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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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iHerb giveaway winners & October SOS Kitchen Challenge Round up

We couldn't be more pleased with the incredible array of entries we received for this month's SOS Kitchen Challenge on sesame seeds!  As always, your creativity and versatility the kitchen are awe-inspiring. 

We received 35 entries--the best turn out yet!--all of them inventive, delicious and sesame-packed! From noodles to omelets to salads, the savory side of the challenge was well represented.  I was in awe of Kris's chickpea flour omelet--doesn't it look great? And how about this Caprese-inspired Japanese Tomato Tofu Salad? I also loved this Zatter Casserole and Sesame Roasted Eggplant with Rice Pilaf.  

And the sweet sesame treats were over the top! From beverages to cookies and more, you all outdid yourselves this month.  One of the most innovative sweets, I thoughts, was this Warm Maple Sesame Drink from Maid in Alaska.  I also loved the look of these Sesame Seed Cookies with Maple Tahini Icing, Chocolate Tahini Cookies, and Grain Free Gingerbread Cutouts, and two types of tahini bars! Finally, don't the Sesame Chocolate Pudding and raw Sweet Sesame Balsamic Cashews look phenomenal, too? I could go on and on! You can check out the rest of the mouthwatering entries by clicking on the linkys, below!

Thanks to everyone for participating this month.  For the first time, we also offered prizes - 10 bags of sesame seeds and a $50 shopping spree, generously provided by iHerb.  You definitely rose to the challenge, and we are excited to announce the winners!  

The ten winners of the bags of sesame seeds are:

1. Saveur from The Taste Space
2. Megan from MAID in Alaska
3. Valerie from City Life Eats
4. Deanna from The Mommy Bowl
5. Noelle from Singer in the Kitchen
6. Andrea from Andrea's Easy Vegan Cooking
7. Meghan from Live to Eat
8. Bellwookie from B & the Boy!
9. A-K from Swell Vegan
10. Claire from Chey Cayenne

the winner of the $50 iHerb shopping spree is:

K from Tale of Two Vegans


Email us BEFORE NOVEMBER 5, 2010, at soskitchenchallenge@gmail.com with your full (real) name and email address.  REMEMBER, you must sign up for an account at iHerb to be eligible for the prize!

If we don't hear from some of you by then, we will select new winner(s) until all prizes are awarded.  


Please let us know if you've enjoyed the SOS Challenge with this new sponsored twist--it's something we're considering for future SOS Challenges, too! 

Can't wait to see what you all cook up for next month!  We're both crazy about this next ingredient, and we're pretty sure that most of you will be, too. :) The reveal post is coming up next week...

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to everyone who participated! 

SOS Kitchen Challenge Submissions: Sesame



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Reader Comments (3)

Hey Kim! It's actually Megan from MAID in Alaska. :) Thanks!

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Megan, I'm sorry we screwed up your name!!! It is fixed now. My apologies!

November 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim

No worries, girl!! Thanks for fixing it! ;)

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
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