all so I can enjoy cooking more than I do. I’ve come a long way from frozen fish filets and canned green beans in college (when I thought I was something), but I still don’t feel totally comfortable in the kitchen. Sure, I can follow a recipe, but if I don’t have a recipe, I feel looooost. Enter Samin Nosrat and her amazing game-changer of a cook book, that’s better than a cook book: [Read more…]

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Project “Not Buying Sh** in Plastic at the Grocery”


I’m cutting back on purchases that involve plastic, damn it! I love the planet, I hate that we’re so reliant on oil, and I hate that plastic items are taking over the freaking oceans and waterways.

After listening to Planet Money’s five part series on oil a few months ago (especially episode 4 – “How Oil Got Into Everything”), I decided I had to do better. I never realized how much oil is used in almost everything: shoes, phones, medicine, and one of the biggest – PLASTIC. We can bitch about oil pipelines in the U.S., oil companies drilling in our oceans, and oil spills on our land, but until we stop spending money on all the damn things that oil is used for, we’re not going to make any headway. We’ve gotta start somewhere, so I’m starting with plastic. [Read more…]

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries. And a meal for your week!

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Any time I cook, I try to be efficient AF. If we’re baking something in the oven, we’re also going to bake a side dish… because that’s less work. Since sweet potatoes were on sale for $.79 (holla!) at the grocery this week, I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. [Read more…]

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New Recipes in The Rotation (Kid Approved Too)

I’ve been experimenting with new recipes on Sundays (because it’s the most chill day of the week) to try new stuff and take my time. Here are few that I’ve tried lately that have made it into the regular rotation, with approval from Tristen and Robin. My bonus sons, ages 8 and 6, even gave this first one another two thumbs up the next day for lunch. Total score.

{Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls}

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Want to Feel/Look Better? Eat Like A Grown Up.


My past nutrition advice: Eat real food. Drink water more than you drink other things.

My new advice: Eat like a grown up.

I’m tired of getting asked nutrition questions that are really just people wishing I would tell them it’s ok to eat crap. Stop with that. We all know better. We know deep down that at some point… we need to get our shit together. I also know that once we get into certain habits, we don’t always remember some of the basics. So, unless you’re really broke, in college, or are 12 years old and in charge of buying your meals, here’s a quick reminder of how to eat like an adult: [Read more…]

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This isn’t the drive-thru. REAL food takes time.

I’m having lunch and a beer at this awesome cafe in town for the third time this month. I love this place! They have amazing, quality food, a wide variety of food/drinks to choose from, and stellar atmosphere indoors and out. I just got in line to order my meal and got to stand awkwardly in between 2 customers that were pissed about things taking so long and being very vocal about their inconvenience. I had to bite my tongue to keep from going off on both of them. “This is not McDonald’s! Look at that menu! Your meal is being made NOW, not two hours ago!” I wanted to scream… but I didn’t. I knew it wouldn’t turn into anything good and I didn’t want to cause a scene in front of everybody else enjoying their afternoon.

The first guy was a tourist who’d been waiting “almost 20 minutes” and demanded his money back from the manager (who obliged and also offered a few gift cards, plus his apologies on training new kitchen staff). The second was a woman who made sure everybody knew she had a dog and screaming kids in the car waiting and that this shouldn’t take this long. She was in line about 30 seconds before I was. The whole scene took about 4 minutes. She ordered a muffin and a juice box…

When I got up to place my order I told the manager about this great sign I saw at Cheese Plus in San Francisco a couple months ago. I suggested he make something similar; either the same sign, or alter the wording just a bit (the title of this post).

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It just got me thinking of how much the drive-thru has negatively altered our minds’ views on what REAL food is, how quickly it should be prepared, and how much it should cost. People are so used to the low price and “efficiency” of fast food that they simply don’t think about what they’re actually putting into their body. People are cooking so little these days that I’m not sure if they even realize how much time it takes to prepare a real meal.

Hint: it’s more than 90 seconds.

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In the drive-thru it’s fast because it’s already been prepared… a really long time before you got there. #shitaintfresh. It’s cheap because the ingredients are either poor quality, or not not real food to begin with. If you want real food, it’s probably going to take a few minutes. And it’s probably going to cost more than the dollar menu. I’m not saying you have to spend $100 on a meal to make it great. I’m not saying you should wait 2 hours for a quality meal to be prepared. I’m just saying to chill the hell out and don’t be an entitled ass. If you don’t care about quality and you want it RIGHT now, and you’re not worried about putting fake food into your body, then keep going through the drive-thru.

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For the record, my Southwestern Burrito (black bean mix, red peppers, corn, yam, chipotle sauce, aged cheddar, wheat tortilla, organic blue corn chips and salsa) was delish. It cost $10 and took about 11 minutes… and I didn’t implode because I had to wait for it to be made.

Thanks, Communitea… for the awesome service and quality, yummy food.

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Aww Sugar, Sugar

“you are my candy girl… and you got me wanting yoooooou.”
 Love that song. Moving on…
So I was going to write this big post on sugar and get up on my soapbox and everything, but I’m just going to tell you a fact and then you can do with it what you will. There. Here it is:
4.2 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar
“Yeah, ok. a teaspoon isn’t that big. So what?” OK, so now go get a teaspoon of sugar and pour it into your hand to see how much a teaspoon actually is. Go ahead, I know you’re at home while you’re reading this (neglecting your family/dinner/chores) or you’re at work, (not writing proposals and ignoring emails) and there’s sugar around.
No? OK, OK I’ll show you. This is a teaspoon of sugar in a pile in your hand and then all shook up and spread out. I promise my hand’s not that fat looking in real life.
The point of this? Take a look at whatever you’re eating/drinking all day and check out how many grams of sugar are in it. Then, divide that number by 4.2. So that Vitamin Water you got there? 13 Grams of sugar = 3 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR! In WATER. Dumb? You betcha. Thinking that yogurt + fruit + cereal mixed together is a good idea? Add all those grams up to see how many teaspoons of sugar are in the mix, then decide. Don’t even me started on soda. OK, that’s all I’m gonna say. Have a lovely, low-sugar day, peeps!
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