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Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here. Over at Life as […]

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Why I Love My Food Processor

Wondering if a food processor can help you in the kitchen? Here’s the story of our love affair. I am not a person to care about boats or cars. I drive a 96 minivan or sometimes a 02 SUV. Apparently, big ticket items don’t thrill me. Small kitchen appliances? Well, I get absolutely giddy about […]

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Curious about my new diet?

I’m on a short term — if dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, alcohol-free, soy-free for thirty days can be called short — diet. If you want to read the updates, I’m logging my experience here.

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Fajita Omelet – A Spicy Start to the Day

Try this Fajita Omelet for a nice switch to your omelet repertoire. Full of veggies and topped with avocado, it’s a great start to the day. I’ve been trying out an eating regiment that involves a good dose of protein and lots of vegetables at each meal. While skillet eggs are certainly one of my […]

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What in the World Will I Eat This Week? (Meal Planning)

Day 2 lunch

If you’ve been following along lately, either here or on facebook, you know that I’m on an elimination diet to see if one of the foods I’ve been eating is causing me pain. It could be something else, like hormones or a need for a chiropractic adjustment. I’m definitely going to investigate those avenues as […]

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Grocery Geek: Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Well, maybe you don’t. But, I do. I realize that I am in many ways a woman without a country. I don’t fit perfectly into any one social, political, religious, financial, or educational package. I am an eclectic mix of lots of thoughts and habits. One friend dubbed me a freak of nature. And you […]

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Artichoke Chile Dip

Asiago cheese, artichokes, and diced green chiles combine in a hot and bubbly dip that is sure to bring comfort. I’ve been a pregnant lady many times over. I’ve got six kids to prove it. And the stretch marks. During pregnancy I was always very careful to eat well. I read that What to Eat […]

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Win Some Gelato from Talenti (CLOSED)

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: katiebamford@, mjmlvspoooh@, bkbonham4@ Remember this? THIS is Talenti. It’s one of my very favorite desserts in the whole wide world. We recently got to sample this Caramel Cookie Crunch. And let me tell you, the FishKids were pretty decided when it came to choosing a flavor of […]

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Why I Love My Bread Machine

A bread machine can be a valuable asset to your kitchen. I can, but don’t want to, live without it. Once upon a time, I was a lost cause in a kitchen store. Santa Barbara was a fairly smallish town when I lived there as a college student, newlywed, and then a young mom. And […]

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Wholesome Energy Bars

Bake up a batch of these energy bars, full of whole grains, seeds, and dried fruit. They are a great way to start your morning. Years ago I worked as a server for a small Santa Barbara restaurant group. Brigitte and Norbert owned Brigitte’s, Brigitte’s Bakery, and Cafe B. I was fresh out of college, […]

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