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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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Tuesday
Nov162010

Red Marionette giveaway winners!

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Hello! It's been too long, hasn't it? I haven't posted in over two weeks! I started having massive blogging withdrawal.  Where have I been? Well, I lost my internet access at home over a month ago, was involved in a big Halloween performance, have been hanging out at the clay studio throwing pots, working my normal full-time job, starting physical therapy, and trying to get my Etsy shop up and running.  Oh yeah, and I moved over the weekend.  All my stuff is in boxes. My kitchen is totally disassembled. I am living in a new home, and getting used to the space - and likewise, my new roommates are getting used to me. It is strange going from living alone for almost 4 years to living with people again - we now have two sets of everything in that house. Yikes. But I couldn't be more excited about it, and can't wait to tell you more about it.

Right now, though, I have exciting news to share with you.

What's that?

I am announcing the winners of the Red Marionette handmade ornament giveaway!!!!  A few weeks ago I announced the giveaway of three adorable handmade ornaments from Red Marionette. Red Marionette was developed in 2008 by a crafty redhead named Kelli (who happens to be my sister-in-law). Kelli was raised by a craft obsessed mother, went on to pursue a degree in Computer Animation, and has experience as a sculptor, painter, and manager in Themed Construction. After discovering Etsy, she decided that others may enjoy the fruits of her creativity, so she started Red Marionette.  In the last two years, she's met massive success!The most recent development for Red Marionette is that Kelli's work was just published in Better Home and Garden's Christmas Ideas Magazine for 2010!  Wow! The magazine features her darling pocket-peeper stockings, which are available for sale on her Etsy shop  and are sure to be in high demand this Holiday season!   The magazine is available at any store that sells Better Homes & Gardens, from Target to your local grocer or book store.

Without further adieu, here are the winners:

Clara, Randolph, and Eric. Don't you just want them all!?

Kelli gives each of her handmade creations a name and a personality. Some are cute, some are crabby, and all of them are totally unique. Here are the bios of the three characters that Kelli is sharing with you: Clara, Randolph, and Eric.

Clara, the blue owl

This is Clara.  She loves collecting shiny things.  Between  silverware, jewelry and aluminum foil, she always has something shiny in her pocket. She gazes at her stash of things for the better part of the day.  As long as it makes her happy, I support her habit.

And the winner is...Claire Ryder

Randolph, the reindeer

This is Randolph.  Randolph was born with a red nose. This has  allowed him many job opportunities as a stand in or stunt double for  the ever popular Rudolph. He doesn't mind as it keeps him working, especially at the malls and photo ops around the Holidays.

And the winner is...Kimberley Belford

Eric, the crabby owl 

This is Eric.  He isnt really happy right now since the weather is cooling off and soon he wont be able to go outside to play as much.  I think he needs a little Holiday Spirit to cheer him up. I have been asking him to untangle the Christmas Lights or Sing Carols, not much is working.  I think he needs an understanding family to adopt him.

And the winner is.....Cathy E!

 

Congratulations to the winners. I will contact you shortly to get your shipping addresses.

As for the rest of you, thanks for participating and better luck next time!  If you want some of Kelli's holiday flair in your home this season, you can purchase Red Marionette goodies on her Etsy shop. Be sure to check it out!  

Expect recipes again soon - I have been cooking up a storm. And I even have more giveaways up my sleeve.  I can't wait!

xoxo , Kim

 

Thursday
Oct282010

The Ravishing Rutabaga - or - It's Not a Turnip, People: four recipes for using a misunderstood root vegetable

Beautiful rutabaga, ready for eating. Image from "The Kitchn"

A couple weekends ago, I did a cooking demo at the Minneapolis Farmers Market called "The Ravishing Rutabaga - or - It's Not a Turnip, People".  The goal was to share recipes that celebrate a vegetable that I love deeply, but I feel is often misunderstood and underused!  It was a gorgeous day for the demo, becoming warm and sunny as the morning went on, and it was very well attended by fellow bloggers, cooks, friends, and passing shoppers interested in learning more about our earthbound vegetal friend. 

I wish I could give cooking demos everyday. I shared three recipes with the crowd - a crunchy raw rutabaga salad, mashed rutabaga and sweet potato, and a rutabaga cake. It was awesome!  So, I wanted to share the recipes with you too, plus another bonus recipe that I love. I only have photos of the rutabaga salad, so use your imagination!

The rutabaga is a delicious, nutritious, and versatile vegetable that is perfect for fall and winter cuisine. Wonderful raw or cooked, it is high in vitamins, is a good source of complex carbohydrates, and contains naturally anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. Don’t know what to do with it? No worries! Here's a bunch of information, flavor combinations and four easy recipes featuring rutabaga that will surely make you a fan.

As a side note, I might be a bit absent the next few weeks. I'm having a flare-up of Lyme symptoms, my internet access at home is gone, and I'm moving to a new place in a few weeks. I'm busy and not feeling well. So, I'll be posting round up and kick-offs for the next SOS Kitchen Challenge, but might not be post much else the next few weeks until I get settled in in my new place and am hopefully feeling a little more sprightly. 

In the meantime, just so you don't miss me too much (har, har), how about buying a copy of A Year to Eat Freely: 2011 Allergy-Friendly Recipe Calendar, the recipe collection I have for sale, and trying out some of those new recipes?  ;)

Okay, on to the rutabaga...

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Thursday
Oct142010

How to Make Sauerkraut - or - Four Women Have a Cabbage-Laden SausageFest

Updated on Saturday, January 15, 2011 by Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

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My new friend and fellow blogger Amy is wise in the ways of fermented cabbage. Her Croatian-bred family has a long history of kraut making, and she is the proud owner of her grandmother's kraut board.  A few weeks ago, she led a great demo at the Minneapolis Farmers Market about how to make sauerkraut.  I was awestruck by her sense of humor, her knowledge of kraut, and that amazing kraut board! After the demo, I approached her about getting together for a kraut-making party.  She gave me a quart of her homemade kraut, one thing led to another, and soon we had a date. We invited a couple local food loving friends, and decided we'd eat sausages, make kraut, and have fun.  Female sausage-fest, here we come!

Finally, this past Sunday, the big day came.  It was an unusually warm October day, with temperatures soaring into the upper 70s while golden leaves fell from the trees. We met at Amy's house at 8:45 am, then hopped in her car and drove to the Minneapolis Farmers Market in search of the perfect cabbages.  After investigating all the cabbages at the market, we found the goldmine: 50 pound bags of cabbages for only $12.  The cabbages were wet under the outer leaves, and were still moist ('bleeding') on the stem where they were cut. Perfect! We bought a bag. I hopped up and down with delight at the thought of all those cabbages, giggling like a little schoolgirl, while Amy hoisted the entire 50 pound bag of cabbages onto her shoulder.  She hauled that whole bag of cabbage back to the car on her shoulder through crowded farmers market aisles and busy sidewalks; it was like she was carrying a battering ram. I was impressed. Amy is hardcore.

With all that cabbage weighing down the back of her car, we made a quick stop back at my apartment to get a big plastic tub (more on that later), then went back to her house. Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to set up our cabbage shredding operation on her back patio.  While we got our ingredients and equipment together, we made sure the cabbage was set up comfortably in a lounge chair.

Relaxed cabbages and relaxed people make much better kraut. Seriously.

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Sunday
Oct032010

Get Cultured: Dietary Sources of Probiotics

Updated from a post I originally wrote and published for  Lymenaide, February 6, 2010.

 

“Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have.”

-Steven Wright


See that jar of Kohlrabi Garlic Pickles up there? It's teaming with happy, healthy bacteria.

Bacteria gets a bad rap - bacteria is our friend. Sure, there are lots of bacteria out there that do everything from make food spoil to make body odor stink to make people very sick.  As someone with chronic Lyme Disease, I'm quite familiar (and unhappy) with the constant microbial battle going on inside my body with those nasty little buggers. For years, Borrelia bacteria has been compromising my immune system and screwing with my body.  My challenge since starting treatment has been to kick those bad bacteria out and replace them with the friendly bacteria that will make me healthier.

Our bodies rely on healthy bacteria to function properly - without it, we'd die. The flora (bacteria) in your gut effects everything.  Beneficial lactobactilli bacteria help your body deal with all the bad bacteria appropriately, stimulating the immune system to react.  Bacteria also help your body digest food and assimilate nutrients, and break down toxins.  If you are on antibiotics, it is clearing out ALL your bacteria, both good and bad, so it is important that you take steps to help restore good bacteria to your gut.  Otherwise yeast infections and Candida will take over, and your immune system and digestion will suffer.  

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Sunday
Sep262010

Packing a Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly School Lunch

This month's "Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten-Free!" event, hosted by Ali of Whole LIfe Nutrition, is focused on packing healthy school lunches. The event was started by Naomi Devlin of Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried, a blogger I have admired for quite some time. I've always thought this event was great, so I'm excited to participate!

While I may not have children, I do fancy myself a bit of an expert in the lunch-packing arena. I've been brown-bagging it nearly everyday for work the last six years, and since changing my diet 2 1/2 years ago have hardly left the house with a meal or snack, especially on car trips, airplane rides, or long days of errands.   See that meal up there in the photo? It was delicious - red lentil garlic dip, raw veggies, brown rice tortillas, and some raw cashews.  I carried it around Manhattan with me on my last trip to New York, and it was an awesomely easy, affordable, and allergy-friendly way to enjoy an afternoon in Central Park. And although I'm a 28-year-old grown woman, it was a meal that would have been equally appropriate for a school lunch for your little one.

If your child has dietary restrictions, they might feel like "weird kid" when compared to their schoolmates eating processed foods, peanut butter sandwiches, or string cheese. Thankfully, there are lots of ways that you can pack fun and delicious lunches that will make make their tummies happy and probably make their friends wish that you were packing lunch for them too. 

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