beautiful food with BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE …

This looks like a pile of food scraps. Ok, it is a pile of food scraps. And so much more. Mixed in there is a whole lotta love and energy and beauty.

I had nothing to do with this pile of beauty other than joyously eating EVERYTHING that was made from the other more edible parts of these plants. So, I suppose I played my part quite well, thank you very much.

This past Memorial Day weekend, I spent some time at my cousin’s home in Katonah, NY. They had a lovely party with delectable food and even more delectable people.

I was quickly reconnected to the joy I have for cooking and for being around deep like-minded people. Ahhh, so refreshing. First the cooking … as I mentioned, I cooked none of it. However, watching others easily and lovingly move around the kitchen reminded me of, well, me. I look forward to the day that I make that an important part of my life again. And especially to having someone to share that with.

Even more importantly, obviously, were the people I met. I haven’t talked that much in a loooong time! Ok, yes, I was drinking. And that may have contributed slightly to my seemingly excessive talking (or a lot … who knows, I was drinking). When I find myself conversing with like-minded people, I have soooooo much more to talk about and it’s soooooo much less scary to share who I am.

I was a very quiet shy gal growing up and really only until a few years ago. However, many people have told me that they never saw me as shy. Man, it is so interesting what we tell ourselves. So, at this point in my life, I seek and manifest other similarly fabulous humans that I feel comfortable being my true self with. And I can tell rather quickly when we are not on the same page (only took 39 years! … and still learning …). These 2 wonderful new humans were so easy to talk with, to share with and we had a whole lot in common. I felt like I talked waaaaaay too much, and didn’t inquire as much about them. I have a million questions I could’ve asked (and still can, thanks to technology and connections). They were incredibly interesting deep passionate amazing beings. I love being reminded that they truly do exist out there! And that I am welcoming more and more of them into my world. Woot woot! Ok, so back to my story (am I talking too much again?!) … since I didn’t speak much for a good chunk of my life, when I do, it tends to feel like I’m talking too much or overpowering the conversation. Because it feels different and uncomfortable. Interestingly though, it also feels exciting and satisfying. A bit confusing for me to process sometimes. I need to get used to it though. Talking. Speaking my truth. Sharing who I am. I am so grateful for the people that welcome that and are open to that and embrace my truth. Ahhh, so refreshing.

My gratitude also extends to Greg and Elise for a wonderful party and a relaxing Monday and for also accepting me as me.

XO to all


SWEET kittea …

Curb that sweet craving with this tasty tea recipe (Disclaimer: adorable kitty will not appear if you make this). It’s sweet. It’s spicy. It’s creamy. It’s warming. It’s grounding. It’s delicious. 

  • 1/2 tsp licorice root (I bought mine here. You may be able to find in health food stores as well, in bulk herb/tea sections.)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (The company I linked to above also sells sweet cinnamon chips which could be substituted for ground.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Depending on the size of your mug, you may have to fill the rest of the mug with water so the herbs can steep in the liquid.)

Warm up almond milk/water on stovetop or in microwave. Place licorice root and cinnamon into a single cup tea strainer and pour the almond milk over the herbs. Cover and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Most of the cinnamon will sink to the bottom which makes for a very tasty ending, oooorrrr you could stir as you sip. Enjoy!

Additions if you want to mix it up: sprinkle of nutmeg; 1/4 tsp ginger; 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract.

bacon-wrapped PLEASURE …

Whoever decided to wrap bacon around dates was a fucking GENIUS.

What you need to make this edible gift from the heavens: bacon (the real pig kind), dates (I use Medjool), raw/marcona almonds or cheese (or go crazy and do both). Pit the dates, stuff them with 2 almonds and/or cheese and roll some bacon around that bad boy. I like thick-cut bacon, so I only used half a slice per date. To keep it all together and for ease of eating, feel free to poke a toothpick through the center. Carefully place these little angels in a shallow oven-proof dish and cook in a 375 degree oven until the bacon reaches your crispy liking. And then prepare to be transported to a sweet and savory orgasmic place …

ratatatat …

My first stab at ratatouille. It’s not just a cute movie and I’m not a cute rat chef (well, the cute part is dead on). I made it in the crockpot … easy and delicious and lots of leftovers. I love food and especially leftover food. I added ground beef to mine to make it a bigger dish (as we had family over) and more satiating. Served it over quinoa and voila!

I’ve had this post sitting in my drafts for months … not sure why I hadn’t posted it until now. Well, this dish does seem more appropriate for this time of year cause it’s warm and cozy. And yummmmmmmy! It’s also a lovely reminder to make it again :)

looks MATTER …

Check out my beautiful smoothie bowl … ok, I honestly have no idea what a smoothie bowl is. However, these are all things I would put in a smoothie, soooo … and I suppose I can call my dish whatever I want, right? Enough about the technicalities, let’s talk about how pretty it is. It’s all about the looks after all. Ok, fine … and the taste. Luckily it tasted as good as it looked. You wanna know what makes up this good lookin’ bowl of nutrition? I mashed up half of a ripe banana in some coconut milk, then added fresh raspberries, my homemade paleo granola, chia seeds and cacao nibs. Daaaaamn.

eat the EARTH …

Look at this beautiful deep burgundy green earthly creation. It came from my mom’s backyard and went right into my belly. Bitter, sweet, savory … just perfect. They were almost too pretty to eat, but I got over that.

One day, I’d like to work on my green thumb. These were planted by my dad and watered by my mom and the sky. I’m just the lucky one who got to eat the fruits (or, shall I say veggies) of their labor.

I was listening to a wonderful lecture yesterday for school by Christiane Northrup and she quoted her dad:

“Let the earth pass through you, and then you’ll be immune to everything.”

So eat dirt. Don’t wash veggies from your own garden. Fuck the 5 second rule, just eat it whenever. Eat food that looks like what it is supposed to look like. And eat every part of it. And your body, mind and spirit will love you for it.

i FORAGED this …

foraging before and after

This morning, I went for a short walk in the woods before my hardcore (not really) weights workout at the gym. I had stopped for a bit to take some photos of morning dew on a bush as a lady walked by with her dog and she told me that there are lots of wild scallions around right now. She said she picked some recently and added that they are much healthier than scallions you could buy in the store … I strongly agreed, of course (if you know me, you would know just how strongly I agreed). Then we got to chatting about eating local and she asked if I was a member of the Cropsey Farm CSA. OMG, someone who speaks my language! Plus, I had been considering joining this CSA. I am so grateful for those people that come along in my life and I can throw out holistic wellness acronyms and they know what I’m talking about. However, I am also extremely grateful for the ones that have no fucking clue what I’m saying, yet are ever so curious and want to learn more.

So, basically, I wanted to be friends with this lady, obviously. She told me to pick wild scallions and that there are lots of wild raspberries to pick here in the summer and told me about a few different CSAs in the area … yeah, her and I should be BFFs. Plus her dog was cute.

I walked back to the car carrying my scallions and on the way grabbed a few dandelion greens to spice (or bitter, rather) up my eggs that I had planned on making when I got home. Wrapped my foraged goods in a towel, went to the gym to get pumped up, then excitedly drove home with a growling stomach to cook my nature snacks!!! The greens on the bottom are spinach that I had at home, 2 pasture-raised over-medium eggs, sauteed scallions and dandelion greens with crushed red pepper and goat cheese on top. You can all wipe up your drool now. It did taste that good too.

Many areas have foraging classes if you have any desire to peruse nature for your food. I have never taken one myself (it’s on my list of things to do one day!), but I know that these 2 things are safe to eat … unless a dog pee’d on them, but I’ll live regardless ;)