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November 8, 2013

Weekend Obsessions 11.08.13

This week’s theme: try it. We are three weeks out until my favorite day of the year, aka Thanksgiving. Usually, on this holy of holy food days, by the time dinner is finally served I’m so stuffed with stuffing and soup and tastes of turkey drippings (don’t judge) that I can barely finish my plate. But somehow I usually manage to finish two. Because did you hear what I said? Favorite. Day. Of. The. Year. Just wait a minute, though. Could things get better? By golly they could. Because on top of gravy and mashed potatoes and yes, turkey drippings, […]

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March 29, 2013

Sneak Peep

I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a sweet tooth. I have several. Actually, a mouthful. And I can’t help but eat handfuls of sweets at a time. Anytime. Like even morning time. Or nighttime. Or all the inbetween times. It’s kind of amazing that I’m not eating candy right now. I get gitty at the movies. I get a rush during the holidays. And I fall madly in love with anyone (friend or friendly bunny) that comes to my house bearing sour chews, licorice strips, chocolate covered anythings, and fluffy marshmallow treats. And last week, my […]

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December 19, 2012

12 Days of Low-Sodium Blissmas

Today, we’re talking gifts. The gift of health. The gift of knowledge. The gift of pretty plates, portable boom boxes, low-sodium pickling spices, and everything else you need to make your diet feel absolutely LIMITLESS. And whether you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, or any other holiday, just remember that anytime is the right time to treat yourself or a loved one to these wrapable goodies and bites of wisdom. So let’s begin with the gift of health. Just like last year, I’ve created a Pinterest board inspired by my favorite items in my low-sodium tool belt. There are book shelves, dehydrators, […]

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December 13, 2012

Fa La La La Latkes

Before we talk about latkes we need to talk about potatoes. I love potatoes. I reaaaaaaally love them. Over the moon love them. Like, I would pay fifteen dollars for a small cup of salt-free french fries kind of love them. So now that we’re clear about this, let me confess something else. I hate potato latkes. Not the good crispy once-in-a-lifetime perfect latkes. But the soggy, grey, what-the-hell-happened latkes that seem to be my fate every Chanukah. And let me tell you this, it’s not that I don’t try. Because what could be more perfect that a patty made from […]

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November 14, 2012

Low-Sodium Thanksgiving: Sides

Here’s the quick and tasty: when losing the salt over the holidays, it doesn’t mean you’re burdened with bland meals. Instead, it means you have the opportunity (and duty!) to really stretch the classics and bring your favorite dishes to life with surprising flavors, exciting pairings, colorful twists. So over the next week, I’m going to do my best to stuff you full of low-sodium Thanksgiving tips. Keep an eye on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook for my favorite bites from the past and my new tricks for this year. And check back here often for recipes that will keep your […]

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January 5, 2012

Low-So January

My heart and kidneys are all a twitter because today, we start Low-So January. Wait, let me back up. Today, we start following Chelsea as she conquers Low-So January. Before I really get into the nitty gritty details, let me introduce you to my friend. This is Chels (the gorgeous one on the left). She’s wickedly smart. And funny. And talented. And modest. And beautiful inside and out. I know. I’m a lucky girl to have her in my life. She also loves to cook and entertain and eat and eat out. All qualities I find incredibly essential for the […]

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December 23, 2011

Twenty-Nine Candles

Birthdays used to be about ponies. With that blow of the candles, I’d wish for rainbows. The ability to fly. And ponies, of course. So when exactly did we stop asking for the impossible? Today, I’m 29. One year below that sexy 30 marker with eight years more than I’d thought I’d see. Since 2004, birthdays began to mean more than just cake and presents. Birthdays were badges of using 365 days to their fullest. And I have to think that my wishes have gotten better with age. At 21, I wished to survive. At 22, I wished to live […]

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December 16, 2011

Holiday Q & A

This is wild rice, pomegranate stuffing. It was my take on a recipe I found in one of these torn pages from one of many holiday-themed magazines. It was a dish that my mom specially requested for Thanksgiving. And one I happily made over for my salt-free diet. I added pickled cherries and pomegranates. Caramelized onions and fennel. And fresh apple and dill for some bite. And soon, I not only fulfilled my mother’s holiday cravings, but I had created a new recipe and tradition of my own. I want the same to be true for you and your holidays […]

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December 8, 2011

Cabbage Rolls for Tony

Tony played the trumpet. Tony played the piano. And often, with enough cajoling, he would play a round of scrabble or dominoes too. Especially if his odds looked good. Tony came into my life when I met my husband–an added bonus to our relationship that I often joked was what kept me around. He was full of spunk, good stories, and always perfectly timed words of advice. He had the impeccable ability to command a room in a most casual and comfortable way. And spending time with him felt bubbly like champagne mixed with the excitement of a lucky lottery […]

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November 23, 2011

Honey Five Spice Candy Apples

Before I sign off for a few days of feasting, I wanted to leave you with a sweet thought. Honey. Chinese five spice. Mini apples. They are a perfect final bite for any holiday meal. Or if you wrap them up real nice in some parchment paper, you can give them away as party favors for everyone to take home. The recipe does require some caution (hot caramel) and a candy thermometer. But other than those two warnings, it is extremely simple. And the results are extremely worth it. The original hails from natural cooking guru, Heidi Swanson, and her […]

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