Meatless Monday: Quinoa Brussels Sprout Gratin with Smoked Cheddar

Brussel Sprout au Gratin Recipe with Quinoa and Cheddar Cheese | Gluten-Free Gratin Recipe I made this quinoa and Brussels sprout gratin a few weeks ago to bring to the second installment of my #FriendsinFood potluck dinner series.

Even though I’ve been blogging since November 2008, when I started my first site, I’ve always felt a little on the fringe of the food blog community. Somehow I never got my act together to get involved in the conference circuit. And though I’ve made a lot of awesome virtual friends, for a while it seemed like I was the only one who didn’t have a dedicated posse on the ground to share cocktails and conversation about the ups and downs of making Thanksgiving stuffing in September and margaritas at 10am on a Monday. Continue reading

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Video: How to Heal Your Gut Bacteria with Erica and Justin Sonnenburg

How to Heal Your Gut with Erica and Justin Sonnenburg For this week’s installment of Wellness Wednesday, I sat down with Erica and Justin Sonnenburg–two pioneers in the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms that inhabit it. This husband-wife team is pretty much Stanford University’s power couple of gut research, and they recently came out with the bestselling book, The Good Gut.

To continue my investigation into the best practices for eater’s digestion month, I talked to the Sonnenburgs about how we can nourish our good bacteria and, by extension, heal our guts. They had fascinating advice on the subject of dietary fiber and probiotics, including why a little gas after a bowl of lentils may not be such a bad thing…

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Bottoms Up: Blood Orange White Sangria

Blood Orange Sangria with Pomegranate and Lime | White Sangria Recipe | Blood Orange Drink
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or are one of my childhood friends, you might be alarmed to see the word “orange” in this white sangria recipe.

Some of my fruit phobias are irrational. But the long-standing hatred of oranges runs deep.

My old roommate Caitlyn had a similar pathological resentment towards ketchup. She didn’t know where the fear came from, until a few years ago her older sister told a story about a Halloween haunted house in their basement that included a bowl of ketchup “blood.” Somehow this part of the party didn’t manage to get cleared out, and young Caitlyn discovered the moldy, rotten bowl of ketchup a few months later. Continue reading

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Thai Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp and Bok Choy

Thai Pumpkin Curry Recipe with Shrimp and Bok Choy | Spicy Pumpkin Red Curry Sauce | Gluten-Free! One of the fun things about teaching is that it often reintroduces me to my own long-forgotten creations. And if it hadn’t been for my class at the Institute of Culinary Education in September, the inspiration for this Thai pumpkin curry recipe would have never meandered into my stomach.

A few weeks ago I had the OMG honor of meeting Gretchen Rubin, one of my personal wellness heroes and the original gangster of happiness who inspired my project. When I got home from her talk, I paged back through her latest book about finding better ways to arm wrestle our habits into submission. Continue reading

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A Fall Harvest Farmer’s Market Menu From Alexandra’s Kitchen


Friends! I have such a fall harvest treat for you today. I roped my friend Ali Stafford of Alexandra’s Kitchen into putting together some of her best fall Farmer’s Market recipes for this month’s challenge menu.

As a result of last year’s Mastering My Mistakes dinner, the Saveur Blog Awards, and my recent Friends in Food gatherings, I’ve gotten to meet some of the women I’ve most enjoyed creepin’ on from afar. Ali was one of the first sites I started following when I got into the blogging game six years ago, and definitely top of that list. Continue reading

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Video: How to Live Dirty & Eat Clean with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

How to Eat For Your Good Gut Bacteria | The Microbiome Solution with Dr. Robynne Chutkan | Video I was so pumped to kick off my eater’s digest month by hanging out with a serious baller in the integrative gastroenterology field.

Founder of the Digestive Center for Women, and one of three finalists for the Surgeon General, Dr. Robynne Chutkan is a leading expert on the subject of gut health. She’s also a total force of positivity and wit. Continue reading

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Meatless Monday: Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin-Seed Scallion Pesto

Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan! It’s always fun, in a slightly worrisome and embarrassing sort of way, when I get asked to teach someone a dish I’ve never made before. And such was the case with this cauliflower mashed potato recipe.

For potato lovers like myself, cauliflower can seem like the poor (paleo) man’s carb. But it is surprisingly adept at mimicking all manners of starch. I have yet to try the cauliflower fried rice that’s making the rounds on the web. But after this cauliflower pizza crust turned out perfectly dense and crispy, I’m officially a believer. Continue reading

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October Wellness Challenge: Eater’s Digest

Eater's Digest | Tips on Digestion, Gut Bacteria and Microbiome | How to Eat For Better Digestion It took two years of intense stomachaches before I finally, reluctantly dragged my butt to a doctor to figure out what was going. But really, all I had to do was look in the toilet to know that there was a serious problem with my digestion.

People get so squeamish about the scoop on their poop, but it’s the easiest way to gauge how your gut is performing on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis. You’ve got to take stock before you literally flush those valuable clues down the toilet! And let’s just say that if you can identify 4 out of 5 of your Just Salad toppings from that day’s lunch, it’s probably time to make some changes. Continue reading

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