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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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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Apple, Turnip & Cabbage Hash (gluten-free, vegan, ACD) and an unrelated crafty announcement

sweet, savory, sour, and so so so good 

This month's SOS Kitchen Challenge features none other than the trusty apple, a harbinger of autumn.  For my first apple recipe of the month, I wanted to make something that walked the line between sweet and savory.  I decided on a mix of apples, turnips, and cabbage, spiked with onion and caraway seeds. It is very much inspired by Scandanavian and German food; what can I say, I'm influenced by my cultural heritage.  It is aromatic and full of flavor, and I am convinced that caraway, apples, and cabbage were absolutely made for each other. Despite the fact that this combination makes vegetables almost sinfully delicious, you needn't worry - no sinning here.

If you want to participate in this month's SOS Kitchen Challenge, it's easy! Just check out the kick-off post for all the rules, and submit your apple recipe to the Linky at the bottom of this post. You can submit recipes until the end of the month, when Ricki (my challenge co-host) and I will post a round-up highlighting our favorites. Awesome.

Apple, Turnip & Cabbage Hash

yield 4 side servings

2 organic apples, cored and diced
2 large turnips, peeled and diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 cups finely chopped purple cabbage 
2 Tbsp olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, or butter
2 tsp caraway seeds 
pinch allspice
umeboshi plum vinegar, to taste

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, then add onion and stir. Saute 2-3 minutes, then add turnips, stir to coat with oil, and saute for for 5-8 minutes, until turnips just start to turn slightly golden. Then add apple, cabbage, allspice, and caraway seeds. Saute until apple and cabbage are softened, stirring often. Then crank up the heat and saute for about 5 minutes to give everything a nice little brown edge. Season to taste with umeboshi plum vinegar, and serve.

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Oh, hey, wait a minute!  I have an unrelated announcement!

I'm excited to present you with My Little Ideas, my very own shop on Etsy! Etsy is a an amazing site that provides virtual storefronts to artisans and crafters, and is the source of amazingly unique handmade goods on the internet. I've been meaning to start a site for years to sell the various things I make - embroidered items, jewelry, crocheted and knitted items, the list goes on. However, my recent crocheting solution to a problem finally kicked me into gear. I use mason jars for everything, and generally have one bouncing around in my purse to use as an eating or drinking vessel. After one too many broken jars, I finally decided to start crocheting jar cozies, and it turned into nothing short of an obsession! So, I now present you with my very own shop, my place to sell whatever I make, including my beloved cozies. 

My Little Ideas

one of my handmade mason jar cozies, available on Etsy

My hope is to focus on items that help support a natural, non-toxic, sustainable lifestyle, but with a touch of style and flair. The shop only has mason jar cozies right now, but keep checking back often for updates - I have all sorts of little ideas up my sleeve, including a pretty awesome recipe-packed item that will be available come October (I mean it! I'm not giving you empty recipe promises, I swear!!!).  Happy shopping!  ;)  

And one final apple-related note - be sure to check out all the great SOS Kitchen Challenge recipes for this month featuring apples. If you have one of your own, enter it below!

September SOS Kitchen Challenge: APPLES!



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Reader Comments (7)

What fun bags, kudos on opening your site!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

MMMMMMMM,...a delightful meal! Lovely food!

I made your 2 last fruit jams & they were fantastic, amazing & tasted fantastic too!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Your jar cozies are so lovely!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Heather

I love your Etsy logo and cozy. You are such a fabulous and creative lady. I have some work on Etsy myself. It's such a great invention.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Biesen

Oh how totally exciting , not only a new great recipe but the announcment of your new Etsy shop , the jar cozies are great and useful idea nothing like a real need in our lives to spark the Mother of invention in all of us . I tried to use the link you provided but was unable to get there , I will keep at it though . Your ideas a so insanly good . I wish you nothing but the very best :) you rock :)

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Love the hash, and LOVE those jar cozies!! What a brilliant idea. I used to carry glass jars with me for drinks, but found they leaked, or broke. . . these cozies are adorable. I can't wait to see the other neat stuff you've created (as you know, I'm an earring fiend). ;)

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Love the cozies... I've been using old socks for the past year... nowhere near as cute as what you got going on, girl! :) Nice work.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfartygirl
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