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Vote For Me? Austin Blogger Awards

Woot! I’ve been nominated in the “Best Specialty Food Blog” category for the Austin Blogger Awards, sponsored by the Republic of Austin. You can see all the nominees here – they’re based in Austin, but publish stuff that’s good no matter where you find yourself. (And I’m delighted to see one of my favorite punk rock foodies in my nomination category… hell, yeah,... read more

But Dirty Can Be So Much Fun

Melissa and Dallas over at Whole9 Life have a brilliant post today about how to allow “treats” in our lives for optimal health and happiness. After all, even a superhero-in-training wants/needs a tortilla chip once a while. Help yourself to two heaping servings of good advice from the giant brains behind the Whole30 (which are so awesome, I desperately wish I’d written them myself): The... read more

Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

I la-la-love the flavor palette of this time of year: lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, cranberries, sweet potatoes… everything is earthy and warm and makes me want to curl up under a blankie with a cup of tea. But we superheroes-in-training can only afford to do that on rare occasions. The rest of the time, we need foods with bright colors and bright flavors that get us fired up to lift heavy things,... read more

Modern Paleo: Paleo Bloggers Rodeo

I recently found another great resource for clean eating and smart thinking: Modern Paleo. Modern Paleo offers writings and other resources by Objectivists on the principles and practices of nutrition, fitness, and health most conducive to human flourishing. We advocate a “paleo” perspective on these subjects. We use the evolutionary history of mankind, plus the best of modern science,... read more

Let’s Talk Turkey, Part 4

Today, my good intention bricks have been added to the road to Hell. I was super busy all day with the corporate overlords, and here it is, Thanksgiving Eve Eve. My house is kind of a wreck, it’s almost time for bed, and I have plans to cook all day tomorrow. I must admit defeat: The duck and sweet potato french fry recipes I promised you are going to have to wait until after Thursday, when I will... read more

Let’s Talk Turkey, Part 3

Oh, dear friends! I’m running late with my recipes… forgive me! I’ll get them posted early this evening, but should you need an emergency duck or sweet potato fries recipe, here are some good stand-ins ’til I get my act together. The roast duck and braised cabbage recipes I’m using are from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I will type them up 100%... read more

Turkey Day Tabata or Feast Gone Bad

photo from Flickr Here’s something you probably don’t know about me: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m sure you’re thinking it’s because of the food. And yes, it’s partially because of the food. But it’s mostly because I associate T-Giving with a laid-back attitude that’s all about togetherness and love. (And food. Which is love. If you do it... read more

Let’s Talk Turkey, Part 2

T-minus two days ’til Thanksgiving. Are you gettin’ ready?! You can see our menu for our Mostly Dino-Chow Thanksgiving™ right here. I’m sharing the  recipes  for our Mostly Dino-Chow Thanksgiving™ in two batches. In the interests of full disclosure, there are a few things you should keep in mind: 1. Several of these recipes are *Special-Occasion Only, which means they... read more

Talk Derby To Me

Hot off the presses keyboard… you can read me blah-blah-blah-ing about my Roller Derby days over at Sunnie’ Flowers. Want the CliffsNotes version? Check it: We ALL have a figurative Rollergirl inside of us. To be a Roller Derby athlete, you need to wear skates — but to embody the spirit of Roller Derby, you don’t need wheels… you just need to challenge yourself, develop the... read more

Let’s Talk Turkey

This year, we’re having a Mostly Dino-Chow Thanksgiving™. Everything on our table will be dino-chow-approved with two significant exceptions: we’re imbibing (Imbibing!) Czech beer, pink Prosecco, and Becherovka… and we’re indulging in a homemade dessert. Here’s our menu: Nibbles While We Play Board GamesSpiced NutsSpiced OlivesCrudité plate with herb olive oil for... read more

The Dinner Diaries

Through the years, I’ve used a food log on and off. At Weight Watchers in 2004, I bought their branded journals and dutifully tracked my “points.” It was illuminating to get a handle on what I consumed each day, and I loved the ritual of ticking off boxes and scribbling down each meal. When I switched to the Zone, I bought a notebook specifically to track my blocks and my training. This... read more

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