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Happy Thanksgiving and Some News!

I’ve begun moving the site to my 0wn domain! I’m very excited about this change but, like any change, it is hard, and overwhelming. But hopefully after vacation I will return with a clear head and then all of this code will suddenly make sense to me.

Please be on the lookout for an update after Thanksgiving!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, have a great one! If you don’t yet know what you’re bringing to the holiday feast, let me leave you with this simple and delicious recipe. It is a crowd pleaser!

Butternut Squash, Apple & Gorgonzola Gratin

Photo from Wegman’s

(adapted from a Wegman’s recipe)

*3-4 Tbsp. refined coconut oil (heated if necessary to be liquid), divided
*1 tsp. parsley
*1/4 tsp. thyme
*1/4 tsp. garlic powder
*About 20 0z. peeled and cubed organic butternut squash (1/8 – 1/4″ pieces)
*Sea salt and pepper to taste
*1/8 – 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, divided (to your taste)
*1-1/2 cups raw or organic heavy cream
*2 medium organic Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, thinly sliced (about 2-1/2 cups)
*3 oz. Gorgonzola cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix parsley, thyme and garlic powder into oil. Rub 2 quart shallow casserole dish with 1-1/2 Tbsp. of the oil. Place casserole dish on baking sheet. Cover bottom of dish with layer of squash; season with salt and pepper and half the nutmeg. Repeat with remaining squash; season with salt and pepper and remaining nutmeg. Pour heavy cream over all.

Bake 30 mins; remove from oven. Press squash/ cream mixture down using spatula; return to oven. Bake 10 mins; remove from oven.

Toss apples with remaining seasoned oil in small bowl. Cover top of squash mixture with single layer of apple slices, overlapping slightly and pressing apple slices gently into creamy mixture with a spatula.

Return casserole to oven; bake 45-50 mins. or until squash and apples are tender. Remove from oven. Top with dollops of Gorgonzola; allow cheese to melt before serving.

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Final Day of the ‘In the Kitchen’ Giveaway!

I’m going to do things a little differently today. Let me jump right into the Chili recipe from Kate Tietje’s In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics:

1/2 lb. kidney beans, soaked overnight
1 lb. ground beef
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. molasses
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. sea salt
6 C. tomato juice, OR 3 C. puree and 3 C. filtered water Continue reading

In the Homestretch! Giveaway Day Four (And a Recipe!)

Welcome to day four of the In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics giveaway! I’m happy you’re here!

As promised, today I’m going share a recipe for Caesar Dressing from the book. Adding cooked marinated chicken to it would make a fabulous lunch or dinner! (Of course, I am writing this at the last minute, and so I made Caesar Dressing for breakfast.)

But before we get to the dressing recipe, I’d like to share the recipe list from the book. Continue reading

Giveaway Day Three AND The Great French Fry Taste Test!

Thank you for joining me for day three of the giveaway for Kate Tietje’s e-book In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics. And again, welcome to all of my new subscribers! I am so glad to have you all!

Do you know anybody who doesn’t like french fries? Me neither. In fact, making this one food at home could probably get your kids to throw their full support behind your Real Food lifestyle (at least for a day). Continue reading

Day Two: ‘In the Kitchen’ Giveaway and Recipe Preview!

Welcome to all of my new subscribers! I’m so happy to have you!

Today is the second day of the promotion for In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics, and I have a great recipe to share with you. But first…

I want to share with you the Table of Contents from the e-book. Take a look at all of the fabulous information contained in this helpful book! Continue reading

It Begins Today! ‘In the Kitchen’ Review and GIVEAWAY!

I’m so excited to have my first official giveaway! Especially since I get to give away something about which I’m so excited.

Kate Tietje’s In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics is a must-have, for both beginning and experienced Real Foodies. The first section explains the hows and whys, and is understandable and persuasive. (Hm… it would make a great gift for those friends and family members who can’t seem to be convinced of the need for a Real Food lifestyle!) The best thing is, it teaches you to make REAL, recognizable foods. Do you think you’ll have trouble convincing your kids to try pizza, ice cream or french fries? Of course not! And you can rest easy knowing that having prepared them yourself with Kate’s easy-to-follow recipes, you’re actually giving them healthy, nourishing food. Sounds like a win-win to me. Continue reading

Kid-Friendly Changes: Mayo and RANCH (Yes! Healthy Ranch!)

This is the second in a series of posts about some changes to help you incorporate more healthful eating into your life – without a mutiny from your kids!

Mmmmm! You can't beat fresh, crispy Romaine with ranch dressing!

Are there any more beloved condiments than mayonnaise and ranch salad dressing? I don’t know a parent who hasn’t at one point used ranch to coax a child into eating a suspicious vegetable. I’m including mayo and ranch in one post because once you have delicious, healthy mayo – delicious, healthy ranch is a breeze! Continue reading