Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Gluten-Free Is Me
Cold pasta salad tends to be the saddest and least exciting summer picnic side. For one thing, it’s usually one of the few dishes that doesn’t involve mayo. And if it does, well then, it just might be one of the only dishes in my book that shouldn’t.
Regardless of this dismal red gingham pasta landscape, when I was growing up, my mom made a bomb cold pasta salad that used fresh tomatoes and basil, and just a little balsamic. It tasted bright and egregiously garlicky—a far cry from the usual deli aisle limp, tart fusilli with kidney beans and mysterious chopped meats.… Continue Reading
It’s always such a trip to look back over old posts and peer into my mindset from one year ago. My blog two’s were certainly far from terrible, but they did include some quarter-life soul searching.
Last April, I was just in the beginning stages of introducing wellness content to the site via my monthly hangout series. After only two years of feeding you, I was nervous about shaking things up with posts that weren’t directly related to cooking, and topics that I wasn’t necessarily an expert in. But the question of how to find a middle ground between health and hedonism was haunting me, and I knew that I wanted to explore what that meant outside the kitchen.… Continue Reading
I’ve made a lot of lifestyle changes on my weird little wellness odyssey. But there’s probably no area that’s been made over more thoroughly than my morning routine.
This is a generous term for what I had been doing in the past. As a freelancer who works mostly from home, I’ve found it hard to keep any sort of routine. That’s not to say that I sleep in until 11am every day—quite the opposite. Without an office or any healthy boundaries that would help define the ever-aspirational goal of “work-life balance,” it’s not uncommon for me to come downstairs from my sleeping loft, sit down at my desk while the coffee is brewing, look up five hours later and realize that I’m still in my underwear and the coffee is still sitting on the counter.… Continue Reading
I’m finally back at my desk after a whirlwind month on the road. I’ve literally never been so happy to hike the steps to my sleeping loft and was practically lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of drunk people spilling margaritas outside my window. Perhaps it takes 2 solitary weeks on a mountaintop in Tennessee—with nothing (not even Netflix) to distract me from my own lame thoughts—to make me truly miss New York and all its loud dirty magic.
That said, I had a very productive time away. And unlike my usual travels, I actually had a kitchen for most of the time!… Continue Reading
My $40 Farmer’s Market wellness challenge came at the perfect time this month. I’ve just set up shop in Sewanee, Tennessee at a writer’s colony for two weeks of intense focus on the book.
Between the launch of the wellness project series on the blog, private cheffing, and the return of all my favorite shows from winter hiatus, I’ve been having the hardest time sitting down and cranking out pages for my manuscript. Left to my own scheduling devices at home, I procrastinate by cooking for the site, which is much easier to do while simultaneously watching The Voice than writing at a desk.… Continue Reading
When I first became gluten-free, I thought soba noodle salad would be my savior. That was almost 4 years ago, believe it or not. And let me tell you, I had a rude awakening the first time I tried to cook with 100 percent buckwheat noodles.
First of all, they were very difficult to find. Eden Organic seemed to be the only name in town and since the packages all looked identical, it took more than one trip to the grocery store to buy the correct kind that didn’t contain any wheat flour.
Once I finally got to cooking them, I quickly discovered why 100 percent buckwheat noodles aren’t really a thing.… Continue Reading
I feel a little bit guilty about cutting back on the number of recipes I’ve been serving up here. So as much as I’ve been LOVING sharing my wellness tips, it feels kind of nice to just curl up with you and this bowl of healthy chicken chile verde and gossip about tomatillos.
Aside from the cornstarch, which I used in place of AP flour as a thickener, this homey Tex-Mex stew is pretty much healthy hedonism in a bowl. And despite ghosts from my West Coast past, it couldn’t be easier to make.
For whatever reason, I’ve always found tomatillos to be a little intimidating.… Continue Reading
This means you’re about to experience the second most stressful day of the year to have fun (the first being your birthday, duh). I hope that you’ve made the wise choice to forgo the over-priced partay at da club and host your own shin dig instead. I finally came to my senses last year and did just that, and it was one of the best New Year’s Eves ever. Either way, you’re sure to wake up tomorrow wishing you could swap out your head for a slightly less throbbing model.
If you didn’t manage to think ahead with one of these healthy hangover brunches, your best bet for soaking up all that 2014 debauchery in your stomach is by whipping up a batch of pancakes.… Continue Reading